Powell River Tennis Centre Announces New Director of Tennis

The Powell River Tennis Centre (PRTC) is pleased to welcome Gary Winter as its new Director of Tennis and Head Pro. Gary Winter will start with the Fall lessons which begin on Tuesday, September 4th. These lessons are currently open for registration at https://prtennis.ca/reservation-system

Gary is returning to BC after spending nine years as the Head Tennis Pro at the historic Waterloo Tennis Club (WTC) in Waterloo, ON.

We’re very fortunate to have a coach with Gary’s experience coming to Powell River!

 Gary is excited about the opportunity to bring his coaching experience and expertise to build the game of tennis in Powell River.

 “I’m obviously very passionate about the sport of tennis,” says Gary. “It offers so much for all ages and levels of play. Tennis is a sport that can be played by everyone throughout their lifetime.”

 “Having an indoor tennis facility in Powell River is a rare thing in a community of this size. Tennis in Canada is growing at a fast rate, especially amongst younger players. Tennis Canada admits that what’s missing are indoor tennis courts. Powell River is lucky to have this facility.”

 Along with coaching the Junior and Adult classes at the PRTC, Gary will be teaching introductory tennis lessons during gym classes throughout the Powell River schools in the fall.

 “To be able to go to the schools and give kids a hands on experience with tennis is such a great way to get them started,” says Gary. “Tennis brings together so many skills from other sports all into one activity. You need the co-ordination, movement and conditioning of a hockey or soccer player, along the hand-eye coordination of a baseball batter or a golfer. It’s also a great sport for developing character as it requires persistence, patience and resilience.”

 Gary is returning to B.C. after nearly ten years in Ontario. Before moving to Ontario, Gary was the Director of Tennis and Head Tennis Pro at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort for thirteen years.

 Gary has also worked for Tennis BC, the provincial body overseeing tennis in BC. He was involved in Tennis BC’s School’s Program, teaching introductory tennis lessons to school kids from grades 1 – 6.

 Gary is a Tennis Canada certified Coach 2. He has taken numerous coaching development workshops and is certified in Progressive tennis (for 4 – 10 year olds). He is even certified in coaching wheelchair tennis.

 “The game can be as challenging as you wish to make it. I am here to help and guide you reaching your potential.”

 His coaching experience ranges from four year olds to recreational and competitive juniors (high school, provincial, national and prospective college players). He was the Women’s coach for the University of Waterloo Varsity team for three seasons. He also coaches adult recreational and competitive players.

 When not coaching Gary still plays competitive tennis. He won the Senior Western Indoors Doubles title in 2006. He enjoys biking, kayaking, skiing and ukulele.  

Summer Tennis Kids Camp 10-14 years starting July 23rd

I’m very pleased to announce that the July 23-27 camp for 10-14 year olds will be led by Katerina Boiko!

Katerina is a great coach and an incredible tennis player. She has won one of the biggest tennis tournaments in BC – the Stanley Park Open – three years in a row in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

She works for Tennis BC now and runs a variety of programs for different ages and levels of play. Katerina is also Tennis Canada certified (Coach 1) and a member of TPA Canada.

Katerina will be in Powell River for just a few days and we are very excited that she agreed to run this camp for us.

The reservation link for this camp is here:
If you are interested in getting private lessons or hitting sessions with Katerina please let me know if we will set something up.

2018 Summer Kids Camps – registration links

Please click on the “Register” link below to get to the camp registration page directly.

  • All camps run 8:00am – 11:00am.  The cost is $150/participant
    Discounts available:
  • 20% for siblings
  • 15% for Powell River Tennis Centre members

An introductory tennis program geared to expose children 6-9 year old to tennis in a positive way. Scaled equipment, court length, and balls modified for the child’s age are used for success, maximum learning, and fun. The camp runs 8am-11pm (three hours a day) for five days, Monday to Friday indoor in our very comfortable facility.

Bring your own tennis racquet or use our loaners.

Please make sure your kid have a small snack and plenty of water.

Age First Day Last Day Cost Registration link
 6-9 yrs. old Mon 9-Jul-18 Fri 13-Jul-18 $150 Register
 10-13 yrs. old Mon 23-Jul-18 Fri 27-Jul-18 $150 Register
 6-9 yrs. old Mon 30-Jul-18 Fri 3-Aug-18 $150 Register
 10-13 yrs. old Mon 13-Aug-18 Fri 17-Aug-18 $150 Register
 6-9 yrs. old Mon 20-Aug-18 Fri 24-Aug-18 $150 Register

 

Summer Kids Camps update

We are working hard to finalize our summer camp schedule. We expect it to be out sometimes in the first week of June. Please stays tuned and check prtennis.ca regularly for updates.

6 reasons why tennis is a great choice for your child

A great article from Tennis Canada website: 6 reasons why tennis is a great choice for your child

1. No Contact

Collision and contact sports over the years have started to gain attention for the lifelong injuries they can cause. While tennis doesn’t come without its fair share of accidents — if you’ve played long enough you’ve been hit with a tennis ball more than once — racquet sports have definitely become a favourable option for parents looking for a safe and healthy exercise for their child.

2. Expert Supervision

Again, safety first! With coaches on-hand during lessons to teach beginners proper technique and form, there is inherently less chance of acquiring any injuries. While shoelace trips and strains may occur, their likeliness is minimized with practice and patience.

3. Physical Development

A great way to tire your little one out, the game of tennis includes a lot of running around, quick movements, and the use of the entire body. As a result, the development of muscular body strength is inevitable. Couple this with the strengthening of the cardiovascular system — with tennis you’re looking at nothing but healthy aces.

4. Mental Development

According to scientists from the University of Illinois, because tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it could possibly create “new connections between nerves in the brain, thus promoting a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.” It also an effective sport to master fine motor-skills and hand-to-eye coordination.

5. Immunity Booster

By improving physical strength, flexibility, balance, and fine motor-skills, tennis will lend to helping your child master other activities off the court. One better, by staying fit and healthy, your child will also have a stronger immune system to help combat passed school yard germs and flu season.

6. It’s social and fun!

We could go on and on about the health and safety benefits of playing tennis, but above all else, we truly believe that when it comes to any sport it should start with f. A strong rooted history in good sportsmanship, teamwork, and camaraderie among players, tennis has forever been a social sport that leads to enjoyment.

From here: http://www.tenniscanada.com/6-reasons-why-tennis-is-a-grea…/

Ladies’ and Men’s nights at the Tennis Centre

Every Saturday and Sunday we organize drop-in Tennis events – Ladies’ and Men’s nights at the Tennis Centre. We can play a set or two or just rally – whatever you are up to.
 
  • Men’s Nights are on Saturdays at 7:00 pm
  • Ladies’ Nights are on Sundays at 7:00 pm
 
There is a $10 per person fee (taxes included), paid online or at the door. All courts will be available from 7pm until late.
 
Please RSVP at https://prtennis.ca/reservation-system or just drop by to play some tennis.

Financial assistance from Athletics for kids (a4k) available

If you were considering one of our kids tennis programs but could not afford it you might be eligible for assistance from athletics4kids program.

The limit for racket sports (including tennis) is $250 in annual assistance.

The application form is here:

https://www.a4k.ca/apply_now