Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number

I turn 30 in just over 9 months time. I honestly cannot believe how fast my 20s went. I remember being a teenager and desperately wanting to turn 20 and put all the “teenage drama” behind me. There were so many ups and downs, much similar to a roller coaster. I just knew that once I moved past the age of 19 and turned 20, everything will change and it certainly did. I felt a brand new confidence on my 20th birthday, where I was competing on tour in Bundaberg, Australia and on my favourite surface – clay. I had just returned from a European clay court tour and I felt like I finally found my way in the sport.

I was browsing LinkedIn for some daily inspiration and I came across this article written by Business Insider. It’s certainly worth the read.

17 Things to Start Doing in Your 20s So You Don’t Live in Regret in Your 40s

I now look back at my 20s and I can confidently say that I have lived by these tips, however I can improve in many areas. I feel as though over the past 4 years or so, I lost the tremendous confidence that I had in my early 20s. There have been multiple factors of course, however the worst part of that was the negative impact it had on my personal life. The saying “everything that goes up, must come down” certainly hit home hard in my case.

After reading this article, I feel as though it could act as a blueprint towards a happier and healthier life for me and I’ll certainly be mindful of these tips over the next decade of my life, irrespective of my age. I hope that it has a similarly impact on you too.

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Alienpros Overgrips Review

I have been extremely fortunate to have caught the attention of Alienpros, a company that produces designer overgrips for sports such as Tennis, Badminton, Baseball and Golf.

I was asked to consider becoming an ambassador for the company in April 2018, and was so impressed by their vision and product that I accepted the offer.

 

 

As part of my position as a Solar Ambassador, I will complete a product review for any tennis fans who are interested to know more about this product.

For more reviews, visit the Alien Pros Official Website.

ALIENPROS OVERGRIPS REVIEW 

UNIQUE DESIGNS + DURABLE + QUALITY PERFORMANCE

The X-Dry overgrip is a non-tacky grip. This type of grip is perfect for a player that wants their overgrip to absorb sweat during play. I would say that this grip is a great option for players who are training/competing in humid climates, such as what is experienced in Australia, South America and Asia. I found the X-Dry overgrip allowing the fingers to have the breathing room desired throughout rallies, in addition to absorbing sweat. The grip itself also didn’t tear or become loose on the handle, meaning that it’s a high quality product and is very durable. The designs of these overgrips are based on themes, such as ‘love’ and ‘food’ (which are my personal favourites) allowing for individual expression.

The X-Tac overgrip is a tacky grip. This type of grip is perfect for a player that wants their overgrip to absorb less sweat during play. I would say that this grip is a great option for players who are training/competing in cooler climates, such as what is experienced in Europe and North America. It is also a great option when playing in the evening where temperataures are lower. I found the X-Tac overgrip to be extremely tacky and provided plenty of absorption to feel as though the handle was glued to your fingers. The grip also didn’t tear or become loose on the handle and most importantly, the tackiness of the grip didn’t wear out with a lot of use. The designs of these overgrips are also themed, such as ‘clouds’ and ‘dragon’ which once again allow for meaning and individual expression.

I truly believe in this product as it combines unique designs, durability and performance. I highly recommend that you try an Alienpros overgrip! You will not be disappointed 🙂

 

 

NSW Age Gold JT

The tournament season continues with my students James, Jordan and Jayden Chen and Sonia Joudo competing at the NSW Age Gold JT.

After another great effort in his last tournament and a fantastic session with me, James is continuing to develop his all court game extremely well. The process of developing your game is a long one and he is certainly showing more patience and confidence during the “bigger points” on court. He has won his first qualification match and will continue to battle it out on court tomorrow at the Blacktown Leisure Centre in Stanhope Gardens NSW.

Jordan and Jayden also had a great session with me, where we are continuing to improve their court positioning, awareness and reading play. They have competed in the 12/under event and have lost their pre-qualifying matches. They will face off against one another in the consolation event. This is another important learning curve for them and I’m sure that they will be eager to make the improvements necessary going forward.

Sonia Joudo has had a great day of tennis, winning her first round match in the pre-qualifying event and falling short in the final round of pre-qualification. She was able to gain a lucky loser position into the qualification event, which is a great opportunity for her to gain confidence as a competitor against other seasoned players. As one of my newer students, we’ve focused on developing her strokes and playing with more intention. The commitment she has shown to improve has been fantastic and today’s result is a testament to her effort and willingness to learn and develop as a player. Her tournament continues tomorrow at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush NSW.

Track their progress throughout the tournament here: NSW Age Gold JT

High Performance Camps at Premier Tennis Academy

I feel very proud and honoured to be conducting the High Performance Camps at the Kings School in Parramatta, NSW over the next two weeks. I will be working alongside the coaching team and staff at Premier Tennis Academy to ensure that our students are going to have a tremendous experience with us over the next fortnight. I’m super excited to begin. See you out on court!

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For more information and registration, go to High Performance Camp at Premier Tennis Academy.

Nepean Junior Gold JT

The tournament phase is set to continue this week for my students James Chen, Jordan Chen and Jayden Chen.

