Awards

 

2019 Frank Thornton Player of the Year

 

Congratulations to Neville Rodwell on winning this award.

 

The award is given to the ACT member judged to have achieved notable tennis success over the past year  This award was first presented in 1981  It was given by Kath Thornton in memory of her husband. Frank Thornton was the inaugural Treasurer from 1970 to 1978 of Tennis Seniors ACT which was then known as the Senior Branch of the ACT Lawn Tennis Association. Frank also had a major involvement in the establishment and running of Lyneham.  He organised and involved himself in many working bees to ensure Lyneham was always kept neat and tidy and in a presentable condition.  The trophy has been awarded 37 times to 30 different members

 

Neville had a good year but there was disappointment when he had to pull out of the Australian 70+ team going to the World Titles in Croatia due to an injury.

 

Neville is a player who takes his tennis seriously by plenty of practice and plenty of tournaments while still enjoying the social aspects of tennis.  The commitment and dedication for improvement and the travelling around to compete in tournaments has resulted in Neville climbing to no 2 in the Australian rankings and no 30 in the International rankings.  Apart from being a good supporter of local tennis in the ACT Neville has found time this year to play tournaments in Canberra, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast

 

Apart from the tennis ability shown on the tennis court Neville is also recognised by his sunscreen war paint and almost complete cover up tennis outfits.

 

2019 George Henshilwood Award

 

Congratulations to Warren Muller on winning this award.

 

The award is given to the member judged to have made a significant contribution to ACT Seniors.  The award is made as a result of an endowment from the Henshilwood family in memory of their father.  George Henshilwood passed away in 2003 just short of his 90th birthday.  George was given a tennis racquet as a retirement gift at the age of 65.  He then took up tennis and joined the veterans.  A couple of years later he became editor of the then Vetset and carried out that task for 20 years.  The quarterly issues comprised at that time between 16 to 24 pages in a booklet form.  Every single word was handwritten by George before going to the printer.  He also served as Assistant Secretary and contributed in many other ways to seniors tennis.

 

Warren has demonstrated good people skills and good organisation skills by carrying the required role very efficiently.  He also has the organisation skills for assisting in the running of tennis days, handling entries, withdrawals and cancellations and the important aspect of ensuring sufficient eats and drinks for the after match discussion.  Warren has also proved invaluable over the past year by providing valuable input and comments into various discussions and correspondence concerning the future of seniors tennis in Australia.

 

 

2019 Tennis Australia Annual Awards

 

Congratulations to Pat Moloney on being named the Most Outstanding Tennis Senior 35+ at the Tennis Australia Awards and Newcombe Medal  Presentation held in Melbourne on 2 December.  Pat was nominated for the Australian Award after receiving the Tennis ACT Award as the 2019 Most Outstanding Tennis Senior 35+ on 14 September.  more

 

 

 

 

2019 Tennis ACT Annual Awards

 

The 2019 Tennis ACT Annual Awards Celebration was held in the Bradman Pavillion, Manuka on Saturday 14 September. The awards night is held annually, bringing together the ACT Tennis community to recognise and thank the outstanding coaches, players, clubs, officials and volunteers, who have continuously contributed to a successful year of tennis in the ACT. 

 

Peter Roberts and Graham Bartlett were inducted into the Tennis ACT Walk of Fame.

 

Pat Moloney received the Award for the Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior.  At the time Pat was over in Umag, Croatia with the Australian Bitsy Grant team at the World Titles.

TSA Hall of Fame

 

The Australia Seniors Tennis Players Hall of Fame was launched at our Teams Carnival Dinner held on Friday 11 January 2019 in Shepparton.  Several of the initial 12 inductees were present including our first "legend" Carol Campling who had amassed a total of 20 ITF World Titles and 56 Australian Titles. Ros Balodis was honoured at the elite level.  It was a joyous occasion to recognise those among us who have shown the talent and tenacity to win so many ITF World and Australian Seniors Tennis Title    more  

 

2018 TSA Awards

 

The Annual TSA Awards for 2018 were announced at the Team Carnival Dinner/Dance held on 11 January   ACT was well represented in these awards with Ros Balodis again awarded the Player of the Year and  Peter Breugelmans the Administrator of the Year.  Congratulations to Ros and Peter

 

Ros won her award fir her outstanding results both overseas and in Australia. R

 

 

Peter won his award  for  his work as Public Officer for TSA as well as his dedication to the Treasurer position both at club level and State level.  Peter stepped down as the Public Officer  at the TSA  AGM after holding the position for many years

 

2018 Frank Thornton Player of the Year

 

Congratulations to Helen Holcombe on winning this award. Graham Smith presenting Helen with the trophy.

 

The award is given to the ACT member judged to have achieved notable tennis success over the past year  This award was first presented in 1981  It was given by Kath Thornton in memory of her husband. Frank Thornton was the inaugural Treasurer from 1970 to 1978 of Tennis Seniors ACT which was then known as the Senior Branch of the ACT Lawn Tennis Association. Frank also had a major involvement in the establishment and running of Lyneham.  He organised and involved himself in many working bees to ensure Lyneham was always kept neat and tidy and in a presentable condition.  The trophy has been awarded 36 times to 30 different members

 

Helen had a very good year at all levels with the main highlight her win in the 65 women doubles at the World Titles in Croatia.  more,,,

 

2018 George Henshilwood Award

 

Congratulations to Barbara McCluskey on winning this award - Barbara receiving his award from Graham Smith.  Barbara received the Award for her dedication as a player and administrator.

