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Tennis: Penzance's Joyce Taylor scoops top national volunteer award

By Nath_Richards  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

Joyce Taylor (left) receives her LTA National Volunteering Award from Jenny Box of the LTA National Tennis Centre.

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One of Penzance Tennis Club’s long-standing members, Joyce Taylor, received a top national volunteering award at the Tennis Cornwall County AGM in Newquay.

Joyce, who has been helping to run the successful club in Penlee Park for well over 20 years received her award from Jenny Box, volunteer coordinator of the Lawn Tennis Association, London.

The club nominated Joyce for this prestigious national award because of the many hours of hard work she has put in to make Penzance Tennis Club the enviable facility it now is.

A former club chair and currently acting vice chair, Joyce has been and remains involved in all aspects of club life. For many years she looked after the bar stock and accounts, maintained the books and managed the finances of the club. In addition she has also organised the Penzance Open, one of the biggest events in the Cornish tennis calendar for several years, a task she only recently handed over to other club members.

Penzance Tennis Club is proud to have such dedicated volunteers and Joyce's LTA National Award is well deserved.

At the same meeting there was further good news for the Penzance club when another younger member, Hamish Jeffrey, picked up the County Award for Most Improved Player.

Nominated by his coach, Hamish, 18, has made huge strides in the last year. He has been an active member of the Men's first team and also played National Club League matches for his club.

On Wednesdays Hamish trains with the Academy squad for players attending Truro and Penwith College. Through increased training, more hours on court and taking part in tournaments across the county, he has improved his rating.

Further awards received by Penzance Tennis Club on the night were the 2013 Summer League County 1 winner’s certificate for the Ladies' A team and the runner-up certificate for the Ladies' B team in Division 1 West.

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