Like many New Zealand kids in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I spent every waking hour I could playing padder tennis at school. After school and on the weekends I played tennis against my brothers and their friends. Through daily practice and a strong will to win, I entered into tournaments and earned myself a national Under 12 tennis singles ranking of # 2 in New Zealand behind one of New Zealand’s most successful tennis professionals ever, Brett Steven. Brett and I then teamed up to win four consecutive 14’s and 16’s junior national doubles titles together. After finishing high school, a ten year overseas journey took me to the States on a university tennis scholarship. After the States, I wanted to go pro but the European clay courters were to strong for this kiwi serve volleyer so I transitioned comfortably into the European semi pro lifestyle working at a club in Germany. Fast forward 20 years, I have returned to Wellington, New Zealand where it all started for me on the padder tennis courts.