Peta, Steve and Adrian now oversee the day to day runnings of the venue which provides a tennis lifestyle like no other. With a lifetime of coaching experience between them, the club boasts a wealth of coaching programs for 3 year olds to the elderly, social tennis and competition play at every level, midweek ladies and evening tennis, group fitness and personal training, all set in a relaxed, resort style setting, along nesselled into the Surfers Paradise Golf Course. You’ll also see our up coming juniors helping with our day today operations below.
Pete’s love for tennis started in 2003 shortly after meeting her now husband Steve Starr on the Gold Coast. In 2004, they moved to Hervey Bay to relaunch her husbands business AllStarr Tennis, where she took over the managerial and admin role of the business. After developing a real passion for the sport and wanting to spend more time on court, Pete gained her Tennis Australia qualifications and began promoting HotShots tennis from local schools and taking regular mid week beginner to intermediate junior coaching (red, orange and green ballers). Pete also ran the Junior Development Fundraising program along with junior and adult fixtures. In 2013, Pete became an official Cardio Tennis provider and later obtained her cert 3 and cert 4 in fitness becoming a Personal Trainer, taking her cardio tennis sessions to a whole new level. Pete now offers one on one and group personal training, is the manager and lesson coordinator for the Surfer Paradise Tennis Club, runs all aspects of administration and can make you a killer coffee in our kiosk which also serves snacks.
Steve is a Tennis Australia certified Club Professional with over 26 years coaching experience. Steve is an official HotShots deliverer, however specializes in junior development at an intermediate to elite level. In the late 80’s, Steve’s parents built the Starr Tennis Centre, which was the only privately owned and operated centre of its time, on Hope Island. Prior to graduating from TSS in 1991, Steve obtained his coaching qualifications, where he assisted his father with coaching before and after school and learnt all other aspects of running the centre. In 1999 the family sold the center and Steve formed his own coaching business called ‘AllStarr Tennis’ which operated from AllSaints Anglican School until 2004. At this time, he and his then fiancee Pete headed to Hervey Bay where they relaunched AllStarr Tennis, later merging with the Hervey Bay & District Tennis Association and taking over the role of Resident Professionals for the center. In 2011 Steve swapped his coaches hat for a miners helmet and moved to Mount Isa whilst his wife Pete took over the role of resident tennis professional for the Copper City Tennis Club in Mount Isa (Pat Rafters old club). During this time, Steve continued to coach on his days off. In late 2015 after moving back to the Gold Coast, a business partnership was struck between the couple and Adrian Macintosh, taking over the lease at Ken Rosewall’s old ‘Surfers Fairways Tennis Resort’ and relaunching it as the Surfers Paradise Tennis Club.
Who / what got you started playing tennis and how old were you?
My love for tennis stemmed from watching my sister play when I was little and ever since I have loved the game. I began playing tennis in Prep when I was approximately five or six years’ old. Originally the coaching was close by and it was a way for me to be outside and active but it was only a few years before I started playing to develop my skills and understanding of the game.
What is the most enjoyable part of tennis?
The most enjoyable part of tennis for me is the training where everybody comes to enjoy themselves and work hard to reach the goals they strive for. When you are training in a positive environment like SPTC you can thrive, make new friends and enjoy the sport. I love training because there is nothing better than walking off the court after a fantastic session with your coach.
What do you find most challenging as a player?
The most challenging part about playing tennis for me is maintaining the proper technique and not falling into old habits. Steve and Peta have been working with me to fix this part of my game and increase my fitness levels so I can play to the best of my ability.
What part of being a coach or assistant do you find most rewarding?
Watching the kids’ technique develop and their game progress is the most rewarding part of coaching because you can see them improve over time. I love this aspect because not only do you meet new people, you form new friendships and you can see the kids flourish through the encouragement you give them.
What do you enjoy most here at the Surfers Paradise Tennis Club?
The thing I enjoy most enjoy about the Surfers Paradise Tennis Centre is the atmosphere created by the fantastic staff and wonderful players you see there every afternoon. I look forward to playing at SPTC because I know I am going to have a great time and meet many more wonderful people.