Rhona ‘Volunteer of the Year’

during day three of the Davis Cup match between Great Britain and Belgium at the Braehead Arena on April 8, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.
during day three of the Davis Cup match between Great Britain and Belgium at the Braehead Arena on April 8, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

MONTROSE Lawn Tennis Club secretary Rhona Alston’s ‘can do’ approach to projects has seen a transformation at the club with funds being raised for resurfacing of the courts, membership drives, development of new facilities and new schools links to the club via ‘Festivals of Fun’.

Her enthusiasm and efforts have now been recognised by the Lawn Tennis Association, which has made her Tennis Scotland Volunteer of the Year.

Rhona first became involved in tennis as a mum to three girls, when she noticed the courts were locked for most of the time.

Around half a dozen years later, under her influence, Montrose LTC now boasts a completely unlocked and welcome environment with a thriving coaching programme led by club coach Graeme Walker and more than 300 members.

Rhona was thrilled to receive the recognition.

She said: “With so many people doing so much for the sport around the country, it is quite humbling to receive this recognition to be honest.

“I’ve always believed though that if you develop a ‘can do’ approach to challenges then things will happen and it’s fantastic to see the club so active now.

“Although I have received the award, it really is a team effort at the club and everyone has played a part in its success.”

The club is also very active in competitive tennis, and has men’s and ladies’ teams in various leagues.