In October 2015, OPTC was named the Most Outstanding Club at the 2014/15 Tennis West Industry Awards. The club was recognised for its strong community, wide range of tennis and social activities, and facility improvements, which resulted in an increase of membership from around 100 to almost 250 over 8 years. Over the same period, the club reintroduced pennants and appointed Tennis Factory who developed a busy coaching program, contributing to a thriving, energetic club.
OPTC's President, James Edwards, and Vice Captain, Ian Singleton, along with Matt Bull and Debbie Singleton from Tennis Factory, attended Tennis West's Night of Nights and collected the award on behalf of the club.
In October 2017, we were very proud that our hard-working President, James Edwards, was announced as the winner of the WA Tennis Industry Awards Volunteer Achievement Award 2017.
James was subsequently shortlisted by the national governing body for tennis for the Tennis Australia Volunteer Achievement Award. On 27 November 2017 he received the ultimate accolade of winning and being presented with his trophy by Evonne Goolagong and Ash Barty!
James was nominated after an outstanding 13 years of contribution to OPTC as club president. The award noted his tireless work for OPTC, with no task too large or too small for him, despite his busy professional life. His vision saw OPTC transformed from a struggling grass court club with falling membership and no winter/night time play to a thriving club enjoying four new hard courts, an award-winning coaching program and busy social and pennants programs year round.