Week of December 1, 2023

 


Yonex Senior Provincials Singles Finals

this Weekend

The Yonex Senior Provincial Championships continue this week at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto with singles competition. The doubles portion of the tournament was played last week, and singles began on Wednesday, with most finals scheduled for Sunday, December 3.

There are over 200 athletes in the singles competition in age groups from Over 30 to Over 7

For complete doubles and singles results and singles schedule, click here

Pictured above, left to right, Over 55 women’s Doubles champions Nicola Von Schroeter and Sandra Cimetta and finalists Monika Armstrong and Jeannette Loakman. Pictured below, left to right, Over 65 Men’s Doubles Finalists Scott Cathcart and Fraser Macdonald and Champions Alan and Brian Millar.

 


Indoor Tennis Returns to Kingston!

The Kingston Racquet Centre, featuring 6 indoor courts in a state-of-the-art dome with built-in amenities, opened for business in October. The local community is extremely excited, and the Centre plans to be a tennis development hub in cooperation with the OTA; running tournaments, certification clinics, re-groupings and more. Racquets Director Tony Roth is overseeing the programs, which will be offered through the Noble Tennis School. “The creation of this incredible facility is remarkable accomplishment, made possible by the vision and leadership of Tennis Clubs of Canada, and great support from the local community and the City of Kingston.” To learn more about the Kingston Racquet Centre, click here.


Guildwood Bruce Childs Award Recipient

Rosemary Enright

Guildwood Tennis Club in Toronto awarded an OTA Bruce Child Award to club Secretary Rosemary Enright for her dedication in serving the club as a team captain of many teams in the Scarborough Tennis Federation Adult League over a span of 10 years.

As a team captain, Rosemary was conscientious about encouraging many players to participate even if it meant that she had to sit out. One can only imagine the number of hours spent emailing and phoning her team members and other captains to arrange matches. Then after the season ended, there were the hours spent accounting for monies collected and spent during the season.

Rosemary was elected as Secretary of the Club in 2018 and volunteers as Social Committee Chair. She does an outstanding job not only preparing minutes of our meetings, but also keeping the Constitution up to date, writing quarterly articles for the community newspaper and corresponding with local businesses to secure support for our annual club Corn Roast and Awards Day. She organizes the Social committee to provide food for all our social events. She asks great questions and thinks deeply about issues that arise in our Executive meetings, making her a valued contributor to the success of our club. In short, she is a tennis player that Bruce Childs would have been proud to know.

Submitted by Diane Lang, President of Guildwood Tennis Club, Scarborough

Bruce Childs was a volunteer at a Toronto community tennis club years ago. As a tribute to his hard work at his tennis club in a volunteer role, one of the OTA’s former Board members felt it would be an appropriate and well-deserved tribute to name a club award in his honour. The award was established to recognize an executive member or dedicated club volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her community tennis club for an extended period.

If you are an OTA-member club executive and want more information on the Bruce Childs Award, contact Andrew Chappell, achappell@tennisontario.com.


Central Tennis Club Award Recipients

Central Tennis Club in Toronto held their annual General Meeting on Thursday November 23 at the Iconic Montgomery’s Inn located in the heart of Etobicoke. Members in attendance were treated to a variety of catered seasonal foods to kick of the holiday season.

This year Josette Degiorgio (pictured above with, left to right Simon Burden OTA and Ron Mauro, Central TC President) was awarded the coveted Eric Cater Award for her hard work as Junior Programs Director. Grace Ho (pictured below) received the first ever OTA Bruce Childs Award for the many years she served as the clubs Membership Director. On hand to present the award was the OTA’S Simon Burden.


Another Green Means Go Event

at Sobeys Stadium!

Members of the Mimico Tennis Club in Toronto took part in the OTA’s Green Means Go program earlier this week at Sobeys Stadium. The participants were treated to general play, instructional tips focusing on doubles volleys and serves, a Yonex racquet demo and giveaways. Special thanks to Ron Gillis for helping to organize the players! Green Means Go is an OTA ClubStrong program designed for 50+ players. Encourage your community club executive to book your clubs’ date at Sobeys! Dates to be announced soon. Contact Ely Schwartz at eschwartz@tennisontario.com to book. For more information on Green Means Go, click here.


Jane Finch Tennis Girls Program

The Jane Finch Community Tennis Association Girls Skills & Development Program is a project funded by Sport Canada. The 3-year pilot examines participation and retention for girls in the program, which delivers a skills-focused tennis development program within a life-skills oriented mentorship structure in an all-girls environment, celebrating the racial diversity of six to seventeen year-old girls and young women in the community.

To learn more about the Jane Finch Community Tennis Association Girls Tennis Program, click here.


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Check Out the Latest ONTENNIS.ca Story!

New ONTENNIS Exclusive Instructional Series by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles – Part 6!

Check out the sixth release of the new exclusive ONTENNIS “The Competitive Edge” instructional series by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles. This series is for anyone who wishes to raise their compete level. A lifelong player and coach, Mr. Coles features easy to digest tips and strategies to help keen recreational competitors play smarter. Improving stroke technique certainly helps but that requires a great deal of deliberate practice. A quicker way is to sharpen tactical skills whilst still using the strokes you've already got! He will cover topics often overlooked or even glossed over in on court instruction when hitting lots of balls is what is appreciated most.

