Tennis fan Derek up for the coach of year award

PUBLISHED: 13:34 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:49 01 May 2015

Derek Blackmore has been nominated for an award his coaching work. Ref exe 3258-15-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Derek Blackmore has been nominated for an award his coaching work. Ref exe 3258-15-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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An Exmouth tennis coach has been nominated for an award which recognises his contribution to sport in the town.

Derek Blackmore has been a tennis coach for around 40 years and has spent the last six years coaching at the Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre.

Now he has been nominated for coach of the year in the annual Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards.

Derek, who coaches the adult and junior performance teams at the centre, said: “It is a great honour to be nominated for this award, but it’s all due to the great team of coaches and players that I work with at Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre.”

Derek was chosen from more than 130 nominees from 32 different sports, celebrating sporting achievements and contributions.

A spokesman for Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre said: “We were so thrilled when Derek won Devon tennis coach of the year this year, so to be nominated for coach of the year for all sports is an accolade that reflects his dedication and passion for tennis.”

Finalists of their categories will be presented with their prizes by swimmer Mark Foster during a ceremony at Sandy Park.

On the night, there will be an additional award for outstanding contribution to sport in Devon.

Matt Evans, chief executive of event organiser Active Devon, said: “There is a lot of excellent work going on out there on the pitches, tracks, school grounds and community halls around Devon.

“We want to thank everyone who nominated someone special in their sport and say keep up the good work.”

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