Colin Thompson, Tennis

What sport do you coach?

Tennis

Why did you start coaching?

I used to be a professional tennis player. When I turned thirty, I realised that I wasn’t going to move any further forward professionally. That’s when I decided to share the knowledge and skills that I gained during my tennis career with others as a coach. In particular, I wanted to work with young athletes in the Mid West region.

What sport do you play?

Since I was little kid, I played tennis. I still remember my first tennis racquet. I also played a lot of footy (AFL) - as you do in Australia.

Today, I still play tennis.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2014 Tennis Australia Certified and Coach Member 
  • 2014 Mid West Academy of Sport / Coaching Effectiveness Program Coach
  • 2014 Tennis Australia Community Play Coordinator
  • 2013-2015 Working With Children Consent
  • 2011 - 2014 Tennis Australia Cardio Tennis Coach
  • 2009 - 2014 Tennis Australia facilitator for the ANZ Hot Shots Coaching Course
  • 2008 - 2014 ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Instructor
  • 2007 - 2014 Tennis West Regional Academy Coach / DSR Talent Development Program
  • 2006/2011/2013 Tennis Australia Grand Slam Tennis Coaches Conference Melbourne, Coaching Seminars in Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Perth

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Three words that best describe you

Encouraging, patient, disciplined (and articulate - I reckon this is quite important, as tennis is a quite technical sport.

If you were an animal, what would you like to be?

Honey badger – it’s strong and persistent. They are uneasy to frighten.

Athletic career achievements

  • 2005 - Wimbledon doubles Champion
  • 2000 - Colin played the France ranking tournament system.
  • 1998 – 2000 - Colin played on the ATP tour
  • Career high Singles ranking of 57 ATP
  • Career high Doubles ranking of 8 ATP
  • A hitting partner for Jane Chi, U.S.A
  • Career high Singles ranking of 56 WTA
  • 1998 – 2000 – the winner of the Big West NCAA Conference Championships
  • 1998 – 2000 – a hitting partner for Wesley Moodie, South Africa
  • 1998 - 18's Singles ranked 2nd in Western Australia and ranked 36th in Australia
  • 1996 - member of the McDonalds W.A State junior squad Midland Lawn Tennis Club and Sorrento Tennis Club pennant competitions
  • 1994-1997 - Colin obtained a Tennis scholarship for NCAA Division 1 College Tennis in the U.S.A. at Boise State

Coaching achievements

  • 2014 - Nomination for the Geraldton Guardian Sports Star of the Year Award - Category of Coach of the Year 
  • 2014 - 2019 Regional Championship Titles, six times Runner Up Placing and 4 third place Finishes
  • 2014 - 2020 Mid West Zone / Batavia Tennis Coaching Players achieving an Australian National Ranking
  • 2014 - Longest serving 'Tennis Development Officer' in Mid West Zone History 2007 - 2014
  • 2014 - First coach in Mid West Zone History to win 'back to back' WA Cardio Tennis Coach of the Year Award
  • 2013 - First Coach to win WA Cardio Tennis Coach of the Year Award
  • 2013 - Western Australia Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 2008/2009/2012 - Mid West Sports Federation Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 2010 - 1st Mid West Zone Coach to win the WA Hot Shots Participation Coach of the Year Award
  • 2010 - 1st Coach in Mid West Zone history to be selected as the WA Regional State Coach. WA finished 3rd in National Championships held in Sydney
  • 2010 - Tennis West Regional State coach, Western Australia

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  • Sasha Chaulk – I’ve been coaching him for ten years! He’s made it to the National Tennis ranking
  • Josh Carter – I’ve been coaching him for a several years now. He’s been selected for Regional State Team.

Do you have a sports idol?

I strongly admire basketball legend, Michael Jordan. He’s gifted, strong, competitive and hard-working.

I also like Roger Federer, the greatest tennis player of all time. I love his speed and awesome style of play with high-accuracy shot making.

What sort of work you do?

  • Sun Smart Tennis Development Officer
  • Tennis Coach for West-Midwest Zone
  • Manager of Batavia Tennis Coaching and Tennis Australia’s Talent Development
  • D Coach
  • Midwest Academy of Sport Coaching Program Effectiveness Coach

What are your hobbies?

When time permits, I like to play football.

I’ve got family so, whenever I’m free, we’ll go to the beach and chill out. I like this time as it allows me to re-energise and free my mind from work.

What advice would you give to an aspiring young athlete?

Have fun first, and work hard -- which will bring results.

Any other comments

Early in December 2016, I’m taking a few young athletes to spend some time in an international Tennis camp in Bunbury. I’m very excited about this particular camp as there will be a former Australian Rules football player; tennis player, coach and commentator, Roger Rasheed. He used to coach many great tennis players including Roger Federer.