Loton Park Tennis Club wins LGBTI Small Club Award

Loton Park Tennis Club president Tony Boutoubia, City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole, Loton Park Tennis club member and former president Doug Kirkwood, Tennis West chief executive Michael Roberts.
Loton Park Tennis Club president Tony Boutoubia, City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole, Loton Park Tennis club member and former president Doug Kirkwood, Tennis West chief executive Michael Roberts.

LOTON Park Tennis Club won the LGBTI Small Club Award and its president Tony Boutoubia was named Out Role Model at the 2019 National Pride in Sport awards held in Melbourne last week.

Boutoubia beat three finalists, including top 30 singles player Casey Dellacqua, to win the role model award.

Perth Pythons Hockey Club won the LGBTI Community Sports Award.

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’.

Boutoubia said the club members lived by the 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.”

Boutoubia, 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.