Tennis Talk – January 2020

The UBC Tennis Centre is thrilled to announce Pete Grimsey as the new High Performance Director!

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Grimsey played at the national level as a junior before moving to the U.S. to compete in NCAA Division II tennis at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Grimsey reached a career high national singles ranking of #27 and began his coaching career in Kansas City and New York.

For the past 11 years, Grimsey worked at Hollyburn Country Club developing the U10-U18 High Performance Program, which produced some of BC’s top junior players, and has assisted with player selection and training for Tennis BC Provincial Training Camps for over five years.

Grimsey has traveled several times with the top U16 provincial players to compete at Canadian Nationals, and has been involved with tours for Tennis BC including the “Little Mo” in California and a Tennis Canada U12 National Camp in Montreal.

Now as the High Performance Director at the UBC Tennis Centre, Grimsey is ready to bring his expertise to the Centre and put his mark on the tennis community.

“I would like to evaluate and identify areas of improvement, then look to build the players’ interest for the sport”, says Grimsey. “By creating a hardworking and positive training environment, I’d love to see more UBC juniors competing in local tournaments and climbing the provincial rankings to qualify for Selection Series and National events.”

The New Zealand native believes in a strong emphasis on work ethic, sportsmanship, respect for others and teamwork.

“I’ve been so fortunate to play this great sport and learn from so many different types of coaches”, says Grimsey. “I hope to pass on this knowledge to as many players as possible. I believe in setting clear standards and goals for players, then guiding and motivating them to reach their aspirations.”

Join us in welcoming Pete – and make sure to say “Hi!” when you see him around the Centre!

By Aneesa Heatherington