Newcombe Medal Award Winner

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The Newcombe Medal is a national award presented yearly at the Tennis Australia awards night.

There are a range of different categories recognising the contribution that individuals have made nationally to the sport of tennis.

After being nominated for the award and being a finalist on 5 seperate occasions, Helen was recognised for her outstanding tennis coaching and award-winning community spirit in 2017.

Coaching Excellence – Club

This award recognises coaches who work within their local communities. The coach provides quality coaching programs, is actively involved in growing the game and provides competition opportunities for players to progress their game.

Award Winning Tennis Coaching


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.

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