Each year, award nominations are solicited for various categories (see below). Please nominate those you see in our tennis community who exemplify the qualities necessary for these categories. Nominations are received and reviewed by the Awards committee. Once awardees are selected, they are notified and expected to attend the Annual Meeting and Awards ceremony, generally held the first weekend in December. If you have any questions about the award process, please contact the CATA office at 512-443-1342.
Nominations for 2018 are now closed. Nominations for 2019 will open October 1st.
2018 Award Winners
|Male Sportsmanship Award||Tony Kayser||Randall Pugh|
|Female Sportsmanship Award||Donna Duffy||Teammates Sandy Arico, Jan Pierpoint & Janie Honeycutt|
|Male Pro of the Year||Dave Tibbetts||Brian Lusson|
|Female Pro of the Year||Kendall Brooks||Jack Newman|
|Male Open Player of the Year||Colin Cohen||Luis Fernandez|
|Male Senior Player of the Year||Paul Smith||Fernando Velasco|
|Female Open Player of the Year||Stacy Marks||Amy McCampbell|
|Female Senior Player of the Year||Janet Rice||Ashli Wernli|
|Partner of the Year||Westlake High School||Michael MacVay|
|Volunteer of the Year||Kynna Sullivan||Elizabeth Hanson Smith|
|Female Facility Employee of the Year||Rosemary Kinman||Dennis McWilliams|
|Male Facility Employee of the Year||Samuel Vasquez||Anders Ericksson|
|Female Captain of the Year||Suzy Stege||Alecia Ragan|
|Male Captain of the Year||Leon Kincy||Juan DeKruyff|
|Family of the Year||The Cockrell Family||Doug Davis|
|CATA’s 2018 Inspirational Award||Dr. Jack Jacobson||Gene Waters|
|Carol Welder Contribution to Tennis Award||Susan Cippele||Carol Welder|
A list and description of the Annual Awards are as follows:
The Sportsmanship Award
This award honors a person who exemplifies good sportsmanship, a competitive spirit and fair play on and off the court.
Pro of the Year
These awards are given to a male and female USPTA/PTR tennis professional for outstanding teaching abilities at a professional level in building stronger tennis players at all levels of skill. To qualify, an individual must be a resident of the Capital area. He/she may be a teacher on the staff of an educational institution, a staff member of a city recreation department, a teaching pro or in some comparable employment. He/she should work cooperatively with CATA to promote, grow and develop tennis in the Capital Area.
Player of the Year (Male and Female Open, Senior, and Rising Star)
These awards are given to a male and female tennis player at the OPEN, SENIOR, and RISING STAR levels, for outstanding play.
OPEN: Recipients aged 19-54 who are highly ranked, statewide or nationally, in their skill or age division.
SENIOR: Recipients aged 55+ who are actively engaged in USTA leagues and/or tournaments.
RISING STAR: Recipients excel in league and/or tournament play and have demonstrated a quick improvement in skill level.
All recipients, in all categories, must also exemplify good sportsmanship.
Partner/Sponsor of the Year
This award is selected by the CATA Awards Committee and given to a business or organization which has partnered with CATA by sponsoring or conducting events and/or programs that contribute to the growth and development of tennis in the Capital Area.
Captain of the Year
This award is given to captains who exemplify outstanding leadership through their contributions as the captain of a league team. These individuals are responsible, respectful of others, knowledgeable about and followers of league rules, good communicators with their team and with CATA, and promoters of fair play for the betterment and furtherance of an enjoyable league play experience.
Family of the Year
This award is given to a family who resides in the Capital Area and whose members have made valuable contributions to the growth and development of tennis. The family represents the development and promotion of tennis on and off the court on a local, state or national level. The recipient of this award is then nominated for the USTA Texas Section Family of the Year Award.
Volunteer of the Year
This award is selected by the CATA Awards Committee and is given to an individual or individuals who have made valuable contributions to CATA through volunteer work during the year in which the award is given.
CATA Inspirational Award
This award is given to an individual or individuals who inspires the desire of tennis in others.
CATA Dedication to Tennis Award
This award is given to an individual or individuals who contribute to the success of tennis through promotion of tournaments, league play, or events that encourage tennis in the CATA footprint.
Carol Welder Contribution to Tennis Award
This award is selected by the CATA Awards Committee and given to the outstanding individual who is widely known to devote numerous voluntary hours, time and energy to the growth of tennis at all levels and is recognized by their tennis community for their exceptional and selfless dedication and devotion to tennis.
Past Award Winners: