Global Team

elliot le petit

Head Coach

  • Tennis Northern's Club Coach of the Year 2022/23
  • Former US Collegiate Tennis player
  • Graduated from University of Charleston, West Virginia with BSc in Business Administration
  • Coaching experience in the US, UK and NZ
  • Chelsea Cup and Caro Bowl teams
  • Travels to tournaments to perform match analysis 
  • Goal Setting and reflection 
  • Video analysis

Elliot's connection with Browns Bay Racquets Club dates back to before he headed to the United States on a tennis scholarship, where he competed in NCAA Division 1 across the eastern side of the US for three years. During his high-school years he represented BBRC Chelsea Cup team at both junior and senior levels. Upon his return to Auckland he pursued his passion as a full-time professional tennis coach and was delighted to return to the club as BBRC Head Coach in 2021.

During his time coaching in England and Philadelphia, Elliot prepared juniors to compete in ITF-level events. 

Elliot's coaching philosophy revolves around helping each player strive to reach their best through reflection, goal setting and setting realistic standards that will guarantee each player success within the sport. These standards and expectations are gone over in great detail with each player, self-belief in one's own ability being a core component that Elliot plans to draw out of every player he coaches. He developed a successful coaching style that focuses on working alongside each player, sharing with them the energy and skills needed to play at their personal highest level to achieve their full potential, all while ensuring that they enjoy and make the most of their talents – whatever their level, age or previous experience. He is keen to share his passion for the game and help tennis at BBRC grow and flourish and welcomes all players to join the Tennis Global programmes.

Qualifications

- Elliot has a ITF Level 1 and is currently signed up to complete the ITF level 2 course, expected to graduate 2024.

- NZ High Performance Workshop 2023

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Cameron Haswell

Senior Club Coach

  • 5 years' UK coaching experience
  • Master's in Sport and Health Science from University of Exeter
  • PhD student, Health Sciences, Massey University
  • Browns Bay Club Captain
  • Chelsea Cup team

Cameron took up the role of Senior Club Coach at BBRC in 2021. After obtaining his Master's degree in Sport and Health Science in the UK, he came to New Zealand to complete a PhD in Health Sciences. His background in sports science and health has provided Cameron with a strong understanding of the biomechanics of human movement and performance analysis, which he then applies to his coaching to improve technique, movement and tactics. Furthermore, Cameron's PhD studies into diabetes have given him a greater focus on public health, making him an avid supporter of exercise to improve health outcomes at all ages. As a researcher, Cameron believes his own coaching development never stops, and that the coach-player relationship should include bouncing of ideas to engage the player in the learning process, aiding their understanding of tactics and technique.

A big believer in multisport for all ages, Cameron actively competes in tennis, hockey, badminton, squash and table tennis. His understanding of these sports allows him to tackle the challenges of switching between sports with his players, and to transfer ideas and knowledge in a relatable manner. Cameron's coaching style is very player focused, allowing them to dictate the areas they wish to develop, with his role being to facilitate their learning and growth in a fun environment to maximise their potential, whatever their goals.

Cameron has a keen interest in developing players of all ages and abilities and is enthusiastic about increasing participation in tennis in Browns Bay and beyond.




BEN HOLMES

Senior Club Coach

  • Former US Collegiate Tennis player
  • Freshman of the Year honors 
  • All Freshman first team
  • All Conference first team for Appalachian Athletic Conference
  • Finished the season on 11-0 win streak
  • One of the top North Harbour and Auckland age group juniors
  • NZ top 15 nationally ranked player in all junior age groups

Tennis has always been a passion for Ben ever since picking up a racquet the age of 4 years old playing with parents and his sister. 

 In juniors Ben would win multiple North Harbour and Auckland age group championships which led him to become a top 15 nationally ranked player in all age groups reaching a top rank of 12 in the country in 12u age group. Ben was a member of the Westlake Boys premier tennis team playing at the 1 & 2 position and also the top doubles pairing. Through this time Ben starting coaching as a junior at his home club Mairangi Bay helping younger players improve their games. 

Earning a Tennis scholarship to Bluefield College in Virginia, USA, Ben had a great first season. He earned Freshman of the year honours, All Freshman first team and All conference first team for the Appalachian Athletic Conference along with finishing the season on a 11-0 win streak. 

 Since returning from the States, Ben has been both club coaching and coaching at Kings Prep. He loves helping players hone their skills either at the beginner level, giving them the tools to build foundations to become great tennis players, or at more advanced levels trying to improve and compete at competitive levels... and anywhere in between.




lauren pomfrett

Development Coach

  • Competing in Senior interclub for Browns Bay
  • Member of Cygnet, exclusive high-performance programme for top athletes at Westlake Girls High School.
  • Tournament player and completed in top Junior and Senior teams for school

Lauren found her love of tennis at age 6, starting out small by participating in weekly group coaching, hitting big red balls over the mini nets, before progressing to a competitive level and now representing Browns Bay in a wide range of senior teams.

Lauren started her coaching journey by assisting with Junior Club Night in 2020 and was supported by Tennis Global to develop her coaching skills. She has experience in coaching children from 4 years up, as well as Beginner Adults groups and Club Nights. She is described as incredibly patient, friendly, encouraging, positive, understanding and compassionate. Lauren values teaching the foundations of tennis, getting to know the children, and creating a fun environment with engaging games and stimulating activities. She considers herself privileged to be entrusted with helping children grow as players.