Rosie Fox, a junior in coaching in recent years at Chatteris Tennis Club, became the pride of her family, especially her mum Katy, when she was announced as winner of the coveted Julie Wing Junior Coaching Award for 2019 at the Club’s Annual Junior Coaching Tournament on Sunday.
For in doing so she has emulated her mum, Katy, who started to play tennis at a similar age and also won her club’s Junior Tennis Award.
However, shortly after Katy won her award several years ago, her tennis days were tragically cut short by an accident which has confined her to a wheelchair ever since.
So it was no surprise when Rosie’s mum Katy and Dad Andy and Godparents too, who regularly attend her coaching sessions as spectators, expressed, their delight that the family’s love of tennis will now be carried forward by Rosie.
When presenting Rosie with her award, Dave Wing, who now run’s Junior Club Nights at the Club, described Rosie as an outstanding role model for young ladies seeking to take their first steps towards a lifetimes pleasure from tennis.
In a unique departure from the norm this year, two winners were granted the award, now in its 5th year as those responsible for selecting the winner felt unable to decide between 2 candidates, deemed equally deserving in different ways, to be recipients of the award in 2019.
So Francis Antonio (15) was also presented with the award too. In presenting Francis with his award, Dave highlighted how Francis, who has also attended coaching for several years, has demonstrated an exceptional rise in his playing talents in recent months. Benefitting from regularly attending Junior Club Nights, introduced last year, Francis has now been invited to play on all Club nights with the adult members too. Invited also to compete in the Club’s flagship Priddey Cup Mixed Doubles Tournament for the first time 3 weeks ago, Francis achieved runner up status! This week he is due to play his first league match for the Club’s Men’s C Team in the HPT League.
Both Rosie and Francis will now receive, as part of the award, 4 one to one, one hour coaching sessions with the Club’s coach Lisa Kennedy.
The Junior Coaching Tournament, which was held in glorious sunshine featured 30 young players aged 5+. Their families, friends and club members swelled to the attendance to a record 80+ for this important event in the Club’s calendar. The spectators witnessed great competitive spirit by all who participated, with many of the participants receiving special awards for their performance on the day and in coaching over the past 12 weeks.
Winners of the individual tournaments for each category of juniors were: Krillen Millwood, Louise Gardner, Samuel Clews, Archie Ronald and Liam Garcia. Tony Brown won the Adults in Coaching Tournament, which preceded the Junior Event.
On the Saturday, the day before the Tournament, the Club also provided an event for the whole community by hosting in association with British Tennis a “ Come & Try Tennis for Free” afternoon sponsored by Nature Valley.
Members of the Club were on hand to welcome people of all ages to gain an insight into the pleasure that playing tennis can provide.
All afternoon the courts were packed with over 80 people attending. Many expressed great interest in both the Club’s provision of coaching for children aged 5+ and coaching for adults wishing to learn to play. Coaching sessions resume on 8th Sept after a break for the school holidays.
A significant number of families attending also expressed the desire not to wait that long to gain pleasure from having fun playing tennis together and signed up for the Special Summer Holiday Family Membership, which the Club has introduced this year.
The Club was delighted by how many people attended this weekends activities, being grateful too for the local sponsorship extended by Jacks, Chatteris which contributed to the outstanding success of these 2 major events in the Clubs Calendar.