Costello a shot for tennis volunteer gong
LONG-serving Warwick Tennis Association official Nathan Costello is a finalist for the Tennis Queensland Geoffrey E.Griffith Volunteer of the Year award, which will be announced tomorrow night.
Costello was first elected to the committee in 2002 and was vice-president for eight years before taking on the top role at the end of 2010.
He was president for three years and is now treasurer.
Costello first played in Warwick as a junior in 1989 and was playing senior fixtures at the age of 16.
He was president when three floods covered the Warwick tennis courts and the largest of the three, in January 2011, flooded 30cm deep into the clubhouse.
"I was just starting out as president but the help from other volunteers and committee members and Tennis Queensland was beneficial in ensuring the club was operational again as early as possible," Costello said.
He is a qualified court supervisor and travels to Toowoomba to supervise the Toowoomba Gold Cup and other tournaments.
Costello was manager for the South Region Medibank Junior Development Series team in the state finals in Rockhampton in October.
Association president Bianca Retallick said Costello put a lot of time and hard work into tennis.
"He deserves to be rewarded for his volunteer work," she said.
"The things that stand out are his love for the game and willingness to do what he can for the club.
"Since I became president, Nathan has been a fantastic supporter to me, he knows everyone and how it runs."
Twelve awards will be presented on the night including player of the year, club of the year and the excellence in officiating award.
Sam Stosur, who played in Warwick tournaments as a junior and is a past US Open champion, is a nominee for player of the year.
The Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International is a finalist for tournament of the year.
Finalists for volunteer of the year award for 2014 are Costello, Jeff Scott, Kate Casswell and Mike Evans.