Shenton Park: Onslow Park Tennis Club president James Edwards wins volunteer award


Onslow Park Tennis Club president James Edwards won volunteer’s award at the Newcombe Medal Australia Tennis Awards. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Onslow Park Tennis Club president James Edwards won volunteer’s award at the Newcombe Medal Australia Tennis Awards. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

SHENTON Park-based Onslow Park Tennis Club president James Edwards has won the volunteer achievement award at the Newcombe Medal Australia Tennis Awards in Melbourne.

Mr Edwards, who has been president for 13 years, said the award was “not only a reflection of my efforts, but the commitment and support of the committee members and many dedicated volunteers”.

The award, presented last month, recognises those who create relationships between clubs and their communities, and developing active players.

“The club’s nomination of Edwards was not only based on the transformation the club has experienced, but also on the countless hours he invests in club activities, with no club task considered too large or trivial for Edwards to fit it into his otherwise busy professional life,” Tennis West chief executive Michael Roberts said.

Mr Edwards’ efforts included going to the club on weekends to fix pergolas, attending junior awards ceremonies and taking new international members to his home.

The award also recognised the transformation of the Onslow Road-based club from an all-grass court facility that broke even with less than 100 members.

It now has connections to the Shenton Park and Subiaco communities, 240 members, four hard courts, juniors and pennants competitions, and plans to convert two grass courts into flood-lit hard courts.

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