Two Oxfordshire tennis players have been selected as regional award winners in the British Tennis Awards for 2018.
Both now go forward to the LTA national finals.
Callum West, aged 15, was voted young volunteer of the year for the LTA East region and Jon Maskens, a tennis coach at Nuffield Health & Rackets, Oxford, is regional coach of the year.
Callum has been a volunteer at Bicester Tennis Club for three years and in the words of his coach, Bianca Pallett, sees volunteering as a huge opportunity.
“He has assisted at every open day, summer camp and even completed leadership courses to enable him to do more,” says Bianca. “Callum is dedicated to helping others enjoy the game as such as he does. For the past year, he has given up every Monday, Wednesday, Friday evening and Saturday to assist with junior coaching sessions at Bicester.
“Whatever the weather, Callum is sure to be on court. Whether a knock-up with a club member, offering coaching tips to new starters, assisting with coaching sessions or simply being a welcoming face, Callum’s voluntary work has helped countless players to participate in tennis. He is a team player and true role model.”
Over the past few months, Callum has received a number of awards for his volunteering activities. Alongside taking home Club Coach’s Player of the Year at the Tennis Oxfordshire Junior Awards, he was named Young Volunteer at the Cherwell Community Awards. A pupil at Bicester School, Callum was voted sports personality of the year for year 10 because of his tennis success.
Jon Maskens, the LTA’s East region coach of the year, is one of Oxfordshire’s leading tennis players and a former top 40 ranked GB player.
He has been Oxfordshire men’s county captain for over ten years and has represented Oxfordshire from the age of 8 all the way through to the men’s team. He has been coaching full time for the last 14 years.
“I enjoy working with all abilities and ages from beginners through to internationals, 3 – 85 years old,” he says. “As a tennis coach I am fortunate to do a job I love everyday as it’s my hobby and passion.”
Jon also coaches a couple of individual juniors who are in the top 200 nationally. Since his arrival at Nuffield, the club has thrived with over 35 players competing at national level.