January 11, 2008
tennis player wins tournament in memory of Nathan
Burnham-On-Sea tennis player has won a special competition held
in honour of his close friend, Nathan Edwards, who died last year.
under-18s boys competition was held at the David Lloyd tennis
centre in Long Ashton over the Christmas break and Nathan's former
doubles partner and close friend, Dan Sidaway, fittingly won.
comes after Nathan, 17, a talented member of Burnham's Avenue
Tennis Club and a former King Alfred School pupil, was tragically
killed in a road
accident in November.
in December how a new tennis academy has been been launched in
Nathan's honour to help create tennis stars of the future.
David Lloyd tennis centre has also named an indoor tennis hall
in Nathan's memory, in addition to unveiling plaques at the site
bearing his name (below).
wanted to win so much. We sat on the side of the court and he
kept looking to me. I gave him Nathan's lucky shirt to wear and
afterwards said he could keep it," said Sally. "The
quality of tennis was so high."
and Nathan knew each other over the last couple of years in passing
but this summer Dam asked Nathan to be his doubles partner. They
not only found they had a great rapport on court but rapidly became
close friends. Dan stayed with us for a night during the Burnham
Juniors competition and their friendship was clear."
won the Bath festival of tennis U18 doubles, and also won Burnham
and the quarter finals in Torquay against finalists. After the
accident Dan sent me lots of texts which were very touching and
compassionate - they showed a lot of depth for a young man, so
to win that trophy meant so much to him and me."
would be so pleased he won it. It was a perfect outcome. On the
way home that night Dan texted me to say it was his best tennis
and he had done it for his best friend Nathan, and he would never
photos were taken at the Christmas competition and show (top)
Nathan's mother, Sally, presenting Dan with The Nathan Edwards