Reports for trips to Antigua and Trinidad
Report on the tournament in Antigua attended by 3 players and a coach
On Saturday 25th August, 2018, three 18 & under tennis players and one coach/chaperone from St. Vincent and the Grenadines journeyed to Antigua to attend the Wadadli Bowl, a Grade 5 tournament. Amarlia and Gabrielle Benn participated in the Girls 18 & under singles and doubles competition, while Richand Hoyte played in the Boys 18 & under singles and doubles competition. They were accompanied by Roxann Williams, Level 1 tennis coach, to the host nation Antigua where they played at the National Tennis Centre Campsite in St Johns.
As of September 3rd 2018, Amarlia Benn is ranked 1870, and Gabrielle is ranked 2230, Richand has yet to acquire a rank.
Report on the conference attended in Trinidad by coaches and executive members
St. Vincent and the Grenadines was represented at the 3rd Caribbean Regional Coaches Conference hosted by Trinidad – TennisTT on the 19th -21st of September, 2018, by three members of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tennis Association and three Level 1 coaches. Two of the attendees were sponsored by the National Olympic Committee in St. Vincent, while one coach, Kevin Huggins was given a grant by the International Tennis Federation.
This conference was aimed at getting all the coaches in the Caribbean together to discuss tennis: for example, matters relating to Caribbean tennis and how coaches can get more persons to start and remain in tennis, sharing new ways/techniques to help players improve their game and new strategies to improve the mental strength of our tennis athletes. This conference also highlighted what the other countries are doing in tennis and the different tournaments they are a part of, whilst give the listening coaches and well-wishers some advice on what to do and not to do.
Moreover, information was shared on how to deal with female tennis players in a more effective way to ensure that they are encouraged to stay in the sport and reach great or greater heights as the boys in the region.
There were presenters from different parts of the world, such as Barbados, Canada, Great Britain, Grenada, Suriname, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S.A.
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