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

Yesterday, 15:42

In the April stableford at Lyme GC, the relatively benign conditions were not reflected in the results, where only two players bettered par.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:35
golf generic picture

Honiton were pitched against a team from East Devon GC, for a mixed competition, writes John Pawley.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:48
Cricket - generic picture

Devon youth cricket officials have been given some help by one of their old boys, tracking down former players for a unique reunion.

Read more
Wed, 09:40
Football on pitch

Millwey Rise had an emphatic midweek success when they crushed Ilminster 10-0 in a Fresha League encounter.

Read more
Wed, 09:36
Football generic picture

Honiton Town thirds were 3-2 winners when they hosted Witheridge in a Fresha League Division Nine game.

Read more
Wed, 09:36
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Honiton Town Reserves were thumped 7-0 by an Axminster Town Reserves side that were crowned divisional winners at full-time.

Read more
Wed, 09:36

Feniton had mixed fortunes in their continued pursuit of the Fresha League Premier Division title, losing a midweek match to Topsham 2-1 before bouncing back to thrash Elmore 8-1.

Read more
Mon, 20:42
Sam Matson et Robin Elsey, a bord du Figaro Artemis, 6eme de la Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE 2016 - Saint Barthelemy le 25/04/2016

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson and Truro sailor Robin Elsey docked on the tiny Caribbean island of St Barts, completing their first transatlantic race, finishing sixth in a fleet of 15 in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale.

Read more
Mon, 20:41
Feniton bowlers at the start of a new season

Feniton Bowling Club launched a new season on Sunday.

Read more
Mon, 20:40
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Just days after a disappointing midweek 2-0 defeat at Heavitree United, Honiton Town roared back tom winning ways with a thumping 8-0 success at home to Hatherleigh.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

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

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications