Our after school junior clinic programs introduce the foundational skills of tennis for new players and is the perfect program to get your young tennis player ready for our summer programs. Players learn basic rally, serve and net play skills along with activities that build tennis specific coordination. We will supply junior tennis racquets to our participants.
When: Monday & Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:30pm (Weeks of June 12th to June 30th)
Where: Qplex Tennis Courts
Cost: $75 -1st child, $65 -2nd , $55 -3rd & $0 - 4th
This programs is designed for competitive players becoming interested in tournament play and improving their overall game.
Jr Rec - Players must be comfortable rallying full court with a regular ball.
Jr Comp - For players who wish to compete in provincial tournaments.
When: Tuesday & Thursdays 4:15pm-5:30pm (Weeks of June 12th to June 30th)
Where: Qplex Tennis Courts
Cost: $90 -1 st child, $80 -2nd , $70 -3rd & $0 - 4th
I started playing tennis when I was seven-years-old. I fell in love with the sport while on vacation in Mexico. My mother decided to sign me up for the recreational program at the Quispamsis Tennis Club. At nine, I entered my first competition. For many years I decided to balance playing hockey, baseball, badminton, and tennis. I competed at a very high level in hockey, but at the age of 13 I decided I wanted to chase my dream of playing college tennis.
Where we live is not optimal for tennis and I like to compare it to trying to be a pro hockey player from Jamaica. To keep up with other competitive juniors in Canada, when I started, I had to train in my garage, on my own with a ball machine or with my father feeding me balls at the outdoor courts. We have no indoor facility where I live. I knew this wasn’t going to be enough training and being on a tight family budget I moved 3 1/2 hours away to train at the Atlantic Tennis Centre, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
It is a dream of mine and I have made many sacrifices to play tennis, but I love the sport. Along with playing tennis, I love coaching others and as far as I know, I am the youngest coach in Canada to be CP1 certified.
I am a former pro hockey player who thought I was going to have two kids who played hockey. Was I ever wrong!!! However, I do have two kids who are very active. Cade, as we know, loves tennis and his sister is a big-time cheerleader, who also plays every sport she possibly can (soccer, track, cross country, badminton, basketball, tennis, softball). If there is a tryout for a team, she is going.
Once I knew Cade wanted to play tennis at a high level, it became a challenge for us, since we live in an area that has no high-performance training and the closest indoor facility is an hour and a half. The cards were already stacked against us. However, here we are 7 years later and Cade is performing at a national level.
How did he get here? His discipline, drive and passion, along with a lot of help from many people in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I like to think I played a small part in his development, as I took my passion for the game of hockey, which I loved to play and coach and transferred that energy into tennis. I never played tennis as a kid and I still don’t really play, but I love spending time with Cade on the court and helping him chase his dream.
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