The Tennis Northern Awards were held on Wednesday 25th May, 2016, recognising the achievements of the 43 clubs on the North Shore and Northland.

We won CLUB OF THE YEAR for the second year running, four of our members won individual awards and two members were award finalists.

There were six awards – we submitted nominations for all awards and were finalists (typically 3 finalists selected) in all award categories. This in itself is a wonderful achievement but we went one step better and won a number of these awards. The six awards, with nominees and results, were:

1. Club of the Year – WINNER. Winning this for a second year in a row with a number of clubs stating we are an inspiration to their clubs is a noteworthy accolade.

2. Administrator of the Year – WINNER (Brendon Forbes). Brendon has completed a number of initiatives (club history, affiliation working group participant, membership survey, newsletter etc.) which couldn’t be achieved without the support of the Executive and club members.

3. Volunteer of the Year – WINNER (Adrienne Croad). Ady is instrumental in the success of the junior program and is successful at applying for grants to offset club expenses.

4. Coach of the Year – WINNER (Ken McLeod). Ken is a consummate professional on the court, his lessons are memorable and life changing and the same can be said when he is off the court.

5. Outstanding Club Contribution – FINALIST (Bryan Barrett). Bryan has contributed to the club over a number of years – President, Club Captain, Bar Manager, Maintenance etc. – but lost out to a worthy Northcote nominee.

6. Best Innovation – FINALIST (Simon Yock & website/communication). The overhaul of the website is professional and innovative. The website is now vibrant, fresh and can stand up to any of the other websites on the internet. Takapuna won this award for their web-based court booking scheme.

Other major awards (based on player results) were decided solely by Tennis Northern. Margaret Burgess won the Senior Player of the Year (open to players 35 years old and above) – recognition of her skill & achievements on the court (world rank #7 in her age group).

Congratulations to the aforementioned individuals, to the Executive and to all our members for retaining such a prestigious award as Club of the Year. The Executive devote an enormous amount of time and energy to the club for which I thank them – I hope you also recognise this. Our members define the club and everyone should feel justifiably proud.

Well done. You’re all amazing.

Brendon Forbes