I started tennis at 14 and got to a 5.1 rating, mainly playing club doubles winning the Division 1 Bolton League, Mens, Mixed and Winter League. I began coaching at 16 and went on to get my Bsc (Hons) in Sports Coaching from Leeds Met University. I worked at Virgin Active before becoming Head Coach at Holcombe Brook Sports Club which is where I am based now. I also ran competitions alongside this gaining my R3 qualification and being awarded Lancashire 2017 Competition Organiser of the year and Lancashire 2018 Coach of the year.
I started running matchplays at David Lloyd before moving to Virgin Active. Here I introduced and developed a competition programme from nothing, to eventually having matchplays for players rated 10.2-3.1, running three week-long Grade 4 events with entries close to 200 players, numerous county tours and a Grade 3 event (The North of England Championships). I still run the competition programme here (now David Lloyd North Manchester) as well as at Holcombe Brook and LTA events, most recently the 12U County Cup.
I would like to think I am relaxed and approachable as a referee and I see the job as creating an enjoyable environment for everyone. I really enjoy the mini events as it is great to see the younger children competing and making new friends through tennis.
It was a big honour to be asked to be part of this group, being a part of it helped me prepare for and pass my R3 exam. I also gained a lot of confidence and clarity on my refereeing so I could better goal set and be selected for events such as the County Cup and become a better referee.
Currently the highest level of competition I have run is 12U County Cup. My aim is to work at a higher level such as junior internationals. I hope to be able to focus more on my refereeing over winter especially and gain my R2 so I can work at higher level competitions.
I would have to say Roger Federer is my favourite player and the ATP World Tour Finals is my favourite event. I was lucky enough to see Federer play live twice and once in the ATP World Tour Final - he just makes tennis look effortless
I am looking forward to seeing some great tennis, County week is always fun and has a great atmosphere. I always looked forward to playing in the Lancashire County week when I was younger and I am excited to be part of the Welsh Championships this year. I have not learnt any welsh yet but I will hopefully pick some up during the course of the week!
My best moments have to be seeing a child win their first tournament and the excitement they get from it. I haven’t had too many bad moments but I would have to say the funniest/bad moment was when we had a leak inside and the court flooded so we actually had a rain delay on an indoor court!