PERTH’S Loton Park Tennis Club has been named a finalist in the 2019 Pride in Sport Awards.
The club was named as one of four finalists in the Small Club Award category, with club president Tony Boutoubia also named as one of four finalists for the Out Role Model Award.
Mr Boutoubia shares the shortlist with fellow WA Tennis representative and top 30 singles player Casey Dellacqua.
Loton Park is the only Australian LGBTI member-based managed tennis club in Australia, sporting a rainbow motif on their club logo and the motto ‘Diversity is our advantage’.
Mr Boutoubia said the club members lived by this motto every day.
“The committee and club members have worked extremely hard to create a safe and inclusive sporting venue for all,” he said.
“Sport does not discriminate – people do. My aim is to educate, take action and build inclusiveness at all sporting levels, to change the hearts and minds of all sports people to allow everyone to play sport together.”
The Loton Park president, also known as ‘Tony Tennis’, competes in the worldwide Gay and Lesbian Tennis circuit, was ranked world number one in 2018 in A-Grade doubles, and competed in the World Championship Titles in Germany earlier this year.
“I would encourage everyone to be and find their true authentic self, be proud and confident of who you are, and continue to play or join the sport that makes you happy,” he said.
The 2019 Pride in Sport Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 12, in Melbourne.