 

The award is given to the member judged to have made a significant contribution to ACT Seniors.  The award is made as a result of an endowment from the Henshilwood family in memory of their father.  George Henshilwood passed away in 2003 just short of his 90th birthday.  George was given a tennis racquet as a retirement gift at the age of 65.  He then took up tennis and joined the veterans.  A couple of years later he became editor of the then Vetset and carried out that task for 20 years.  The quarterly issues comprised at that time between 16 to 24 pages in a booklet form.  Every single word was handwritten by George before going to the printer.  He also served as Assistant Secretary and contributed in many other ways to seniors tennis.

 

Tennis is something Barbara has spent a lifetime at.  Barbara was born in Canberra into a tennis playing family.  She was a  promising junior along with her sister Margaret.  more...

 

 

2018 Tennis ACT Annual Awards

 

The 2018 Tennis ACT Annual Awards Celebration was held in the Next Generation Club, Lyneham on Saturday 15 September. The awards night is held annually, bringing together the ACT Tennis community to recognise and thank the outstanding coaches, players, clubs, officials and volunteers, who have continuously contributed to a successful year of tennis in the ACT. 

 

Two people were inducted into the Tennis ACT Walk of Fame - Bruce Larkham and Charles Boag

 

Ros Balodis received the Award for the Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior for her performances both in Australia and overseas. 

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2017 TSA Awards

 

The Tennis Seniors Australia (TSA) awards for 2017 were announced at the Presentation Dinner/Dance held on 13 January following the Australian Teams carnival on the Gold Coast.

 

Ros Balodis won the Player of the Year for her performances in Australia and at the World Titles in 2017.

 

Pat Moloney won the Administrator of the Year for his knowledge and work as Secretary of TSA for 6 years and his liaison and working with and within States and Territories.

 

 Max Byrne from Tasmania  received the Player Recognition Award.

 

 

 

2017 Frank Thornton Player of the Year

 

Congratulations to Leonie Ainsworth on winning this award.

 

The award is given to the ACT member judged to have achieved notable tennis success over the past year  This award was first presented in 1981  It was given by Kath Thornton in memory of her husband. Frank Thornton was the inaugural Treasurer from 1970 to 1978 of Tennis Seniors ACT which was then known as the Senior Branch of the ACT Lawn Tennis Association. Frank also had a major involvement in the establishment and running of Lyneham.  He organised and involved himself in many working bees to ensure Lyneham was always kept neat and tidy and in a presentable condition.  The trophy has been awarded 35 times to 29 different members.

 

Leonie has been a supporter of Twilight Pennant and played in numerous country tournaments as well as State and Australian Championships over the years.  She has played in ACT teams in 8 Australian Team Carnivals and on 3 occasions has been part of winning teams.  She was on the Committee for 4 years and was involved in the new uniforms and the organisation of the Australian Championships in Canberra.

 

In the last 12 months, Leonie

·        1)  reached a final of the doubles at the 2016 Victorian Senior Grass Championships at Yarrawonga

·        2)   won titles at the 2016 ACT Seniors Tennis Tournament

·        3)  reached a final of the doubles at the 2017 Oceania Senior Regional Championships

·         4)  won a singles title and made a final in mixed doubles at the 2017 ACT Open Seniors Tennis Tournament,

·         5)  reached a final of a doubles in the 2017 NSW State Seniors Championships

·        6)   won events in Senior Tournaments at Goulburn, Wagga, Forbes, Moruya and Merimbula.

 

·    The year was made when Leonie was  selected in Australia’s Alice Marble Cup (W60) team for the 2017 ITF Seniors World Team Championships in Florida, USA

 

2017 George Henshilwood Award

 

Congratulations to Colin Lyons on winning this award - Colin receiving his award from Graham Smith with Betty's assistance. 

 

The award is given to the member judged to have made a significant contribution to ACT Seniors.  The award is made as a result of an endowment from the Henshilwood family in memory of their father.  George Henshilwood passed away in 2003 just short of his 90th birthday.  George was given a tennis racquet as a retirement gift at the age of 65.  He then took up tennis and joined the veterans.  A couple of years later he became editor of the then Vetset and carried out that task for 20 years.  The quarterly issues comprised at that time between 16 to 24 pages in a booklet form.  Every single word was handwritten by George before going to the printer.  He also served as Assistant Secretary and contributed in many other ways to seniors tennis.

 

Colin has been a member of TSACT for 13 years and during this period he has played in a number of country tennis tournaments as well as our Open Easter Tournament.  He has also played for the ACT in a couple of Australian Team Carnivals.

 

On the administrative side Colin has been on the Committee for 12 years.  During this period he  has worked very hard to get more players involved in seniors tennis.  He has run the Sunday round robin tournaments for the last 10 years through the cold and hot, the wet and dry.

 

2017 Australian Tennis Awards

 

Congratulations to Ros Balodis on winning the Australian Tennis Award for the Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior for 2017.  Ros received the award at the Australian Tennis Awards ceremony at the Crown Palladium, Melbourne on 27 November. This is her third Australian Tennis Award in this category.  more