Simon reaches his hundredth win

Simon reaches his hundredth win

Simon reaches his hundredth win

Congratulations to our Premier Men’s player Simon Mooney on achieving his hundredth win in Premier Interclub recently.
“Moons” has had a long career in the sport, playing for a number of clubs along the road to his milestone and has represented every one of them with the same fierce competitive determination.
Waimairi is very proud of Simon’s achievement as I am sure those of you in the wider Tennis community are.
Well done Moons.

Road to the Hundred:

I grew up with a father who was a very well-known and accomplished tennis player and coach here in Canterbury so was never far away from a tennis court. I spent the junior years at Edgeware Tennis Club making my Senior Men’s (Premier) debut around the age of 13, although that was more out of necessity than down to my actual ability…


I was very fortunate throughout my junior career to work with some very experienced coaches including most of all my father, as well as spending a number of years training under the tutelage of Waimairi’s very own Stu Chalmers.


My junior career included winning every age group title for the Canterbury champs (both singles and doubles) from under 8’s through to 18’s, while going on to represent New Zealand at the under 14 World Youth Cup qualifying tournament played in Hong Kong, as well as the under 16’s International Club competition against Australia. At a senior level I was involved in two winning teams for Canterbury at the national teams events.


Playing tennis growing up was a wonderful opportunity to travel around spending most holidays playing tournaments and national events up and down the country, whilst making some great friends in the process. Added into this was a couple of seasons, firstly when I was 16 and then again at 21 years old, playing on the clay courts in Germany. This was another amazing experience and opportunity to challenge myself with my tennis, while gaining some fantastic life experiences which will stay with me forever.


Another aspect I always enjoyed about tennis was helping young kids develop their tennis skills and love for the game which I spent the best part of 10 years doing as a coach at both Edgeware and Elmwood Tennis Clubs.


While I always tried to stay loyal to any club I played for over the years, that loyalty has now been shared around a number of different clubs here in Canterbury, as well as a season spent playing Caro Bowl in Auckland. I was fortunate to be part of some successful teams winning the premier competition over 3-4 years for Fendalton (Burnside Park), with a couple more premier titles won playing for Elmwood. I also spent a couple of seasons playing with Canterbury Country and Hagley just to throw some more clubs into the mix.

I stopped playing competitive tennis by the age of 30 having started a career with the New Zealand Police and family commitments, by which time I was aware I had racked up somewhere in the vicinity of 90 singles wins in the Premier competition.


After a couple of seasons making an attempted comeback (that had about as much success as Michael Jordan taking up baseball…) with my eldest son Angus now in his second season of interclub at Waimairi I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to play premier tennis again this season, which culminated on Saturday in ticking off my 100th singles win in Canterbury Premier tennis competition during our semi final loss to Cashmere.


I have really appreciated the great support of the Waimairi Club in helping me with that achievement and here’s to a few more wins getting added to that list when we take back the title next season.







Premier Women win title

Premier Women win title

Premier Women win title

Congratulations to our Women’s Premier Team who won the Canterbury Tennis Premier Competition on Saturday 20 March. For the third year in a row, Waimairi faced Te Kura Hagley Park (TKHP) in the final, and yet again proved too strong, winning comfortably 5 matches to 1.
Waimairi’s doubles combinations, Joelene and Jade Feneon in the top doubles, and Farrah Richards and Kerrie Ling in the bottom, showed the benefit of experienced and established doubles play to gain the 2-0 lead and set the team up for the win.
Congratulations then to the squad- Joelene Feneon (Captain), Jade Feneon, Farrah Richards, Kerrie Ling (pictured left to right) and Fiona Paton, Sophie White and Michal Matson.
Waimairi tennis Club Premier womens team

Waimairi tennis Club Premier womens team

Our Clubrooms are for hire

Our Clubrooms are for hire

Our Clubrooms are for hire


Our clubrooms are available for hire



With a maximum capacity of 60 people there are a number of chairs and tables, heating by wall-panel heater and a fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave oven and dishwasher.





