Marjorie Nicholson

DSA Award Winner (2023)

Originally from England, Marjorie began her love of tennis playing there as a junior and even competed in Junior Wimbledon. Moving to Canada and the Windsor area in her 20’s, she was instrumental in developing the junior and adult programs. She was very active as a coach in the late 70’s and promoting tennis and was always encouraging the kids to play tournaments and leagues by driving them to tournaments, booking hotels for the club junior players and running clinics. Before there was an indoor club in Windsor, she would run introductory clinics for adults at gyms in Essex and Windsor.

In 1978 she also started branching out to involve local club players in Michigan tournaments and was instrumental in developing the Windsor Michigan Junior League and the Michigan A & B League. She also started the Junior International Tournament so junior players could be scouted by US colleges and Universities.

Marjorie was also the club manager at the Windsor Indoor Tennis Club as well as the Parkside Tennis club and became a board member of the Windsor Tennis Club and served as President for a number of years. Around 1988 Marjorie was involved in wheelchair tennis, working with the OTA to start the Windsor Wheelchair Classic which is still running to this day. During this time she took on a more regional role and served as OTA West Regional Chair for many years. Even now she still sets up the senior league at the Parkside Tennis Club. A truly exceptional contribution to tennis and well deserving of this award.

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