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Tennis Coach Shares his Passion

ONE lesson on a northern beaches court as an eight-year-old was all it took for Joel Goodwin to be hooked on

ONE lesson on a northern beaches court as an eight-year-old was all it took for Joel Goodwin to be hooked on tennis.

The 37-year-old, who is the latest Local Sports Star nominee in the Service to Sport category, is now a full-time coach, well known across the peninsula.

He recalled how his passion for the sport started from a young age.

“I remember it well, I couldn’t get enough,’’ the Elanora Heights resident said.

“In my mid teens I started coaching a fair bit to raise money to play in tournaments overseas.

“Once I finished my HSC I started full-time and haven’t stopped.”

Goodwin was a promising junior, and had aspirations to play professionally.

So the transition to mentoring others was an easy one.

“Everyday I’m doing something I love. You can’t ask for much more than that,’’ he said.

Goodwin has been Northern Beaches Tennis Association president since 2015.

He also enjoys a longstanding positive rapport with Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW.

This is the last chance to enter the Local Sports Star awards. Go to: www.localsportsstars.com.au for details.

Picture: Damian Shaw.