The vision of the Junior Committee is for tennis to be the summer sport of choice.  Wanganui Tennis Club coach, Jono Spring and Development Officer Carly Chang are working collaboratively with the Junior Committee to make this vision a reality.


Jono Spring

Jono is the Head Coach of the Wanganui Tennis Club and has achieved many successes throughout his tennis playing and coaching career including making the top 6 finals of Tennis NZ club coach of the year on three separate occasions.

After guiding many junior and senior players through their tennis pathways over the years, some have gone on to achieve great heights both as players and coaches themselves.

Jono has a unique perspective on tennis and works hard to create a team environment within a largely individual sport.  Jono believes in creating a support network of coaches who are consistent and well educated in tennis as well as a supportive team of players right through the beginner, social and high-performance levels.

While Jono does a considerable portion of the coaching, he also ensures that the entire coaching team all deliver the same message through familiar coaching techniques to ensure consistency from all coaches.

Kyle Butters


I am the newest addition to Jono’s 24 straight tennis business based at the Whanganui Tennis Club. I was born and raised in Whanganui which is why I am very excited at the opportunity to help Whanganui tennis get back to the top of the central region. The potential for growth in Whanganui is possibly the highest in the country for any tennis club, we are surrounded by great people who all want to help rebuild Whanganui tennis in order to make it thrive at the highest level once again.


For those who don’t know me I have been fortunate enough to represent Whanganui in winning every junior national tennis title, showing that even a young kid from Whanganui can achieve high national accolades. After competing all around the world I gained a ranking of around #150 internationally for under 18’s and received a full scholarship to play college tennis at Boise State University in the USA. I played at the number 1 spot for singles and doubles competing against some of the best collegiate players in the country. After four hard years I graduated with a business administration degree and just recently returned back to Whanganui. Throughout my junior and collegiate career, I have been surrounded by some of the best tennis coaches in the world, I know what it takes to succeed as a tennis player and how to get there from a coach's perspective. I look forward to meeting new Whanganui tennis club members and greeting old friends.

3.45pm - 5pm

Junior Community