By Darren Hore
With a business that spans Sault Ste. Marie and Greater Sudbury, Ont., I am Canada’s first and currently only franchisee for Teach-Grow-Achieve (TGA) Premier Sports, which takes a unique approach to children’s sports instruction. I divide my time between tennis and golf enrichment programming, which my franchise brings to local schools and community centres throughout my territory.
I was born and raised in Elliot Lake, Ont., about two hours’ drive east of Sault Ste. Marie. I was a pretty athletic kid, playing hockey, baseball and soccer throughout the year, but not a lot of golf or tennis! They were just not trendy back then, so there was not much support for getting kids involved at younger ages. I did get to go to tennis camp at nine or 10 years old, while my family was relocated to Labrador City, N.L., but there were no golf lessons for children.
In my high school years, I also got involved in volleyball and track and field. While I had dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player one day, my interests took a different turn, as I got very involved in music as a teenager. I began taking music classes and performed in power pop bands as a singer and bass guitar player throughout high school.
I moved to Ottawa to study business at Carleton University, but it was really just a front, while I was continuing to pursue music. I began touring in 1991 between university semesters, but eventually, touring in a band became a full-time gig.
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