Junior Male Athlete of the Year

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Collaroy Tennis Club was once more very well represented at the 2023 Tennis NSW Awards night held at the Renaissance, Lidcombe on Thursday 19th October. The Awards were hosted by Grand Slam champion and broadcaster Todd Woodbridge. There were 23 awards honoring excellence and achievements over many aspects of Tennis including performance, coaching, officiating and volunteering to name a few.

A clear demonstration of the success of our Club in attracting and developing quality players was evident with Pavle Marinkov taking out the award for the Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Pavle has had a stellar year and he’s had one of the biggest jumps in the ITF (world) ranking for juniors. He was No. 952 a year ago and he is currently No. 39, is also now the 2nd highest-ranked Australian boy singles player. Some of the highlights over the last 12 months include winning the Australian 18/U Championships, J200 NSW Junior International and advancing to the third rounds of the 2023 Australian Open Boys Championships and the US Open. He also qualified and played in the first round of the Wimbledon Juniors.

Pavle Marinkov
Junior Male Athlete of the Year – Pavle Marinkov

The Marinkov family, who were in attendance at the Awards, were understandably very excited and proud to see Pavle win this prestigious award. The first of many I am sure.

Our coaching partner Evolve Tennis Academy was a finalist in the Coaching Excellence – Club award (being the winner of this category in 2022). It was a fantastic achievement for them (Ryan Maloney and Scott Fletcher were in attendance) and Evolve were recognised for their significant achievements over the year including the range of programs offered (for young and old), their partnership with local schools, inclusion programs and their dedication to provide pathway programs in tennis to ensure improvement and opportunities to develop are available for everyone.

Evolve has also contributed a great deal to Pavle’s tennis development as he was coached by Scott and Ryan, since he started playing tennis at the age of 5 years old. Recently, Matt Barton (Evolve’s High Performance coach) has been training with Pavle.

Tennis legends – John Alexander, Rachel McQuillan, Mark Edmonson and David Hall were interviewed by Todd during the evening and provided great insight into the transformation and development in the game since their playing days. The night was a fantastic celebration of tennis in NSW at all levels and from all regions – from the Metropolitan clubs to the Country with awards received by Parkes (Most Outstanding Club or Venue – Country) and Byron Bay Shire Council (Supporting Tennis Government award).

A big thanks to Wil Jauco (our Club Captain) for his many hours of work in preparing the nomination presentations for our Club in advance of the awards ceremony.

A night (and a year) for CTC to be very proud once more. Let’s keep up the good work and having fun with our tennis!

By Damian Gorman

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