Tennis Scotland Announces Winners Of Coveted 2023 Awards
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The winners of the Tennis Scotland Awards for 2023 have been announced, celebrating the formidable achievements and contributions of individuals, clubs, programmes, and competitions in 2022.
This year, the esteemed Lifetime Achievement award, recognising an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the tennis community over an extended period, has been given to Ken Revie. In addition to being a competitive player at club, county and international levels over many years including a Scottish No.1 Men’s Ranking for ten years, Ken also contributed to the sport off the court through his leadership skills and serving as the Governance Board Director for Tennis Scotland for six years. During this period, and supported by colleagues, significant modernisation took place.
Abercorn Lawn Tennis Club has earned the prestigious Club of the Year title for a range of developments including actively encouraging more females to participate in tennis, reflected in their 83% growth in female memberships over the last three years.
Alessia Palmieri has netted the Development Coach of the Year award for her commitment and dedication to developing tennis and also specifically enhancing the afterschool and weekend programme for children of all ages and abilities at Fossoway Tennis Club.
Additionally, Prestwick Academy Girls’ Team has been awarded Team of the Year after their success in every round of the Schools Competition, qualifying for the National Finals in Nottingham and finishing as runners up in the Scottish School’s First Division. Thanks to their efforts, the team achieved the best results of any other sports team within the school over the last few decades.
For the second year running, the University of St Andrews has been recognised as University of the Year. In 2022, the quality of the environment in which the club operates allowed them to reach record achievements, including two promotions and no demotions, a Scottish Student Sport champion title and two players reaching BUCS individuals finals. This is in addition to significant facility developments and investments.
Charlie Robertson and Jacob Fearnley have been awarded Junior Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year respectively. Charlie climbed the ITF World Rankings to finish the year in the top 150 (now 67) after winning 4 ITF events. Meanwhile, Jacob had a stellar year contributing to a historical year for Texas Christian University in the US wining various titles which included being Ranked No.1 in Doubles and achieving a high of No.8 in the ITA Collegiate Rankings in the US.
Finally, after winning an incredible five doubles titles in 2022 including a $80k Event in France and reaching a career-high of 118 in February, Ali Collins has secured International Player of the Year and is steadily climbing up the world rankings.
Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland Chief Executive, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to every winner at this year’s Tennis Scotland Awards, and thank all who do so much for Scottish tennis and who celebrated the Awards with us in person at the Stirling Court Hotel.
“As the Scottish governing body, we are grateful for the individuals and organisations that have played their part in growing and developing tennis across Scotland over the last year. With record numbers of members within our club network and record entries at many competitions, there is real momentum in Scottish tennis, and we look forward to further developments in 2023. Best wishes to all our winners who go ahead to the LTA British Awards this year.”
Tennis Scotland Awards 2023 winners in full:
Volunteer of the Year: Teresa Tait
Rising Star: Euan Donegan
Development Coach of the Year: Alessia Palmieri
Performance Coach of the Year: Joe Gill
Communities and Park: Promoting Inclusion Through Sport
University of the Year: University of St Andrews
School of the Year: Dollar Academy
Tennis for All: Accessible Tennis CIC
Official of the Year: Lucy Davies
Competition of the Year: East Lothian Open
Team of the Year: Prestwick Academy Girls’ Team
Club of the Year: Abercorn LTC
Senior Veteran Player of the Year: Sarah McFadyen
Junior Player of the Year: Charlie Robertson
Senior Player of the Year: Jacob Fearnley
International Player of the Year: Ali Collins
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ken Revie