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A Year in Reflection
 

 

A Year in Reflection

The OTA is now well into their four-year strategic planning cycle and I am proud to say the organization continues to strengthen its financial commitments to important programs, and to human resources and partnerships needed to lead the growth of tennis in Ontario and across Canada.

Financially, OTA is well positioned, having reached a $2M budget milestone this past fall when the 2015 budget was finalized by the board. Since 2011, the OTA's budget has increased an incredible 35% thanks to the hard work of OTA's Executive Director Jim Boyce and his staff. During this same period, government grant support has increased an astonishing 98%! None of that success would be possible without the strong support by OTA member clubs who recognize the leadership and benefits OTA brings to tennis in their community and across Ontario.

Volunteerism

The year 2014 was another standout year for volunteerism in the province. Throughout the year the OTA provided over 40 recognition certificates to clubs and regions who honoured outstanding volunteers in communities across Ontario. As we've done for the past 12 years, we saved our highest recognitions for late October with the Distinguished Services Award dinner. The award for 2014 went to two deserving recipients: Julio DiCresce from Bolton Tennis Club and Renate Crizzle from Heron Park Tennis Club. Congratulations to both Julio and Renate for their high level of contributions over so many years.

On a larger scale, the OTA hosted the 9th annual Presidents' Day session during Rogers Cup on August 4th. Club executives from about 90 member clubs attended (200+ participants) and it is our way of recognizing the hard work of all member club board volunteers in the province. A continental breakfast was served, followed by remarks from incoming Tennis Canada CEO Kelly Murumets, and concluding with a short Q&A with special guest and up-and-coming player Brayden Schnur of Ontario. Most of the interview was captured and put up on the OTA's YouTube station, so take a look on our website if you haven't already done so.

Fundraising

The OTA participated this year for the first time in the 3rd annual Raonic Race-For-Kids fundraising event organized by Tennis Canada. Our team, the "OTA Future Stars", raised over $9,000 for the charity, with the total amount raised across 16 teams coming in at $130,000. Our celebrity team captain was ATP and Canadian Davis Cup tennis star Frank Dancevic, who gave every challenge great energy and enthusiasm. More information can be found at The Milos Raonic Foundation website.

Governance & Risk Management

The OTA continued to progress priorities from our governance and risk management plan. A small board committee worked with OTA staff in 2013/14 to develop a draft of a comprehensive Volunteer Policy including background check requirements for OTA employees, coaches, officials and volunteers. This initiative forms part of the OTA's overall Risk Management Plan that has been in place since 2009. The policy has been approved and includes details such as the role of the volunteer to the success of tennis in Ontario, volunteer rights and expectations, volunteer training and orientation and volunteer recognition. It also includes new requirements for conducting various levels of police background checks (PBCs) for OTA volunteers, employees and other paid positions such as coaches and officials. Background checks take affect Jan 1, 2015 and will be required for all officials and coaches and select volunteers. These and other policies can be found on the CLUBSTRONG resource centre.

Tennis Canada / OTA Partnership

The Provincial Tennis Association (PTA) Presidents meet regularly through the Council of Provinces (COP) and in 2014 we focused our efforts to continue building a stronger relationship with the provinces and Tennis Canada. For the first time, Tennis Canada met with all the provincial Presidents and their Executive Directors in Toronto in late October to focus discussion on how to best grow tennis participation in Canada. This was an historical first step simply because it was the acknowledgement by all involved that in order for us to succeed we must all have consensus and buy-in to the programs in which we invest. Everyone left the two-day meeting feeling that their ideas mattered and that the action steps identified will make a strong impact to growing tennis participation in Canada over the long term. More meetings of this kind will take place in 2015 including coverage of other important areas such as Marketing and High Performance. This is a new way of working together collaboratively with Tennis Canada and the provinces and I for one am extremely happy we are taking this direction.

OTA's Annual General Meeting

This year's AGM was held on Saturday, April 11 with a full house of attendees from over 48 member clubs. After the business of the AGM completed, we had guest speakers from Sterling Backcheck (Ron Modi) and Altruvest (Robert Harris) provide insight into police background checks and board governance. This was followed by some time on the courts for those who signed up, allowed us to demonstrate a number of the programs that get delivered to communities throughout the year. Thank you to all our supportive clubs for attending, voicing their opinions, networking with other members and enjoying the food and seminars.

