Former Totally Tennis Performance player Stephanie Catlin has joined the Totally Tennis coaching team. Catlin who has a Sports and Exercise Science and Communication degree will be available for coaching every Thursday at the indoor centre.
After completing her studies at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) as of part of a four tennis scholarship Catlin returned to the UK and studied for her Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. She started playing at the club from a young age first in junior squads before quickly progressing into the performance programme, she played as part of the successful Brighton Hill Community College tennis team and also represented Queen Marys College in the Ladies and Mixed teams.
During her time at the club she achieved many great things including winning many singles and doubles titles, represented Hampshire in various county team events, including winning the county Road to Wimbledon singles title and going on to represent the club and county at Wimbledon in the Nationals finals. Along with doubles partner and now fellow coach Ben Jubin, she was part of the victorious QMC team that won the Senior Schools National Mixed Doubles Championships. While at university in America she captained the UNC Bears Women’s Tennis team in her senior year and was a key member of the women’s Oxford Brookes university 1st team that won the BUCS Midland league.
Catlin brings her extensive playing and match experience as well as her fitness and nutrition knowledge to the club, we sat down with Steph and asked her a few questions about her tennis career and her return to Totally Tennis as a coach……
When did you start playing tennis and where?
At the grand old age of 8, at Totally Tennis… little did I know it would become my childhood’s second home ☺
What’s your greatest tennis achievement so far?
Obtaining a 4-year tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA. It still makes my heart skip a beat talking about it 3 years on, because it was the most incredible, fun, life changing experience. If you ever wonder what it feels like to be treated like royalty, just go to the USA on a tennis scholarship ☺
What do you enjoy most about the sport?
Playing doubles. The passion and intensity during a game of doubles is a completely different vibe to singles. If and when you find a partner that you just ‘click’ with on court, it’s a beautiful form of art. I was lucky enough to experience that in my tennis career!
Who inspired you most in the game?
Serena Williams, without a doubt, On court she somehow makes top players in the world look like semi-pros. Off court she is an excellent role model with not only a great personality, but has a great attitude towards life. Her passion and drive to achieve greatness regardless of all the haters out there is very inspiring to me.
How did you find the transition from player to coach?
Relatively easy to be honest, and there is one key reason for that. I grew up playing at TT with quality coaching. Being surrounded by that daily it was engrained into me from a young age how to work with players of all different ages, genders and abilities, and to be successful by treating each player as an individual.
What made you take up a career in sports nutrition?
When in the USA we would train twice a day, 6 or 7 days a week, depending on our match schedule. Along with that I completely dove into American eating habits, I ate A LOT of food!! I thought it was okay because of all the exercise I did. On my return to the UK I stopped exercising and cleaned up my diet… the positive impact it had on both my mind and body was insane! Since going though my own transformation, I couldn’t stop reading and researching anything and everything to do with food and nutrition. It sounds cheesy I know, but I look back now and I know nutrition and helping others was my calling in life! ☺
What is your favourite part about being a nutritionist?
Of course I love helping people improve their body physically as that’s what most people come to me for. But for me as their nutrition coach, I love seeing improvements in other areas of their lives. Energy levels soar through the roof, improvements in sleep quality and a better handle on dealing with stress. Feeling physically stronger, better focus and productivity at work, and generally finding happiness and content from within. THAT is what good nutrition does, and that’s what it’s all about for me ☺
What do you hope to achieve coaching at Totally Tennis?
I want to inspire. It’s about everyone working as a team and creating an environment that is motivating, hard working and of course, fun. I want to get more adults into playing tennis and I want to make sure the up and coming youngsters know of the fantastic opportunities out there for them in tennis. Genuinely, I hope to give something back to a sport that has moulded me into the person I am today!
For coaching enquiries please contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk
For nutrition enquiries please contact Steph via her website www.foodislifeuk.com or on her social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram