Thursday, May 23, 2013

Great Coaching has to include a competitive component

Jr Comp Finalists Dylan, Hannah, Jade and Marley April 2013
                                                                                                                                               
Too few Coaching Programs include a competitive component as part of the learning process.
The  truth is that tennis is a highly 'skill intensive' sport and thus requires repetition of those skills on a regular basis to maintain and improve. Just hitting is certainly fun in itself and as it is indeed a sport for a lifetime, the sooner we can progress to actually 'playing' then so much the better. Another truth is that competition actually enhances and accelerates the learning process!
When considering coaching - especially for juniors - look for providers who include some form of competition as part of their coaching program. and which are NOT considered an 'add on' additional expense.
Responsible coaches will tell you when your child is ready and it can be much earlier than you think. Dylan, pictured above is in year 4 and more than holds his own. In fact, all four players pictured have improved substantially since beginning competition. Their program includes both coaching and weekly highly organised matches, and for the a monthly fee which suits parents just fine! Organised 10 week holiday purposeful practice sessions are also included! Choose wisely but click here to see Toowoomba's Tennis Mason program.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Gary Stickler - Lifetime Management Group

LIFETIME MANAGEMENT GROUP PTY LTD - FORMERLY TRADING AS CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CENTRE; KALYNDA CHASE TENNIS CENTRE (TOWNSVILLE) & THE GARDENS TENNIS CENTRE (DARWIN) appointed SV Partners 138 Mary Street Brisbane as the joint and several liquidators on 26th January, 2013.
Gary Stickler - left - listed his profile in Linkedin as "Tennis Operations Manager Life Time Tennis at LifeTime Management Group Pty Ltd, as at 25th February, 2013.

Over $1,000,000 was listed as the total owing for all creditors at the creditors meeting on 20th February.

Tennis Queensland was the highest creditor when it submitted updated figures of $187,880.69 owing to them.

Second highest creditor was the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation - $117,193. 

Both Tennis Queensland and the Taxation Office were listed as UNSECURED CREDITORS. 

In the "ASSETS" listing, $180 was listed as "Cash in Bank". "OTHER ASSETS" listing was 'Nil' with any additions headings in ASSETS listed as "UNKNOWN". 

Queensland Tennis has a problem but my sympathy lies with the 34 employees who lost $57,143  and were advised at the meeting to not expect much, if anything, in the way of compensation! 

The investigation continues. A very sad day for Australian Tennis and particularly for Queensland!



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nadal comments on cement surfaces

Rafael Nadal, after competing in his second tournament in 7 months criticized the ATP for not doing enough to protect players' health, saying the increase in hard-court events will lead to long-term injuries that will affect players after they retire.

Toowoomba largely prefers synthetic surfaces as does the majority of tennis Clubs in the region. There is no question that synthetic grass is much easier on the body.

TA's preferred surface is hard-court and the world largely rejects synthetic surfaces. I do not recall any national event played on synthetic grass.

I think Nadal has a point though and the compromise could be to limit the number of hard-court events.

Please let us know what you think by making a comment.

 



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Am I really supposed to hit your foot, Mr Mason?
Welcome to our Blog! After too much complaining   regarding the lack of tennis publicity in Toowoomba, we decided to build a blog and to make it available to people, clubs and all those interested in tennis in our Southern region.

We have called it "Toowoomba Tennis News" but let everyone know that the blog can become whatever we all decide for it to become. Personally, I would like to see many people in our region become involved in building our sport.

All players, clubs, juniors and parents are encouraged to contact us with your thoughts and ideas. We especially wish to include all Clubs in our region. So feel free to share your news by emailing us at wmason8@gmail.com
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