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Volunteer aces national award

Hobart Out Tennis life member Brendon Oliver Ewen claimed the 2023 Tennis Australia Volunteer Achievement Award for his trailblazing efforts in growing the inclusivity and representation of the LGBTQIA+ community in the sport.

Mr Oliver-Ewen said Hobart Out Tennis was the first LGBTQIA+ sporting club in Tasmania.

“I’m one of so many people who have made this happen,” he said.

“I could easily name 30 people who have contributed to the club we’ve formed and this is absolutely for all of them, not just for me.

“Every single person in Hobart Out Tennis recognises that it’s an opportunity for them to be accepted and so they all volunteer their time, passion, courage and authenticity to make the club happen.”

Tennis Tasmania general manager Darren Sturgess said this was Tasmania’s first Tennis Australia award in 12 years.

“We are incredibly proud of Brendon’s achievement, which recognises his consistent service and commitment to the sport of tennis in Tasmania,” he said.

“His efforts in fostering a harmonious bond between diversity, pride and the LGBTQIA+ community within tennis and broader sporting organisations has rightfully garnered widespread recognition.

“Many people, including Brendon, have found a sporting home in the welcoming Hobart tennis community.”

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