Lawn Tennis Association name Cathie Sabin as first female president

Cathie Sabin Ms Sabin said she would push to improve tennis participation levels

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A former teacher has been named as the first female president of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

Cathie Sabin, who lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, and taught at the nearby Idsall School, was sworn in at the LTA's AGM in London.

The former deputy president replaces Peter Bretherton, who stepped down after three years in charge of the LTA, which was founded in 1888.

She said it was a "huge honour" to take on the post.

"I'm passionate about improving opportunities within this great sport and very much look forward to the challenges that lie ahead," she said.

She added that she would place "a particular emphasis on supporting young people and volunteers".

The LTA is the governing body for tennis in Britain, responsible for development, both at grass roots and professional level.

Ms Sabin, who is expected to complete a three-year term, said she would push to improve participation levels in the sport at all levels.

She is a former county player for Shropshire and and is a member of Bridgnorth Tennis Club.

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