Talent scout: Long-time Coffs-based coach Tony Polack has become one of a handful of regional talent spotters for Tennis Australia.
Talent scout: Long-time Coffs-based coach Tony Polack has become one of a handful of regional talent spotters for Tennis Australia. File

Coach's talent recognised

LOCAL tennis coach Tony Polack has been selected by Tennis Australia as one of 82 talent development coaches around the nation.

Selection is made strictly according to stringent rules and criteria and he is one of 19 coaches within New South Wales and just six in the regions.

“The job is to concentrate on development of juniors from five to 10 years,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the chance of working with younger juniors at their introduction to tennis, now that I’m working full-time at Englands Park tennis courts at Coffs Harbour Jetty.”

He said that the beauty of Tennis Australia’s Hotshots program was juniors weren’t just hitting or catching balls.

Part of the appointment was to attend training courses to be brought up to date with the latest methods, programs and strategies.

“There are drills which introduce correct technique, work on movement patterns and balance, perception and anticipation skills and teach children how to enjoy tennis,” Polack revealed.

“All these skills should be introduced at an early age in an effort to let children reach their full potential, wherever that may be.

“A child who has the correct swing patterns, is well-balanced, and moves well, knows how to anticipate and solve problems – all by the age of 12 – will enjoy the game more.

“They will stay in the game longer because their game is able to progress as they get older.”

Polack has spent the past two years travelling to Melbourne to study the High Performance coaching course with Tennis Australia and is about to graduate.

“If you’re going to go back to being a full-time coach, you should be as up to date as possible,” he said.

“So the courses I’ve been taking are the highest and most appropriate for this job.

“It is hugely satisfying to help any junior reach a level they have been striving to achieve as their standard is irrelevant.

“I just hope they learn to love the game as much as I do.”

Over the past 10 years, Polack has worked with around a dozen elite juniors and many have gone to near the top of their age groups on the North Coast, along with playing at national tournaments.

These include Daniel Emms, Pat and Jessie Coates, Laura Cain, Callum Hunter, Morgan Waterhouse and Tony’s own daughter, Jessica.

In that time he has also spent four years as head coach of the North Coast Academy of Sport tennis squad, working with the best rookies over 12 years.

For advice on coaching or any matter to do with tennis, contact Tony Polack on 6652 5626 or 0428 454 928.



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