My name is Gabriel Yap and growing up, I was always involved in sports such as Soccer, Hockey, Softball and Basketball. In my senior years of schooling, I would play “racquet” sports like Table Tennis, Badminton and Tennis. When I was 9 years old, my brother introduced Tennis to me as he wanted someone to practice with. We would train in New Lynn Tennis Club and play on the free courts for many hours every day.
My older brother would teach me and would often tell me to watch Tennis tournaments such as the major Grand Slam tournaments with him. I would also watch technique analysis videos and practice swinging in the backyard. 12 years of playing Tennis with a passion for coaching led me to KiwiTennis
My fondest memory would be the first time coaching tennis. I was a senior in high school, trying to coach my friends who wanted a decent grade for their Year 11 Physical Education Class. 8 people including an international student needed my help for the class and I would offer my time during lunch break and after school to teach them tennis. I found out how much I love to coach, the more I taught them.
My occupation before KiwiTennis was a full-time student at the University of Auckland for Bachelor of Health, Sports and Physical Education (2019-2020) and an AFL coach for AFL New Zealand. I would learn the theoretical side of coaching through university, as well as vocalize the practical side through AFL New Zealand. I’ve taught in primary schools and high schools and can teach all ages. I am striving to complete my ITF Level 1 certification by the end of 2021.
Going forward, I want to work towards club-centered coaching and intermediate to high-level private coaching.