Benalla Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club president Peter Jewell was recognised for his work in the game with a Tennis Victoria Service Award recently.
Jewell this week was awarded a service medal award from Tennis Victoria for his service to tennis and the Benalla Lawn Tennis and Croquet club over many years.
Jewell first joined the club’s committee in the 1979-80 season, with a passion for the sport and the club.
He has been a keen player participating in tournaments, country week, regionals and still represents the club in the Benalla District Tennis Association competition as well as playing in the Wednesday evening mixed social competition.
Former club president Wendy Maxwell said Jewell had been a ‘‘driving force’’ in the club for many years, ensuring that jobs that needed to be done got done.
‘‘He is currently the driving force behind our pennant teams, ensuring we have players and all teams get on the paddock each week,’’ she said.
During the years Jewell has held numerous positions at the club.
From secretary, vice-president, greens director, tournament secretary and a member of the committee since 1979.
Earlier this year Jewell took on the only role in the club he had not to date, the president.
In 2004 Jewell took on the task of compiling the club’s history to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
The history has been documented in a book From a Paddock at the Friendlies, and is testament to Jewell’s diligence, and a legacy for the club.
Both Jewell (1998) and his wife Maureen (2014) have been awarded life memberships at the club.
Tennis Victoria’s participation leader for country north east Sam Condon, travelled to Benalla last Wednesday to make the presentation to Jewell.
‘‘Tennis Victoria is pleased to be able to acknowledge the outstanding work of our members and as a local Wodonga boy I am particularly pleased to be able to present this award to Peter Jewell tonight,’’ Condon said.
‘‘With over 260000 Tennis Victoria members and approximately only 10 to 15 awards being presented each year, it is an award that does recognise outstanding service.’’