Tennis stalwarts honoured
Stalwarts of Norfolk tennis were honoured at the county LTA's annual meeting. Eddie Gee was made an honorary life member for his tireless contribution to the running of Hunstanton Tennis Club and its tournaments and events.
Stalwarts of Norfolk tennis were honoured at the county LTA's annual meeting. Eddie Gee was made an honorary life member for his tireless contribution to the running of Hunstanton Tennis Club and its tournaments and events. Jane Miller was made an honorary life member for her work in Norfolk over the last 30 years as a coach for the county, clubs and schools, as well as a committee member of the Norfolk branch of the British Tennis Coaches Association in various capacities ending for the last six years as chairman, a position from which she has just retired. Anna Mutimer received the honorary life vice-president's award for her unstinting efforts for the benefit of tennis players in the county, including coaching, refereeing tournaments, producing - in conjunction with Pauline Butcher and then Jean Harris - the Norfolk Tennis News, and representing the NLTA on the LTA council for 15 years.
County Colours were awarded to Jim Wiseman (60+), David Youngs and Andrew Devaney (35+) and Chris Parker (senior team). Cups are awarded to the most successful senior male and female county team player.
The ladies' Margaret Johnson-Taylor award went to Jenny Stocker, while the men's Robin Lincoln Trophy went to James Auckland.
County secretary Jolyon Harris reported on the setting up of the Tennis East office in Cambridge under the leadership of Peter Drew (01223 210111)).
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This office is now responsible for the administration of LTA business for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
The Norfolk office at Lakenham will, however, continue for the time being under the auspices of Sharon Watts, covering all local county tennis affairs including county teams, county championships, club affiliation and distribution of Wimbledon tickets.
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The secretary thanked Sue Bradley-Watson for her work as county tournament co-ordinator, plus the many volunteers without whom the association could not run satisfactorily. New president Tony Edelsten thanked outgoing president Geoffrey Copeman and Jolyon Harris for all their hard work.
Other elections: secretary Richard Palmer, assistant secretary Jolyon Harris, treasurer Patrick Harris, assistant treasurer Jean Shepherd, LTA councillor Colin Stocker.
Norfolk's top two players have headed home for a Challenger tournament at Wrexham after losing in the Australian Open qualifiers.
Richard Bloomfield was beaten 4-6, 2-6 by Stefan Koubek, while James Auckland went down 0-6, 5-7 to Mathieu Montcourt.