 
 
 
 
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The OTA is hiring! Click the link below to view the Player Development Coordinator job posting! https://bit.ly/2HIvp7n


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ONTENNIS chats with Canada's most successful tennis coach, Rob Steckley (previous coach to Lucie Safarova and Denis Shapovalov). Listen to his unique views on coaching, social media and a 1970 Cadillac Coupe Deville. #ONTENNIS @robsteckley @luciesafarova @denis_shapovalov @TennisCanada #getonthecourt #TennisOntario http://bit.ly/2YyMqX8


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We are proud to announce our new partnership with Exercise Sports Movement Clinics Inc. @esm_clinics is now our preferred sports medicine provider and will add value to both our OTA Event Competitors and our OTA Member Clubs. More details on our website at: https://bit.ly/2H7AoNn


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It's that time of year again! Win prizes all summer long with the Club OTA app on Android and iPhone. Entries for the first prize of the season close tonight at 9:00! More details on our website at: https://bit.ly/2H8PjYK


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Mother's Day is #7daysout ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ Order any #Bloomex flower arrangements and/or gift items during the month of May and save 15% with the special OTA promo code. Details at link below. Happy shopping! https://www.tennisontario.com/pages/current-news-bloomex-offering-15-off-for-mother-s-day


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Get out to the @merchanttennis spring warehouse sale this weekend! Lots of deals in-store and online. Check out the website for details: https://www.tennisontario.com/pages/story-2-ot-spin-week-of-april-26 #Getonthecourt #merchantexperts


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On this first episode, ONTENNIS Podcast chats with Canadian tennis sensation Bianca Andreescu from Mississauga, Ontario. Hear how her meteoric rise has got the tennis worldโ€™s attention, especially other WTA tour stars. #ONTENNIS @Bandreescu_ @Bibi_Andreescu @Andreescu_Fans @TennisCanada @WTA #getonthecourt #TennisOntario bit.ly/OTPBianca


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Penn/Head Canada is launching a new product in support of Prostate Cancer Canadaโ€™s #PlaidforDad campaign. Penn will donate $0.25/can with the purchase of their new blue felt Penn Marathon Extra Duty balls. Check out participating retailers here ๐Ÿ”—: https://www.tennisontario.com/pages/current-news-penn-supports-prostate-cancer-canada #getonthecourt #tennisincanada #penntennis #prostatecancer #prostatecancerawareness #headtennis #penntennis


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We are pleased to welcome @Bloomex_canada to the OTA family! #Bloomex is the "Official Florist of the OTA" and the new title sponsor of the Bloomex Cup in Ottawa this summer. Learn more here: https://www.tennisontario.com/pages/current-news-bloomex-canada #BloomexCanada #partnership


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Thank you to everyone that took part in the 2019 OTA U9 TDC Cup! ๐ŸŽพ Congratulatons to Waterloo Tennis Club for being this years Champions!๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ† #tdccup2019 #TennisOntario #GetOnTheCourt


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The OTA U9 TDC Cup has concluded and here are the Fair Play and Medal Winners!!๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ… #fairplay #tdccup2019 #TennisOntario #GetOnTheCourt


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With a new career-high ranking of No. 68 in the world, Bianca Andreescu has her sights set on even more successโ€ฆ #getonthecourt #TennisOntario #ONTennis @TennisCanada @biancaandreescu_ @max_gao http://bit.ly/BiancasRise


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Intense matchup at the #U18Qualifiers!! Plenty more happening throughout the day! #Qualifiers #TennisOntario #GetOnTheCourt


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The OTA is hiring! Multiple Head Coaches and Assistant Instructors are needed for a community tennis program in Scarborough this spring/summer! Positions will remain open until filled. Details at link below! ๐Ÿ”—: http://ow.ly/4rAe50mkz0n #getonthecourt


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Having a blast with the after school tennis program at Flemington PS, with the Sports, Wellness & Achievement Network (SWAN)! #TDSB #getonthecourt


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Twelve years ago, Brayden Schnur was the Under 12 Ontario Junior Provincial Outdoor Singles Champion. Now he is an ATP finalists. What a leap! #getonthecourt #TennisOntario #ONTennis @protennisfan @BraydenSchnur @TennisCanada http://bit.ly/2E4W8YJ


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Great weekend of #tennis at the OTA #U10Champions!! ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ Congratulations to all players! Tremendous boys and girls finals! #TennisOntario #GetOnTheCourt #merchantoftennis #propenn #babolat


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Getting busy with the smash cage! ๐ŸŽพ @homeshowsto, come and check us out!! #GTAHomeShow #TennisOntario #GetOnTheCourt


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The second day of the #U10Champions has ended!! This is where the tournament stands on the main draw...two more matches to go for this year's winners! ๐Ÿ† #TennisOntario #GetOnTheCourt


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Appreciate the fan club following us...now we gotta get the real @biancaandreescu_ to follow OTA!! #TennisOntario #GetOnTheCourt