Role encompasses players and coaches
Part-time tennis coach Kane Newland is the new fulltime professional coach for Tennis South Canterbury.
The 31-year-old is delighted to be appointed to a job in a sport he is passionate about.
Newland will leave his position as a sport development adviser for Sport Canterbury in Timaru next month to take up the position, after being the successful applicant of the two interviewed.
Newland has had a long association with tennis.
Born and bred in South Canterbury, he was a junior representative player before heading to Massey University, where he gained a degree in sports science and played for Manawatu.
His coaching career began there under the guidance of John Gardener. He returned to Timaru in 2008 and has since been actively involved in part-time coaching and has a Tennis New Zealand club professional certificate.
Newland said being involved with Tennis South Canterbury last season re-ignited his passion for the full-time role.
"I enjoyed working with Rachel [Ellis] and Mark [Offen], it was great."
Newland said he was also juggling his commitments and making the change to fulltime suited him.
"I was busy doing about 12 hours part-time and it reached a point I needed to make a decision, which way I wanted to go.
"A lot of talented kids come out of South Canterbury."
Newland pointed to the success of Annabel Ellis and Lawrence Darling in January.
He said being involved fulltime would also allow him to focus not only on technique but also on the mental and fitness side as well.
He also enjoyed the new kids on the block.
"Sometimes your best lesson can be with the 5-year-old who has just picked up the racket."
The role would be about supporting and developing local coaches, he said.
Tennis South Canterbury co-ordinator Matt Cameron said Newland interviewed well, speaking about his vision for tennis in the area and his desire to work alongside other capable and like-minded coaches.
"He already coaches many local players and loves the talent he sees and feels he isn't giving them enough time. Having this job will enable him to take more players and give others more quality time."
Newland will be paid by Tennis South Canterbury for his work with the representative junior squads and in schools but will need to supplement that with private lessons.
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