Special tennis award presented

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The Southland Junior tennis team celebrates its success with coaches Danny Baleson and Peter White after winning four of the five cups at the Southern Junior Tennis Teams' Event at Dunedin in February. Photo: Supplied

TENNIS coach and mentor Peter White, who died last month, is to be honoured with a lifetime award, which will be presented to his family, at the Southland Tennis Awards 2020, on Sunday.

Tennis Southland operations manager Jo Grimwood said the Tennis Southland Lifetime Membership Award recognised White’s longstanding efforts and contributions to Southland tennis.

“While, sadly, Peter is no longer with us, the accolade will give the tennis fraternity an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the lasting connections and influence that he had on this great sport that we all love,” Grimwood said.

A new award donated by White’s family to honour his legacy would also be presented on the day.

The Peter White Up and Coming Junior Player of the Year Award would be presented to the top emerging junior female or male player in either the Southland under-10 or under-12 age group.

White was passionate about coaching and developing our junior players, Grimwood said.

“He had unrelenting focus on the beginners up and comers because he believed if you nurtured our young players then Southland tennis would maintain its base strength throughout the age groups and follow up into open grade level.”

New Zealand Davis Cup captain Alistair Hunt would be the guest speaker at the awards, to be held at Invercargill’s Ascot Park Hotel at 4pm on Sunday.

All past and present players were welcome to attend the awards.

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