Tennis coach misses out on prestigious award

Colin Hanbidge.
Colin Hanbidge.

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Campbeltown Tennis Club coach Colin Hanbidge just missed out on landing one of the most coveted prizes in Scottish tennis.

Colin, a professionally qualified tennis coach and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed referee, was one of two people in the running to be named Official of the Year at the Tennis Scotland Awards 2021.

Speaking to the Courier this week, following the online announcement of the results last Friday, Colin congratulated the winner, Olwyn Roy, with whom he often officiates at competitions and has played mixed doubles with in the past, adding: ‘You cannot win them all! Olwyn is a referee, line judge and an umpire so has a wide range of officiating duties – I like to spend my time between officiating and teaching and club development.’

Colin has been busy at Campbeltown Tennis Club, leading a coaching session for adult members last Thursday, and has planned an LTA tennis leaders’ course for the end of May – anyone interested in taking part is invited to visit the club’s Facebook page for more information.

In July, Colin will be officiating at Oban’s West Highland Tennis Tournament which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.