Dan takes the plau­dits at club awards night

Con­sis­tent young­ster gets male player of the year tro­phy

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Andy Scholfield tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DAN Buck­eldee was a dou­ble win­ner at Ger­rards Cross Lawn Ten­nis Club’s 12th Academy Awards, held last week.

He was voted male player of the year af­ter play­ing con­sis­tently well in all tour­na­ments dur­ing 2014, and was also a win­ner with team of the year, the U14 boys county cham­pi­ons side, which also in­cluded El­liot Hobbs, Ge­orge Em­mins, James Eykyn and Sam Grafham.

Laura Wil­son, of Dr Chal­lon­ers High School, was the fe­male player of the year af­ter com­pet­ing in no fewer than 123 matches dur­ing 2014, and also landed a dou­ble with most im­proved at­ti­tude.

It was a busy year too for Aneka Pa­tel (Malt­mans Green), who com­peted in 177 matches, and Seb Mel­lows (Ger­rards Cross C of E School), who took part in 212, win­ning them most com­mit­ted per­form­ers awards.

Best in­ten­sity in train­ing awards went to Will Evans and Manasi Ku­mar (un­der 12s) and Carys

Young­sters ay Ger­rards Cross Lawn Ten­nis Club re­ceive a coach­ing ses­sion Evans and El­liot Hobbs (over 12s), while most com­mit­ted nonacademy mem­ber is Ethan Pow­ell.

In minis ten­nis, the green group saw most im­proved awards for Bjorn Tewes and Ja­cob Mel­lows, most com­mit­ted ones for Do­minic Hob­son and Jonty Hughes-Penny, and best ef­fort ones for Hugh­esPenny and Poppy Hinds.

In the or­ange group, Zac Or­rEwing and Ella Carby were most com­mit­ted, with Rob­bie Spit­tal and Ashni Sangha most im­proved, and Eli­jah Orr-Ewing and Aneka Pa­tel putting in the best ef­fort.

In the red group, Alex Thomas and He­lena Ully­att car­ried off the most com­mit­ted awards, while Josh Sangha and Anoushka Pa­tel took home the most im­proved one. Dex­ter Dal­ston and Emma Ser­vaes landed the best ef­fort award.

In ad­di­tion, James Alex Onn, 18, of John Ham­p­den School, is the new ju­nior am­bas­sador and a fine role model for the club, hav­ing trained there for more than nine years. He has as­sisted with the coach­ing pro­gramme for four years and has pro­gressed so well that he now even leads the coach­ing with some mini ten­nis squads.

A club spokesman said: “Our academy and mini ten­nis per­for­mance squads of­fer a great op­por­tu­nity for play­ers to progress to a higher level, but they must have the de­sire to seize the op­por­tu­nity to play as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

“It was not co­in­ci­dence that the main awards went to play­ers who com­pete and train the most.”


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