Fife winners at Tennis Scotland awards
There were plenty of local winners at the recent Tennis Scotland awards for 2021.
The awards recognise the contribution of individuals, clubs, programmes and competitions that helped tennis to thrive in 2020 as participation soared.
Rick Gardner from St Andrews has been rewarded with a services to tennis honour in recognition of his many years of dedication to the sport.
Rick has a long association with Tennis Scotland having operated in both vice president and president roles, in addition to acting as Scotland’s tutor for new referees and court supervisors which secured his title of official of the year in last year’s awards listings.
Katie McKay has been named as young person of the year as a reward for engaging children in the sport throughout 2020 through online challenge videos and activities. Katie’s coach, Steven Birrell, also of Wormit & Newport TC, has earned the development coach of the year title for his efforts to deliver a successful coaching programme whilst progressing personal development in addition to other coaches, leaders and players.
In total, 13 category winners won awards in addition to three special recognition awards which have been handed to John Stevenson, Rick Gardner and John Frame as an honour for serving the tennis community over a prolonged period.
Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland chief executive, said: “Following the barriers we faced, it feels more important than ever to acknowledge the drive and passion within our community which resulted in the continued growth of tennis in Scotland.”