We have a licensed bar covered by special licence ($63.25, by club application) and any function requiring alcohol would have to be managed by our club manager or committee member for a fee of $20/hr. There is no BYO.


Hire charge ( $150 plus GST per function) includes use of our kitchenware, glassware, and a cleaning fee.



The refundable bond of $200 would cover extra cleaning, carpet clean, and glassware breakage.


For further information, contact Graeme Campbell, our club manager


Welcome to Shari and Graeme

Welcome to Shari and Graeme

Welcome to Shari and Graeme

New members of our management team.


Club Manager – Graeme Campbell

Graeme has been appointed to a newly created role of Club Manager responsible for membership, marketing, sponsorship, grants, facility hire, coach contracts,tournaments, and daily and monthly accounting duties.

He comes to us with an impressive resume in sports management and development,having completed his Batchelor of Sports Education at Otago University, followed by eight years as Head of Sports at St Bede’s College, and then ten years as Sports Coordinator at Lincoln College.

Graeme was a member of our club as a junior and played in junior competition teams.


Junior Administrator – Shari Hoskins

Shari was also a junior member and competition team player at Waimairi in her younger years.

In her professional life she practiced in Veterinary Science, and has managed a large veterinary practice in Dubai.

She and her family are now members at Waimairi after returning from 17 years abroad.

She has two children in junior competition teams and has experience as a parent team manager

and supervisor.

Her responsibilities will encompass junior membership, junior teams and tournaments.


Graeme and Shari with work alongside our Head Coach Stu Chalmers, and their appointments

complete our management team.

Adult Coaching programmes: Enrol for 2021

Adult Coaching programmes: Enrol for 2021

Adult Coaching programmes: Enrol for 2021

Hi Members & a very Happy New Year to you & your families.

Our popular Adult programs of Xpress & Cardio will recommence early February for 8 weekly sessions. Our Xpress class has only 1 space left already, but we will expand it if there is the need, so why not invite a friend along to join in with you?

To register, please click on the appropriate link at the end of each description:

Cardio Tennis is a fun, social, group tennis-fitness program for people of all ages and abilities. It is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout.

In a 60-minute Cardio Tennis workout, women can burn up to 500 calories per workout and men up to 800. If you do regular Cardio Tennis workouts, you’ll feel better and your hand-eye coordination, tennis skill and fitness level will also benefit.
Participants wear heart rate monitors, exercise to music, use Cardio Tennis balls and a variety of equipment, including agility ladders. The workout is comprised of a warm-up, cardio segment (drill-based and play-based activities) and a cool down.
Other key elements include:

  • Participants consistently elevate their heart rates into their aerobic training zone.
  • Participants can burn more calories than singles or doubles tennis.
  • Cardio Tennis is similar to interval training which is periods of high intensity followed by short periods of rest. Interval training is the best way to train for optimal health and fitness.

While participants are playing tennis, their focus is primarily on getting a great workout
The best thing about Cardio Tennis is that you do not have to be good at tennis to get involved. In fact, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never played before. Register here



Tennis Xpress is a worldwide ITF programme catering for beginner adults taking a ‘serve, rally, score’ approach to learning. The programme is a fun, innovative way of teaching tennis which removes many of the barriers associated with learning the sport.
Using low-pressure balls, and focusing on playing the game, adults build confidence as they receive simple technical and tactical advice adapted for each player’s needs.
The aim is to get people playing the game quickly by using lower pressure balls, flexible court sizes, simple scoring and simple technical teaching, all which promote a successful learning environment where players gain confidence, skills, and have fun as they serve, rally and score!

So what will Tennis Xpress do for me?
– Teach you a new skill

– Show you how to serve, rally and score in just 6 weeks

– By the end of the course you will be able to have fun playing games or matches with your friends and family or other people you have met on the course

– Build confidence by using slower balls that make playing the game easier and more fun

– Give you a great workout while having fun with your friends and meeting new people

– Teach simple tactics and techniques that are adapted to your needs. ​Register here