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.