Local tennis stars shine at awards night

Local tennis stars shine at awards night

MELVILLE tennis stars have shone at a recent awards night.

The 2019 WA Tennis Industry Awards Night was held last FridayOct11 at Optus Stadium in front of a crowd of almost 300 guests.

Alfred Cove resident Talia Gibson took out the Junior Tennis Star (Female) award, Myaree resident and Melville Tennis Club member Debra Kirk won the Most Outstanding Tennis Senior award, and Blue Gum Tennis Club’s Maureen Smith won the Service to Tennis Award.

Bullcreek Tennis Club won the Most Outstanding Inclusion Program for Perth Performance Tennis to round out the local awards.

Gibson’s long-time coach Tate Roberts, from the Brixton Tennis Centre, was acknowledged for his coaching prowess and given the Coaching Excellence Development Award.

Gibson is the number one ranked Australian female player for the 2004 birth year, in addition to moving inside the top 100 junior players in the world.

Winning the Australian 14/U National Championships in Melbourne in December, Gibson played an integral role in WA winning the 14/U Girls National Teams Championships. Claiming three ITF junior Singles titles, Gibson won the J2 Tweed Heads International, Mapei Gold Coast Junior International and Rod Laver Queensland Junior Championships.

Alfred Cove tennis ace Talia Gibson. Picture: David Baylis

Marking 20 years of service to Tennis Seniors WA, Kirk was recognised at the awards for her unwavering dedication and commitment to raising the profile of tennis to those 35 and over.

Perth Performance Tennis Academy successfully brings tennis to people with special needs, including those with Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy, through the delivery of multiple weekly classes.

Having being involved in coaching for some 60 years, Smith’s influence on the WA tennis community has been far reaching.

Beginning her coaching days at the Arthur Marshall’s School of Tennis, Smith has coached all levels of athletes including school students, juniors, mid-week ladies, State League teams, PSA school teams and beginner adults across both the metropolitan and regional areas of WA