Former Nova Scotia Tennis Player wins TPA National Tennis Excellence Award

The TPA Excellence Awards were presented at the annual TPA national coaching conference on March 2nd at Toronto’s Aviva National Tennis Centre. Eric Knoester, former New Glasgow Westside Community Centre tennis player presently living in Victoria, British Columbia was this year’s recipient of the TPA Club Professional Excellence Award.

Knoester was one of several who were honored for their service to the sport of tennis.

Each year under his leadership as Racquet Sports Coordinator at Victoria’s Panorama Recreation Centre, Panorama hosts a $15,000 International women’s tennis event and as well as the Victoria International Junior ITF event which last year featured 90 juniors from 9 different countries. This coming year in 2017, Panorama will be hosting a third ITF event in conjunction with Tennis Canada.

Knoester has been working at Panorama in the capacity of Racquet Sports Coordinator for the past 21 years. In addition his time in Victoria, he has coached tennis in fourteen countries around the world all starting from the beginning of playing tennis on the Westside Community Centre tennis Courts in New Glasgow.

Knoester commented, “It was because of the opportunity to learn the sport on the Westside Tennis Courts in New Glasgow and the efforts of Bob Piers as Provincial Coach forty years ago that all this happened– the coaching Internationally and directing programs in Victoria for the last 25 years. The Westside and those morning tennis battles with my brother has allowed me to travel the world and enjoy the sport for a lifetime.”

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