Let’s get to know the Vida coaches a bit better. He we have the Head Coach at the Veneto Club, Blake Poyser.
Blake Poyser – Bendigo, Victoria
Vida Venue – Veneto Club, Bulleen
Role – Head Coach
1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket?
4 years old in Queensland.
2.Who influenced you to begin playing?
My older sister and parents, wanted to be better than my older sister.
3.What player did you idolised growing up? Did they influence the way you play?
David Nalbandian and Lleyton Hewitt but then changed to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga as he was more suited to my aggressive game style
4.What person/coach made you love tennis?
Stephen Storer from Bendigo
5.When did Vida come into your life?
When I was 11 years old in Bendigo Vida provided a tennis program and then from there I built a relationship with Kane and Vince and wanted further coaching from them in Melbourne at the Veneto Club.
6.What opportunities has tennis/Vida provided for you?
Being involved in Vida Tennis and Vida Footy coaching program for 4 years as I was studying sports science. This allowed me to financially support myself in making the move to Melbourne from Bendigo. Now it is my livelihood working full-time at the Veneto where I used to train as a player and I am currently completing my level 2 coaching course with Tennis Australia.
7.How has your time at Vida influenced you as a person?
Making tennis enjoyable both on and off court whilst working with other coaches. I had an exceptional experience as a player and I am loving my time at Vida as a tennis coach. I know the importance of building relationships with players and it has installed confidence in myself to work with people and operating a business.
8.Why do you love coaching tennis?
I am passionate about working with people in a sport that I love and in this profession I am able to be active and coach people of all ages and levels. I also love seeing the players improve, and it is amazing how much influence we have on people as sports coaches both on and off-court.
9.How has tennis influenced who you have become?
It has helped me overcome adversity and build resilience from changing my environments and living away from home. It has also taught me how important it is to work effectively in a team setting.
10.Describe Vida in one word?