Earlier this month at the Nepean Easter Open, I noted areas such as confidence, competitiveness and court awareness as key performance indicators during the matches they played. We went back to the drawing board once again, and focused on these areas in our lessons. The drills were simple, yet effective. It is very easy to over complicate a process as it does depend on each student and what works best for them.

It appears as though this momentum has done the trick for James. He has shown terrific resilience, confidence and focus on court today, winning his first main draw match of the tournament. It is a fantastic result, particularly after the disappointment of his prior loss at the Nepean Easter Open and I am super proud of his effort today. He has shown the gamesmanship that is required to excel in this sport. The tournament continues on for him tomorrow.

Jordan and Jayden will be competing in the 12/under event and gaining more exposure to various opponents and tournament conditions which is exactly what they need for their age. The game of tennis is still very much a “game” for younger players and emphasising fun and enjoyment of competition is what brings out the best in them.

Track their progress throughout the tournament here: 2018 Nepean Junior Gold JT

“I Really Want A Female Coach”

I am on the cusp of a very new experience as a coach. I will be coaching and mentoring my first junior female player, empowering her to achieve her goals and aspirations. During our first conversation she said “I really want a female coach” and “I feel like you’ll be an amazing coach for me”. I was both surprised and excited to hear that. Nonetheless, I will be using the same process as I do with all of my new players. It goes a little something like this:

  1. Connect
  2. Construct a Path
  3. Build Trust
  4. Instruct and Reinforce
  5. Compete and Evaluate

In my opinion, gone are the days where your credibility as a coach is purely based on your instruction and knowledge. I feel it is necessary now, more than ever, to form a connection with your player, have them visualise a path/journey that you will embark on together, form trust and then begin to coach. I’ve had some awesome outcomes by using this teaching style and I am sticking to it 🙂

 

4th Year Anniversary at Premier Tennis Academy

I remember setting a few goals in early 2017, which were to graduate from university, network with other professionals and continue coaching and mentoring my students at Premier Tennis Academy. I did exactly that 🙂

In 2017, I graduated from university, gained new skills and networks whilst working at Deloitte as a graduate accountant and continued working in my role as a tennis coach at Premier Tennis Academy. It was a very busy year indeed!

I feel extremely fortunate to have had such a strong relationship with the owner and team at Premier Tennis Academy, particularly during a time of transition post-university. It truly was my saving grace on many occasions during the past year. My respect and admiration for the team grew and I feel very proud to be a part of the team at Premier Tennis Academy. Our key performance indicators are always about our actions towards building and maintaining strong relationships, which I advocate in my daily life.

In Year 4, I will be keen to spend more time on court and travelling throughout NSW with my players as they compete on the junior tour. I will also be working harder to build my networks within this sport and follow my passion for this game. It will be another amazing year!

My Deloitte Journey Begins…

In 2017, I graduate with a bachelors degree in business and commerce from Western Sydney University and begin a new journey as a graduate in one of the big four accounting firms in the world – Deloitte. I am both excited and humbled by this opportunity and will endeavour to bring forth the same energy and enthusiasm towards this role as I have done in each of my roles in the past. In addition, I will continue mentoring and coaching junior tennis players and hope that I can continue to connect with professionals who can inspire and support both my students and myself to become all we can be! – Originally posted on 20 January 2017

I began my role as a graduate at the accounting firm in March 2017. I can recall being so excited about this opportunity ever since I was accepted into the program over 1 year ago! Has it really been that long? Wow

I feel as though it is only appropriate to reflect on this new chapter in my life, having been with the firm for three months, by commenting on what I believe are the challenges, positives and negatives of this role going forward into the future.

NEGATIVES

  • The inability to predict my workload
  • Not being my own boss

CHALLENGES

  • Getting at least 7 hours of sleep per day
  • Ensuring that I can continue to mentor and coach junior tennis players and adults throughout the week
  • Being social (since I am an introvert, naturally)

POSITIVES

  • The ability to work amongst likeminded individuals
  • Making an impact that matters
  • Learning new skills on a daily basis

It’s quite clear to see, just from my quick reflection on my experience at Deloitte thus far, that there is no perfect role, situation or environment. That goes for both your work and personal life. We will always face challenges and have experiences that are both positive and negative.

In my opinion, the way to keep winning at life is to learn from the negatives, embrace the positives and face the challenges. There really is nowhere to hide from them because they are the recurring themes in everything we do. I will keep you all posted 🙂

3rd Year Anniversary at Premier Tennis Academy

I cannot believe how fast three years has gone by at Premier Tennis Academy! Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂

Over the past three years, I have mentored and coached junior tennis players to help them become better competitors in this sport. During this time, I have both reconnected and become acquainted with some amazing people that I have learned a great deal from and have helped me grow in confidence as a leader, mentor and coach. There have been some amazing results for my students both on and off the court. I am truly grateful for this year.

In 2017, I graduate with a bachelors degree in business and commerce from Western Sydney University and begin a new journey as a graduate in one of the big four accounting firms in the world – Deloitte. I am both excited and humbled by this opportunity and will endeavour to bring forth the same energy and enthusiasm towards this role as I have done in each of my roles in the past. In addition, I will continue mentoring and coaching junior tennis players and hope that I can continue to connect with professionals who can inspire and support both my students and myself to become all we can be!

 

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