A RHYL Tennis Club coach has become the youngest ever board nominated councillor for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Council.

At the age of 18, Jonathon Dawes has become the youngest person ever to hold a position on the council in the governing body's 133-year history.

Jonathan has enjoyed many a great success in the sport over the years, as well as having been a Member of the Welsh Youth Parliament.

Over the years, he has delivered hundreds of free tennis lessons, including to 1000 young people during a particular school skills week.

The LTA is continued its work to drive forward inclusion and diversity in tennis with the appointment of the seven new board nominated councilors to the LTA Council, including Jonathon.

Jonathon, who is from Rhyl, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to announce that I have been appointed.

"Becoming an LTA Councillor is a real privilege and I am very much looking forward to using my platform to grow and contribute to the governance of tennis across the United Kingdom, ‘level up’ opportunity and provide young people with a strong voice.

"I can’t wait to begin working and drive the LTA vision of ‘tennis opened up’ across the nation."

The new councillors each bring with them unique backgrounds and experiences. They have been recruited to further enhance the LTA’s governance and leadership by positively contributing to the diversity of LTA’s thoughts, ideas and approaches to tennis.

The new councillors will each serve for a minimum of three and maximum of nine years.