Honours Citation for Tennis – James Kelly

James joined the 1st Boys’ Tennis team in January 2015 and since then has become an integral member of the side. During his time at Kingswood he has also represented the Albany District side at number 1 on a regular basis across the various age groups.

James does not accept doing the bare minimum but sets himself specific, attainable and relevant goals that he actively works towards achieving in conjunction with his coach, Mr Loock. James is technically very sound and has an ability to inspire those around him with an enormous amount of belief and desire. His successes have inspired and motivated those around him to go above and beyond the tennis program at Kingwood College but also onto Provincial tournaments.

James has on numerous occasions participated in the Brian Bands Series, Eastern Province PE Mini and Cradock Mini tournaments in order to get ranking points for South African Tennis. On two occasions he was won the Brian Bands Series 1 Men’s Singles U19 age group along with numerous top 10 finishes. This commitment and desire resulted in an invite to the Eastern Province Top 10 Selection tournament which was held recently in Port Elizabeth. James finished 2nd in this tournament and was selected to attend the South African Schools Tournament to be held in April next year.  Selection into the Eastern Province U19A Team – is a just reward for someone who has invested an enormous amount of time into constantly developing himself as a Tennis player and athlete. These successes have not gone unnoticed but have gained the attention of tennis scouts in America who are on the lookout for tennis talent that can be developed and nurtured in the American University tennis arena.

James has also been a great ambassador for the school when playing in tournaments around the country. His sportsmanship is and has always been impeccable on and off the court too. His  training ethic is outstanding and his passion for the school is exemplary.  It is with a great sense of pride that we award Honours for Tennis to a very worth recipient. Well done James!