Seaton Tennis Club talented junior and coach recognised in county awards

16:25 04 February 2014

Archant

Seaton Tennis Club’s talented junior Emma Hurst and her coach Derek Blackmore were recognised at the Devon LTA AGM and Awards’ night at Exeter’s David Lloyd Tennis Centre, writes Belinda Bawden.

Emma Hurst was awarded Devon LTA Junior County Colours for making an outstanding contribution to Devon Junior tennis. National Junior Emma is now ranked fifth nationally in the U18s, and 82nd nationally in the the Women’s Open rankings. She is the number one seed for the U18 Girls’ Devon Team competing in the County Cup at Tarka, Barnstaple on 28th February. Emma’s coach, Derek Blackmore, also received an award for being nominated as Devon Coach of the Year.

Emma was also runner up with a silver medal in the finals of the U18s National Tour Finals at Bath a few weeks ago. The Colyton Grammar School student has also found time to qualify as an LTA Level 2 Coaching Assistant and hits with juniors and adults at the club.

Derek Blackmore was nominated for Devon Coach of the Year by Seaton Tennis Club for his positive contribution to adult tennis at the club, as well as his success with Emma and other juniors. Derek’s coaching sessions have welcomed large numbers of adults keen to improve their tennis skills, including ‘rusty rackets’ returning to tennis after time out, and individuals aspiring to match play.

He has encouraged team players with fun, energetic doubles coaching sessions; his skills and professionalism have certainly benefitted the Ladies B team as it is currently 36 points ahead of the nearest rival in its first season in the Winter League! Derek also fosters tennis social gatherings, organising club tournaments, tennis weekends and holidays overseas.

He has, in addition, over many years, supported and encouraged many young coaches beginning their tennis careers.

Seaton Tennis Club chairman Andy Butcher praised both Derek and Emma’s outstanding success and contributions to the development of the club saying: “The profile of Seaton Tennis Club has been raised in Devon as the result of these awards which are thoroughly deserved and I would like to thank them both for their significant contributions over the years.”

Seaton Tennis Club’s Open Day will be held on Saturday, April 5. For more news on all things Seaton tennis Club visit www.seatontennis.net or contact Jeremy Warner the club membership secretary by email at seatontennis@gmail.com or by phone on 07973506312.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Fri, 18:57
Scott Acheson, Jenny Edrwads, Louis Siveyer abnd William James in mid-race action

Exe Sailing Club hosted the final leg of the Two Rivers Junior Series, writes Bel Bailey.

Read more
Fri, 18:06
Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club. Ref exsp 4491-23-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Nineteen-year old croquet star Harry Dodge will appear in an international Golf Croquet exhibition match at Budleigh Croquet Club on Monday afternoon (July 6), writes Elaine Marsh.

Read more
Thu, 11:34
Hands holding rugby ball

Exeter Chiefs Academy back rower Connor O’Shaughnessy has becomes the latest addition to Exmouth’s squad ahead of the coming season.

Read more
Thu, 11:34
The swimmers who took part in the Exe to Exe race

The final weekend of June saw Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society stage the second Exe to Exe Swim, writes Ian Lang.

Read more
Thu, 11:34
Players taking part in the Sidmouth June CA Tournament this week. Ref shsp 8946-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Croquet Club held its annual One Ball tournament last weekend, writes David Butler.

Read more
Thu, 11:33

The Seaton bowlers’ week began with an away game at Tiverton West End, writes Maria Johnson.

Read more
Thu, 11:32
Bassetts Farms rounders team

Bassetts Farm Primary School rounders team continued their summer of success when they travelled to Plymouth for the Devon Summer Schools Finals.

Read more
Thu, 11:31

Honiton Running Club members took part in the Over the Hill and Farway 10k organised by Farway Primary School, writes Judy Davey.

Read more
Thu, 11:28
Budleigh's Charles Morris prepares to bowl at the Maer against on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Rerf exsp 5441-26-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Former Budleigh Salterton and Devon paceman Charlie Morris has reached a landmark in First Class cricket by taking his 100th wicket, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder