Wagga’s “Mr Tennis” Jim Elphick said he would treasure his Walk of Honour Award forever.
Now 97-years-old, the city’s 2017 Australia Day Award recipient was chuffed to unveil his Baylis Street plaque on Friday morning.
The inaugural president of the Wagga Wagga Tennis Association and author of a book detailing the history of tennis in the region was this year honoured for his contribution to the sporting industry.
Mr Elphick said the nomination had come as a shock and award itself was an even bigger one.
“This occasion makes me feel proud,” Mr Elphick said. “It’s something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.”
Mr Elphick was joined by Wagga leaders, council members, defence representatives, friends and family at a small ceremony to honour the man of tennis.
“Never did I dream of being given an award for doing something I loved,” he said. “I’m glad to see it wasn’t a dream.”