By Oliver Lees
A Macedon Ranges volunteer has been recognised for his ace service to tennis and his community.
Tennis tragic and Macedon Ranges Tennis Association (MRTA) president Philip Bush was awarded the Highly Commended Service Award in early April by Tennis Victoria.
The awards were designed within Tennis Victoria’s Recognition Program, as a way of symbolising gratitude toward the organisation’s many volunteers.
Bush has worn a number of hats over the years, working as the Thursday night competition co-ordinator and president of the South Gisborne Tennis Club (SGTC), as well as serving on the Saturday open match and permit committee.
Bush said being so passionate about the sport meant that his commitments have never felt like work.
“I am extremely proud to receive this award and feel very humbled… it was completely unexpected as recognition and awards is not my motivation for contributing as a volunteer,” he said.
“I love tennis and I enjoy contributing to my local club and take great satisfaction in being part of the growth of the local competitions co-ordinated by the MRTA.”
“I have also taken great satisfaction in being part of the growth of the MRTA Night Competition, hearing stories of the competition enabling players to return to tennis after many years away from the game and also providing the opportunity for family groups to play together in the same team.”
Bush was instrumental in making sure SGTC was considered for ongoing improvement work to its facilities.
In a written statement, Tennis Victoria said Bush’s encouraging attitude at all levels have “contributed greatly to the growth of tennis in the area”.
“People like Philip Bush are integral in a place like the Macedon Ranges that’s made up of small regional towns to create connected and thriving communities through their local sporting organisations.”