(Front, from left) Junior tennis development officer Shaun Kanowski, Wade Pillar, Luke Pillar, Ben Pickering, Emily Donovan, Laura Ryan, Nicholas Bellingham, Cameron Darton, Imogen Jeffery, Jorge Muehlebach, (back) Jack Pickering, Benji Muehlebach, Andrew Donovan and Connor Ryan.
(Front, from left) Junior tennis development officer Shaun Kanowski, Wade Pillar, Luke Pillar, Ben Pickering, Emily Donovan, Laura Ryan, Nicholas Bellingham, Cameron Darton, Imogen Jeffery, Jorge Muehlebach, (back) Jack Pickering, Benji Muehlebach, Andrew Donovan and Connor Ryan.

Hot Shots help rejuvenate tennis

NATHAN Costello is hoping the Hot Shots program in Warwick junior tennis will help rejuvenate the sport in the town.

The Warwick Tennis Association acting president said Shaun Kanowski had agreed to co-ordinate the Hot Shots program for term four this year.

A qualified junior development coach with Tennis Australia, Kanowski travels from Allora each week and is being assisted by Benji Muehlebach and Nick Lindsay who have played tournament tennis in the junior ranks.

The Hot Shots program is being conducted between 4pm and 5pm each Wednesday at the Frank Drew Memorial Tennis Courts in Fitzroy Street.

Kanowski said his main goal was to instil a love for tennis in the children by providing them with technical and tactical instruction to develop their games.

Warwick tennis life members Cliff and Alma Pickering were on hand for the first Wednesday coaching session last week and said players of any age or ability were welcome.

“We also have plans for coaching clinics during the school holidays,” they said.

Costello said junior social tennis would start on Saturday at 9am at the courts and would continue until school holidays.

“The aim is to restart junior fixtures next year,” Costello said.

At this stage, the administrative work undertaken by the former administrator/coach will be handled by members of the association.

Juniors can just turn up at 4pm each Wednesday for coaching and at 9am each Saturday for match play. Bookings can also be made by phoning 4661 3866, it is optional whether players participate in one or two time slots each week.

While Saturday play is free this week, the cost for coaching and play is $5 for session.



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