No dramas! We have a new tennis coach in town
Most of you know Kristie as apart of our front desk team and now she’s also a tennis coach!
Q&A with Kristie:
How long have you been playing tennis for?
I started playing tennis when I was 5 years old back in Australia, and absolutely fell in love with it. As a result, I continued to play as a junior for a number of different clubs around Adelaide and decided to continue private coaching to build up my skills. When I went into High School i was fortunate enough to play for the school for 5 years and once graduated I went back to playing for a number of different clubs around town and got more coaching. Unfortunately after years of playing, I injured myself half way through 2014 which resulted in a torn bicep tendon, shoulder damage and shoulder immobility for a good year. It wasn’t until I met Joachim here at Global Fitness who inspired me to pick up a tennis racquet after 3 years and now I’m currently training to get back into a competitive level once again.
What made you fall in love with the sport and want to become a coach?
I fell in love with the skills tennis offered me as child, being able to develop hand ball coordination, learning about body movement, building strength whilst also improving agility and endurance. It wasn’t just “hit the ball over the net and hope for the best”, it was learning how to read my opponent, out think them, put my body on the limits of cardio performance whilst also maintaining control throughout each game play. Tennis is also such a social sport, so being a very people person, nothing was better than to play every weekend with a bunch of my friends and making some truly amazing friendships from a sport that we all loved.
Having such a love and passion for a sport that helped me to develop into the person i am today, I wanted to be able to share that with all those around me. I love seeing the smiles of peoples faces out on the court, helping them build confidence in their game but also within themselves and being outside, having fun. Its my way of giving back to a game that gave me so much in my life and coming all the way from Australia, being able to share my skills and experiences with old and new here in Canada is an absolute blessing!!
What is your most memorable moment so far?
I’ve had many memorable moments within the game of tennis, from being asked to play in Div.1 on the males team for a well known club in Adelaide, to being the number 1 player on the undefeated tennis team all throughout high school, but nothing truly compares to the unconditional support and love i received from my parents. The amount of hours they would spend hitting balls at me as i grew up, until i become to ‘powerful’ for them they stopped haha, all the hours brought our bond even closer together.
Do you think it’s important to cross-train (running, weights etc) to improve your tennis?
Absolutely! Tennis is the type of game that will show your weaknesses very quickly, so its extremely important to build a strong solid base, focusing on strength, power, speed and endurance. Weights training is fantastic at developing a strong supportive centre, increase power and stability within your shots . High intensity interval training such as running sprints are also fantastic at improving endurance and speed on the court. And you cant forget the use of drills for increasing foot speed as well as reaction time.
Who are your role models? Favourite athlete?
My all time favourite tennis superstars when i was growing up were Martina Hingis and Andre Agassi, and then when i discovered my own power within the game, Serena Williams was my idol. Her power, control and ability to out play anyone on the court but still have that grace was how I wanted to play.
Besides tennis, what are some of your hobbies?
I probably have too many hobbies, but other things that warm my heart include long distance running, trail running, hiking, road tripping, exploring mother nature and eating!! Definitely eating!