Sports honours for north-east tennis aces

Hamish McBain received an award for his life-time work in tennis in Moray.
Hamish McBain received an award for his life-time work in tennis in Moray.

Two Moray locals scooped national accolades at the Tennis Scotland Awards 2018.

Hamish McBain, of Rothes Tennis Club was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of over half a century of service to the sport while Teresa Tait won the Official of the Year title for her work with Elgin Tennis Club.

Aberdeenshire’s Aboyne Tennis Club received the prestigious Club of the Year gong at the ceremony held at Gleneagles yesterday.

Mr McBain is a former process operator at a distillery and first started playing tennis in 1966 while he still volunteers at Rothes Tennis Club today.

The 64-year-old is also a secretary and treasurer at Rothes and Highlands Tennis and is on the committee at Moray Tennis Forum.

He said: “It’s an honour to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Tennis Scotland. My love for the sport started over 50 years ago and has never wavered. It’s a fantastic hobby and one that has opened so many doors for me – I’d encourage everyone to give it a go.”

Ms Tait is a rural surveyor and currently plays for the Elgin Ladies B team while also being responsible for running a number of junior events at her local club and across the Highlands.

She was thrilled to win the award and commented: “The best advice I could give to anyone thinking about playing tennis is to have fun.

“It’s such a satisfying sport to play and the best thing about it for me is meeting lots of great, like-minded people that share your passion.”

The Tennis Scotland Awards 2018 recognised the achievements, work and dedication of individuals, clubs, teams, tournaments and programmes throughout the country during the course of last year.