Dan takes the plaudits at club awards night
Consistent youngster gets male player of the year trophy
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.”