Tennis coach for 10 years in the Casino area and pictured here at Clunes with some of his students is Trent George (centre) and rear from left, Callum Sivewright, 9, Katelyn Burns, 14, Axle Johnson, 14, Ella Burns, 11, Annie Tinning, 14, and Charlotte Bell, 12.
Tennis coach for 10 years in the Casino area and pictured here at Clunes with some of his students is Trent George (centre) and rear from left, Callum Sivewright, 9, Katelyn Burns, 14, Axle Johnson, 14, Ella Burns, 11, Annie Tinning, 14, and Charlotte Bell, 12. David Nielsen

George celebrates 10 years at club

TRENT GEORGE has seen plenty of mis-hits.

Plenty of long-balls, plenty of shanked shots and plenty of foot faults.

It is his job to correct these imperfections – has been for 10 years now.

George, 30, holds the coaching rights at Casino Town Tennis Club.

The club recently celebrated his 10th anniversary in the role.

Over the years George has nurtured thousands of kids in the sport he loves. His knowledge is spread across Casino, Kyogle, Dunoon and Clunes. He does it for the kids and he does it for himself.

“It’s a great lifestyle I live,” George said.

“I go to work and do something I love and get to pass on my knowledge to the kids.”

On top of his regular coaching duties, George, in conjunction with Kids Tennis Foundation, often spends time teaching skills to disadvantaged children.

“There are a lot of kids in country schools who simply don’t have access to tennis facilities or coaching,” George said.

“So I like to get out there and work with those kids when I get the chance.”

Schools in Rappville and Casino also employ George as a tennis coach.

“I have an interest in watching the kids progress to see how far they take it,” he said.

“We have had a few go in State tournaments and the like but most of our students are in it for fitness and fun.”

George was a handy tennis player in his own right when at his peak, but the inevitable curse of injury has greatly reduced the amount of tournaments he contests. He didn’t play in the Lismore Classic over Easter but he was there.

“We had about a dozen kids entered,” he said.

If George has his way, there is every chance he will be watching his students go around at the Classic in another 10 years.

Trent George is running coaching clinics in the school holidays.

He will be at Kyogle today and tomorrow; and at Casino from next Monday, April 12, to Thursday, April 15, from 9am.

 

Championships

THE Hotel Cecil Casino Open tennis championships will be held from this Friday to Sunday.

There will be $5500 in prizemoney, with entries coming in from Queensland and along the North Coast.

It is an Australian Ranking Bronze Tournament with 21 events to be contested.



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