Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman category at last weekend’s annual Basingstoke Sports Awards.
After another successful year in 2016 Hignett was recognised along with other young sportsmen for his successes and contribution to sport in the area. He is the 16U Nike Junior National Doubles Champion and was a singles quarter-finalist in the Bournemouth British Tour. He represented Hampshire and IOW playing for U18 and the men’s teams and the County Cup. He won the Hampshire Championships singles cup and is ranked No. 1 in Hampshire for 16U and 18U. Hignett trains at Totally Tennis and also plays for Overton Tennis Club, winning every singles match in the regional tennis league.
Totally Tennis was also up for Club of the Year award which was won by Chineham Park Running Club and Head Coach James McIntosh was nominated in the professional Coach of the Year category.
The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by sports council chairman Kevin Laing. The awards, which have been going for over twenty-five years celebrate the achievements of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding via the Sports Grant Aid scheme, which is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The funds can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements.