South West Outstanding Achievement Award for Tricia Smith!

On Tuesday 3 July at The Championships, Wimbledon, the winners and finalists of the British Tennis Awards 2017 rallied together for the official awards ceremony. This included Penzance Tennis Club Member and Honorary Treasurer Tricia Smith, who won both the County and Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement (front row, 3rd in from right). The British Tennis Awards are a celebration of the thousands of people who go above and beyond to support the game, from grassroots initiatives to supporting Britain’s biggest major events. Featuring fourteen categories, the awards recognise the people and places who help keep tennis ticking across the nation. In the autumn, a record-breaking 1,460 nominations were received by the LTA to recognise the outstanding efforts of volunteers, coaches, officials, teachers and many others playing a vital role in growing the game. After a rigorous judging process at both County and Regional levels, an expert panel made up of LTA, Tennis Foundation and Sport England, volunteers and former British professional player Naomi Cavaday, got together to decide the national winners and finalists. Tricia became a playing member of the club in 2010 and soon after volunteered to become the Honorary Treasurer bringing her accounting expertise to the role. The Role Profile for the Honorary Treasurer asks the holder to commit to 2 to 3 hours per week throughout the year, but Tricia has worked far in excess of that commitment. Her contribution does not stop there. Tricia is ever present to welcome new players to the club, introducing them to other members at the weekly social tennis sessions helping them to quickly embed themselves as members. She has also run several fun tennis tournaments at the club some of which have been held on New Years Day. Trevor Newborn, Club Chairman commented “Tricia is the epitome of an ‘unsung hero’. Her contribution to the life of the club goes unrecognised by many. Yet, by contrast, her impact has been profound, ensuring the professional, sound, financial management of the club and consequently the promotion and enjoyment of tennis at this site by those across the region and beyond. Her legacy will be felt for many years by the club and all of its users because of her outstanding achievement”. For the complete rundown click here. Tricia and her partner Julian meet Judy Murray! Tricia’s Award...

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Our Juniors win Aegon 9U Orange Tournament again!

Well done to our four junior players, Amelia, Jacob, Freddie and Archie who represented the club in the Aegon Orange Ball Tournament and won yet again! They all played really well, had a great team spirit and are a credit to the...

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Dave Murthwaite represents Cornwall in Over 50s league

Cornwall over 50s tennis team began their inter-counties championship season with a well deserved 4 rubbers to 1 win over visitors Avon at Newquay on Sunday. Alistair Anderson (Newquay) playing at No1 singles squeezed past a tricky opponent for a close fought 7-5, 7-6 victory, including recovering from a service break down in the first set. Chris Waters (Truro) settled the nerves with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 win playing at No 2 singles. In doubles Gary Spencer (Truro) paired with David Murthwaite (Penzance) making his county debut to recorded an excellent a 6-3, 6-3 win. Murthwaite acquitted himself particularly well, serving with great accuracy and volleying with confidence at the net. Spencer backed up the debutant with his usual solid all round display. In the return doubles Waters and Anderson came through in a high quality match holding off a spirited Avon fightback to win 6-3, 6-4. In the other doubles Spencer and Murthwaite fell to the aggressive clean hitting of their opponents 1-6, 2-6. Overall a very satisfying start to the intercounties season for the Cornwall over 50s team, who will next travel with confidence to take on what they expect to be a strong Derbyshire side. Pictured left to right Cornwall over 50s Tennis Team of: David Murthwaite (Penzance), Alastair Anderson (Newquay), Chris Waters (Truro) and Gary Spencer (Truro) Mike Thomas Cornwall Over 50s...

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Success for Sue Nash and Steve Cox in Lylie Young Tournament

Everyone that took part in the Lylie Young over 35s Tournament last Sunday had great fun and once again the weather was kind with glorious sunshine for a large part of the day. The players (ladies and men) played as individuals earning one point for every game won in 20 minute rounds. After 4 rounds and a break for lunch the semi finals were played by Sue Nash and Steve Cox (winners) vs Suzie Sinclair and Mike Vandersluys (6-4) and Dawn Roberts and Chris Cox-Webber (winners) vs Sam Wardman and David Newberry (6-5). An exciting and closely fought final saw eventual winners Sue Nash and Steve Cox beat Dawn Roberts and Chris Cox-Webber 6-5. Thanks go to Tomasz Helman, tournament referee who did a great job keeping things running smoothly and to the First Service Cafe for keeping the players and spectators well fed! Winners Sue Nash and Steve Cox with referee Tomasz Helman Runners up Dawn Roberts and Chris...

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GAME, SET AND MATCH TO LOCAL SCHOOLS AT PENZANCE TENNIS CLUB

Children from junior schools across Penwith came to Penzance Tennis Club last Thursday to compete in the annual Schools Tennis Tournament. There were two competitions, one for Under 8s and one for Under 11s. Each school team was represented by four players who played other schools in their division. In a very close Under 8 competition Alverton School were the champions beating Five Islands School in the final. Nancledra School were third and only missed out on a place in the final by a single point. The Under 11 competition was won by St Uny School with Five Islands School again coming second and Alverton coming third. Tournament Director at Penzance Tennis Club, Sammy Bassett said “it has been a fantastic day for everyone involved. The standard of the tennis has been extremely high and the sportsmanship showed by the young players has been excellent.”   The Schools Tennis Tournament is part of the School Games programme organised by Neil Eddy at Mounts Bay Academy. Through this tournament Alverton, Five Islands and St Uny Schools have qualified for the county final in June where they will take on players from other schools in Cornwall.     For more information please contact Head Coach Ian Vidgen on...

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Lylie Young Fun Tournament – Sunday 10th June

FUN TOURNAMENT – The Lylie Young Trophy – Sunday 10th June OVER 35’s – FOR ALL ABILITIES Arrive 9.40 am to register Start 10 am prompt! £5 entry fee Coffee Break/Lunch Break/Tea and Cake break – all available from First Service Café and Bar Finals at 3pm – stay and watch to cheer the players on! Presentation of prizes 3.30 pm for winners and runners up. Sign up and support the event on the sheet on the noticeboard in the clubhouse and please leave contact details in case of poor weather. Please note: players should be prepared to play on both surfaces and we thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Tournament referee, Tomasz...

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