The Daryl Cox Memorial
Shield is presented by Bayside Regional Tennis Association in
honour of services to Tennis by Mr. Daryl Cox. The
Shield is awarded bi-annually to the Saturday/Sunday Junior team with
the best score aggregate over the season.
Daryl grew up in
Edithvale and spent his adult life living in Carrum. He married
his wife Olive in 1953 and raised three children.
Daryl joined the
Carrum Tennis Club in 1943 and was Club President from 1953-1985.
He was passionately
involved with CCTA over a 38 year period which saw him take on many
1953-1965 Executive Committee
He was awarded
Caulfield-Carrum Tennis Association life membership in 1977.
During his time with
CCTA he was responsible for the introduction of inter-association senior
and junior competitions, founded the CCTA versus the State Shell squad
junior challenge matches, managed, promoted and hosted Junior travelling
groups of anything up to 25 players to experience regional country
tournaments in many destinations including Wangaratta, Echuca and
Warragul and presided over weekend and midweek competitions that
involved hundreds of players.
Along with former
Australian Open Tennis referee, Peter Bellenger (see the famous 1990
John McEnroe outburst on YouTube) they were a dominant force over a 30+
year period of the Caulfield-Carrum Tennis Association.
Daryl also served on
the Victorian Tennis Association (Tennis Victoria) Council and was
recognised with a Highly Commended Service Award for his contribution to
tennis at a Club, Association and State level in 1985. Special
mention was given to his untiring work to promote junior tennis.
worked as Manager of Kooyong Tennis Club (Lawn Tennis Association of
Victoria) during the 1960s in conjunction with the legendary Harry
Hopman who was President of the LTAV. The Australian Championships
(before the Open era) were played at Kooyong (alternating each year with
White City, Sydney). Davis Cup finals were also held at Kooyong during a
dominant tennis period for Australia.
professional role was as CEO of the Australian Hotels Association, a
position he held for 17 years. For a time the AHA remembered his
loyal service (which included significant reforms) with a prestigious
team culinary completion for aspiring apprentice chefs won by the likes
of George Calombaris and Adam D’Sylva.
After a battle with
cancer Daryl passed away in 1985.