Helen Rice, head coach of the Helen Rice Tennis School, took home the Coaching Excellence Club award at Monday night’s Newcombe Medal held at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
Having been a finalist five times, Rice was thrilled to bring home the award.
“It just feels unbelievable, I’ve been a finalist five times now and this the first win, so it’s just pretty amazing!”
“It does mean a lot, because I’ve been passionate about it and I’ve put in a lot of hard yards, but I’ve done that because I’ve enjoyed it,” added Rice.
Tennis SA CEO, Steven Baldas, congratulated Rice on the announcement.
“Helen is a very well-respected coach in South Australia and this award is a testament to Helen’s commitment, passion and enthusiasm for the sport.
“We are incredibly proud of Helen and congratulate her on this wonderful achievement,” said Baldas.