Outback tennis coach Jarron Kretschmann unfazed by weekly 1000km round trip to boost game in Gascoyne

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Jarron Kretschmann, in bush hat, with coaches and tennis students at Tarcoola Park Tennis Club in Geraldton before leaving for the 1000km round trip to Carnarvon.
Camera IconJarron Kretschmann, in bush hat, with coaches and tennis students at Tarcoola Park Tennis Club in Geraldton before leaving for the 1000km round trip to Carnarvon. Credit: Reuben Carder/Geraldton Guardian

Tennis in the Gascoyne is on the up and up.

That’s if Jarron Kretschmann — one of the busiest tennis coaches around — has anything to do with it.

The Carnarvon Tennis Club president says the club are introducing new initiatives to help participation, while he is making the 1000km round trip between Geraldton and Carnarvon weekly to coach Carnarvon juniors.

“Increasing participation is the main focus,” Kretschmann said Monday.

“We’re updating the social tennis options that are available (at the club), for adults and juniors.

“We’re talking about trying to get some Gascoyne players down to Country Champs.

“We are trying to create more opportunities for people to play.

“We normally run a Thursday night drop-in social event, and we are going to look at maybe another day on the schedule to give people options.”

He said online bookings and memberships would be going live soon to streamline court use.

Kretschmann — who travels thousands of kilometres to remote Indigenous communities and the northern edges of WA, and also has operations in Palmerston, NT — is delivering four weeks of junior coaching at the tennis club and also running sessions at Carnarvon Community College, which has the program every term.

He said a storm had come through on Sunday and washed everything out during a coaching session.

But he was able to make up the session before jumping in the car to head back to Tarcoola Park.

Just another day in the life of an Outback tennis coach.

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