New coach Raju takes over at tennis academy
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FRED Munckton's death in December left a large gap to fill on the Gladstone region tennis scene.
However, his widow Therese is confident Raju Jubbal is the man to do his job.
Raju, 39, arrived in Gladstone this week with his partner Jennifer Roberts, and will take over the coaching rounds formerly conducted by Munckton's Gladstone Tennis Academy banner.
Raju will also continue with the junior tournaments made popular by Munckton for children from throughout the Gladstone district.
Therese had vowed to her husband she would find a replacement to work with his students and has delivered on her promise.
Since 1989, Raju has coached on three continents, including his Indian homeland where he had established himself as a state and national representative player.
After getting his start in coaching, Raju moved to Australia in 1990 to study for his coaching certificate in Sydney.
Since then he has served as a head coach in Launceston, Tasmania, and completed regional development co-ordinator and coaching roles based in Geraldton, Western Australia and Mt Isa. He has also coached in the US.
Having trained with a number of high-level coaches throughout his career, Raju said he had gained many insights into the sport.
'I look forward to passing my knowledge on to the children,' Raju said. 'I'm also a registered fitness instructor so I'll be introducing more fitness work to the elite players...the ones who want to go further to regional and state level or even higher.'
Raju will work with students from Yarwun, Calliope, Benaraby and Bororen schools as well as conduct tournaments at Chanel College on Saturday mornings.
He said he was also available for private lessons and could cater for adult and junior students of all ages and abilities.
Therese Munckton is more than pleased Raju is taking over Fred's former rounds.
A sign-on for coaching and fixtures will be at Chanel College today from 8am until late afternoon. Inquiries: Raju Jubbal 4978 1498 or 0437 634 007.