Cathie Sabin OBE

Tennis Sussex remembers Cathie Sabin OBE 

Many of you will have met Cathie Sabin. It was with great sadness that we heard that Cathie lost her fight against myeloma on 21st May 2020. Cathie was a special person who touched many lives with her natural ability to understand and to empathise, always acting as such an amazing ambassador for tennis. I was fortunate to know her well and spend much time in meetings together, attending tennis events and identifying ways to increase participation particularly for girls and communities. 

One of the many tributes I’ve read says: “She was an absolute inspiration in so many ways and showed how to combine being a great leader with being a down to earth warm person’. This sums up Cathie so well. 

Cathie was a former PE teacher who became the first female president of the Lawn Tennis Association between 2013-2016. She was a passionate supporter of grassroots and County tennis as well as of performance tennis. 

Cathie became a member of the ITF Olympic Committee in 2015 and was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List for Services to Tennis. The following link is a tribute to Cathie set to the music of the Proclaimers which was a favourite of Cathie’s at Davis Cup matches: https://youtu.be/epP-Jptsh4M
Our condolences are sent to John, Cathie’s husband and all of her family and friends.

Anne Clark

Chair, Tennis Sussex