Mark Armstrong

DSA Award Winner (2019)

Mark is a well-known and highly regarded member of the tennis community in Ottawa. His contributions are significant and diverse, and he has been giving back to the tennis community for more than 50 years. Tennis participation began in High School when he became a member of the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club and played through his school and university years. This is where he started giving back to the community when he joined the Junior Tennis Committee and began to organize tournaments and events. This continued while he was at the University of Toronto where he organized the college intramural tournament.

He moved to Ottawa in 1969 and joined the Rideau Tennis Club where he is now approaching his 50th anniversary as a member. Mark’s contributions to the club were commemorated by a special recognition award given to him in 2012. Mark continues to contribute to the tennis community as a player, volunteer and official. He is the go-to person for local tournaments and can often be seen in the chair umpiring the finals at the City Championships and other high-profile events.

In 2018, Mark became a member of the NCTA’s Junior Development Committee which organizes fund-raising events and managers a fund of money that is targeted to support top juniors in the City. A truly exceptional contribution and well deserving of the OTA’s Distinguished Service Award.

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