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JOHN GARDINER

DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

With a lifetime of tennis experience both in New Zealand and internationally, I am a career Tennis Coach leading the team and all areas of the Marlborough program.  I have a passion for all areas of tennis, and enjoy coaching anybody from beginners, social players and internationally competing juniors. i have had the honour of working with a large number of National Champions, New Zealand Representatives, and a large number of players who have competed or are still on US College Tennis Scholarships. I believe that whatever the level, fun, enjoyment and improvement are the key pillars of success, and I aim every day to Inspire people in this great game we love so much!

 

  • High performance
  • HPTU
  • Private lessons
  • US College Scholarships

REILLY QUIRK

HEAD COACH

Reilly has been coaching tennis full time since 2008 since finishing Secondary School at Wanganui Collegiate where he spent most of his playing days representing Wanganui as both a Junior and a Senior.

 

In 2009 Reilly completed his Tennis Australia Junior Development Coaching Course (TA/TNZ). Reilly also has Level One SPARC ‘The Principles Of Sport Coaching’ qualification further to this he is a qualified Football Coach and has Bronze Medallion for life saving.

At Wanganui Collegiate Reilly gained NCEA 1,2,3 and UE.

 

.Since arriving at the Marlborough Tennis Club Reilly has helped grow the profile of tennis in the region and grow club membership. His goals for the coming years is to see Marlborough become the strongest tennis region in the country - and provide the ‘one stop shop’ for all things tennis.

 

  • Development Academy
  • Junior Aces
  • Private Lessons
  • HPTU
  • Pro Shop

BEN PETLEY

COACH

Ben has been involved in tennis for eleven years, representing Nelson Bays as a junior player. As a junior he fell in love with the game while being taught by John Gardiner, which led to his eventual passion for coaching.

 

Throughout high school he represented Nelson College in tennis, winning the regional title all five years while at school. Highlights include being part of the South Island Champion team in 2010, and captaining the team in his final two years.

 

In 2013 Ben accepted a full academic scholarship to Roanoke College, a private liberal arts school in Virginia, USA to study Psychology, where he played #3 in singles and #1 in doubles for the Maroons.

During this time he joined the coaching staff at Hidden Valley Country Club as Assistant Pro, where he worked with many of the region’s talented junior players.

 

Ben's philosophy revolves around the importance of innovation and balance in teaching across the technical, tactical, physical and psychological areas of the sport, in order to develop multi skilled and adaptable athletes.

He particularly enjoys helping competitive junior players develop all areas of their games both in groups and individually.

 

Ben continues to play competitively himself, recently winning singles tournaments in Auckland and Wellington.

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