Play is what I teach.


I started playing tennis when I was 5 years old: A bored kid in a small BC coastal town, old racquets, dirt-grey-formerly-white balls in the basement, add a wall—one clean smack and I was hooked on the feel. Self taught until my late teens, I played anytime, with anyone, anywhere. I won and lost games, developed a calm and patient understanding of self, made lifelong friendships and developed a passion to share the feeling of ball-to-racquet with anyone willing.

The intervening years are a blur of experiences, learning and living—some best never shared.

In 1982, I was teaching a friend on the new courts at Granville Island when the instructor for the False Creek Community Centre came up to me and asked, “Where have you taught before?” Recognizing an opportunity, I replied, “only for friends, but if you are interested, so am I.” And so it began.

Now, 36 years later, every time I am on the court, I strive to be a better instructor and pass on the joy I find in play, and play is what I teach.

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