Huddersfield New College today shared more details about Head Student and Talented Athlete Phoebe Suthers' nomination for the Young Deaf Sports Personality of the Year award. Voting closed last night and the winners of each category will be announced between 16-18th December.

Phoebe has played tennis since she was 8, before she competed in her first National Deaf Tennis Championship in 2013. Aged just 12, Phoebe made her Great Britain debut at the inaugural World Deaf Tennis Championships in Nottingham, where she won the Under 18 girls’ bronze medal. Year on year Phoebe has won many medals at bronze, silver and gold and has also competed in championships with her hearing peers. Phoebe has been part of the Division 1, Yorkshire Under 14’S County Cup winning team in hearing tennis and more recently, the runners up in the U18’s County Cup team.  

This year Phoebe should have been flying to Slovenia in a bid to try and retain the women’s singles and doubles titles she won at the Slovenia Deaf Tennis Open in 2018, an event that happens every two years but this has been postponed due to lockdown.

Due to her amazing career history and dedication to her sport, she has now been nominated for the Young Deaf Sports Personality of the Year award. As well as combining training up to four times a week with her studies, Phoebe is also a Head Student, representing HNC and her fellow students. If you’re in Year 11, you can meet Phoebe and ask your questions at our Open Event on Wednesday 9th December – register at

Phoebe says: “Tennis has made such a difference to my life and I love to play and represent my country at tournaments! I’m gutted that the Slovenia Deaf Tennis Open isn’t going ahead, but I’m absolutely determined to keep up with my training. I am of course delighted to have been nominated for the Young Deaf Sports Personality of the Year (2020) award which I am really pleased about. I am up against tough competition, one of them also a player in the deaf tennis team! I’m also very proud that our team has been nominated for the Team of the Year Award. College has been incredibly supportive of my journey, and I am so very proud to represent my College as a Head Student.”

Pete Lombard, Talented Athletes Programme Lead: “Phoebe has an absolutely phenomenal career history already, with a long list of international wins. She is an absolute star and we are in no doubt she will go far. She is as passionate about representing her College and doing well in her studies as she is about tennis, and genuinely deserves to win the title of Deaf Sports Personality of the Year 2020. Voting has just closed, and we encouraged our community to show their support for Phoebe – we have everything crossed!”


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