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Hinckley Tennis Club member John McGowan a nominee at December's BBC Sports Personality awards

Posted: Wed, 05 Jan 2022 16:25

Hinckley Tennis Club member John McGowan a nominee at December's BBC Sports Personality awards

The Unsung Hero award is given to a person who has made a substantive yet unrecognised contribution to sport and sportspeople are nominated by the public. John was one of the 14 Unsung Hero finalists who appeared via Zoom on the night.

John set-up a disability and access branch of the tennis club which has now been running for 11 years. He has no family ties to the club, and has been key to fundraising, including £42k for floodlights.

As chair since 2011 and a member for many years prior to that, John has been fundamental to the sustained growth of the disability sessions especially, which now cater for 31 people a week, his inclusive approach to the club has allowed many people to see tennis as something that is for them.

A huge congratulations on your nomination John, you are an inspiration!

Watch John's finalist video by clicking on the link below.

(Source: BBC Sport)

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