Wednesday April 4th saw Tennis NT’s Indigenous Tennis Program conduct its first coaching course in the remote community of Beswick, 4.5 hours south of Darwin.
Tennis Australia’s ‘Foundation Coaching Course’ was delivered by Coach Development Coordinator Chris Moody to 7 participants, with 6 participants being remote Community Sport and Recreation Officers from the Roper Gulf Regional Council (RGRC) and 1 participant from the Tiwi Islands, Tarlina Tipungwuti, winner of the 2011 NT Open Championships women’s singles title.
The feedback received from the Sport and Recreation officers was that they really enjoyed the course and were happy that it consisted mostly of ‘on the court’ sessions. They believe the course will now give them the confidence to conduct tennis sessions in their respective communities.
RGRC Regional Sport and Recreation Coordinator Brodie Bishop also said that the things learnt today will also assist the Sport and Recreation officers with being able to deliver other sports as part of their roles as he felt that the skills they learnt were all transferrable.
The Indigenous Tennis Program would like to thank the following people; Dunstan Weetra, Rhiannyan Bush, Dani Barma, Illana Rankin, Joshita Hood, Tarlina Tipungwuti and Phillip Afamasaga for giving up their time and participating in the inaugural remote community Foundation Coaching Course.
We would also like to thank Nathan McIvor, Roper Gulf Regional Council Area Manager – Central Arnhem, Brodie Bishop and the Northern Territory Government for the support they have given to enable this learning opportunity to take place.