Salt Spring Tennis Coaching
The Salt Spring Tennis Association works exclusively with the following qualified professional coaches:
Four highly trained professional coaches provide extensive tennis instruction at SSTA for all levels and ages. They offer regular scheduled drill sessions and group instruction as well as individual sessions.
Regularly scheduled coaching time slots can be viewed in the Booking section.
Peter Schelling and Marjorie Blackwood have taught tennis and run club programs around BC for over 30 years. They moved full time to Salt Spring Island in 2016, and have been building the game of tennis up at the Salt Spring Tennis Centre Indoor courts and Portlock Park. Darran Wrighton has taught extensively in England, Australia and Oceania. He has a strong coaching background and a love of building community tennis at all levels and ages. Heather Tasker-Brown is a certified Club Professional with unique training as a Tennis Performance Specialist. She has ranked top 10 in Canada in both senior singles and doubles.
Marjorie is a former Top 50 WTA player, 3-time Canadian Champion, 2-time quarter-finalist Wimbledon doubles, 13 professional tournament title holder, & Former Manager/Director Whistler Racquet Club. For information on private and group lessons and rates for adults and juniors, contact Marjorie at [email protected] or 604-905-9327. Email is preferable.
Peter is a 2-Time National Masters Doubles Champion, Director of Tennis 1994-2009 Whistler Racquet Club, and has coached players of all levels for over 25 years. He can be reached at [email protected] or 604-698-6506.
Darran is originally from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom and has been a qualified tennis coach for over 25 years. He is a current member of the TPA of Tennis Canada and is a certified as a Club Pro 2.
Darran aslo holds certifications from the LTA and RPT and is a Tennis Australia Master Club Professional.
He has also worked extensively in facility management, grass roots programming for all ages and levels, and for the International Tennis Federation as a Development Officer for the Pacific Oceania Region.
Darran can be reached for lesson enquiries at [email protected]
You can see regular updates about the coaching program by following this link:
Heather has 17 years of coaching experience and is a certified Club Professional 1 with Tennis Canada. As the only Certified Tennis Performance Specialist in British Columbia, a designation she earned through the ITPA, Heather can train all aspects of tennis performance, on and off the court. Twenty years of experience as a counsellor with youth and adults combined with her coaching experience and performance training enables her to work with the technical, tactical, physical and mental sides of tennis. Heather has been ranked in the top 10 in Canada in Seniors Tennis in both singles and doubles. She continues to compete with the goal of competing at the Senior Worlds as part of the Canadian Team.