I first got involved with Philpott in 2005 when I joined the Cabbagetown camp at 11 years of age. I was not interested at first in starting a new sport as my mother had signed me up for the camp but after a few lessons I was hooked. I went to the camp for another two years and then I became a volunteer at the Cabbagetown site. I volunteered from 2008 to 2009. I then became an assistant coach at the McGregor site in 2010. I also worked as an assistant instructor at the Cabbagetown site and John Innes site in the following years. I am currently a head coach at the John Innes site.
My best memory being a camper was receiving my own tennis racket at the time. This was very special to me as I used the racket to play on my own time outside the camp and really develop an interest for tennis. Kevin McLoughlin was the head coach at the Cabbagetown site when I was a camper and volunteer. He taught me a lot about tennis and really helped prepare me to become an assistant coach. Some of my memorable teaching moments include watching the kids develop their fitness, skills, and then the ability to play a game of tennis. It is a lot of fun to join in and actually play with the kids and show them what tennis is all about.
The Philpott organization has had a major impact throughout my life, as a kid and now as a young adult. They introduced me to the great sport of tennis and have provided me with many great opportunities such as working as a coach. They have given me the chance to give back to the community with all the skills and important lessons I learnt as a camper. I look forward to continue to work with the Philpott organization and to be a positive impact on the children I teach.