In Part 6, “Pros & Cons – What to Copy from the Stars!, Coach Adrian talks about the difference between the way the pros play and whether the average player should try to play the same way or manage their expectations for a better chance to play winning tennis.

Check out this story here and visit www.ONTENNIS.ca for all other ONTENNIS stories. Enjoy!


Inspire Through Sport is Expanding!

2024 is full of more opportunities for girls in tennis. Inspire has developed a new pathway for girls to get engaged starting at the age of 10 and to support them throughout their tennis career. The goals of Inspire are:

  • To get more girls and women involved in sport
  • To increase the retention rate of girls in sport
  • To increase the number of female coaches
  • To provide young women with opportunities to allow them to thrive in leadership positions

See where you or your daughter fits in the Inspire Pathway!

Inspire Engagement Program (Girls 10-13)

The earlier you get your girls involved in the game, the greater chance they will stick with it through adolescence and adulthood. The ‘Inspire Engagement Program’ is a non-competitive, fun-filled program designed to connect girls in tennis through an on-court and off-court monthly program. It will show that although tennis is an individual sport, in the right environment you can still experience the team atmosphere with other girls in the same position. It is an opportunity to play with girls from different clubs, build friendships, and learn about the pathway they will be taking as tennis players. The program is run by female coaches, along with teenage mentors that will be assisting the coaches and supporting the younger girls. Each session will include three hours of tennis and on-court games, along with a one hour social where we will share a meal and share stories and lessons. The goal is to have each participant leave the program with new friendships, more confidence, role models to look up to, and a love for the game.

https://www.inspirethroughsport.com/inspireengagementprogram

Inspire Mentorship Program (Girls 14-17)

The ‘Inspire Mentorship Program’ is an online program designed to create a collaborative and empowering environment for teenage girls in their sport. We acknowledge that being a teenage girl in sports has its challenges, but we are strong believers that through sport, you can gain valuable life experience in a safe environment. Some of the areas we cover in our sessions are personal development, building confidence, leadership skills, tennis pathways and careers, and so much more. The girls will be learning in a team environment that allows them to build friendships, work together, and grow in a non-competitive environment. We believe that there are various pathways to success and this program will work with each individual to reach their full potential.

https://www.inspirethroughsport.com/inspirementorshipprogram

Follow the link below to register for their 2024 programs!
https://www.inspirethroughsport.com/registration

If you have any questions, you can contact them at: info@inspirethroughsport.com


OTA Club and Regional News

Aldershot Winter Bubble Ribbon Cutting!

Congratulations to the Aldershot Tennis Club in Burlington on the ribbon cutting for their resurfaced courts and new dome. Special guests at the event included Nadirah Nazeer, who was on hand to receive thanks and appreciation from the club and from the city for an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. The grant covered extensive work to rehabilitate the court surface, shore up the perimeter grading and refit the outdoor lighting with LED.

Also there to celebrate were Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Councillor Kelvin Galbraith. They spoke at length about the importance of family-friendly sport and recreation, as well as appreciation for the volunteer-led community tennis club. Councillor Galbraith is a born-and-raised Aldershot resident, a graduate of Brock University, and owner of The Fitness Firm.

Club president Jake Nease emphasized that everything at Aldershot TC is a cooperative effort among all the members. The club has a longstanding culture of providing quality tennis programming to the community at an accessible price. Together, the members have maintained and upgraded their facilities by operating on a no-frills basis.

Total cost for the resurfacing of four courts, associated site repairs and also the new dome is in the $340,000 range. Aldershot TC is very appreciative of the Trillium grant of $135,000 and covered the balance out of reserves accumulated for this purpose. This is especially remarkable in light of a $500,000 rehabilitation of the clubhouse, completed only a few years ago, and again paid for entirely by the club.

Andrew Chappell and Rosemary Goodwin were delighted to present the club with a Bruce Childs Award, in recognition of superlative performance as a community tennis club, achieved by virtue of coordinated and collaborative volunteer contribution from each and every club member. The club sets an exemplary standard, providing positive tennis experiences for as many community members as can be accommodated on just four tennis courts. Congratulations, and thank you!

Pictured above, (left to right), Burlington City Councilor Kelvin Galbraith, Nadirah Nazeer from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Aldershot Club President Jake Nease, OTA Southwest Regional Chair Rosemary Goodwin and OTA Manager of Membership & Regional Development Andrew Chappell.

Photos courtesy of club member Ken Burlock.

Cake Cutting Ceremony
Club President Jake Nease accepts the OTA Bruce Childs Award on behalf of the Aldershot Club volunteers

Port Hope Racquet Club to Get Fall/Winter Dome

The Port Hope Racquet Club (PHRC), ACE Tennis and The Municipality of Port Hope will partner to install a 4-court dome during the fall and winter months.

The existing dome is currently owned and managed by All Canadian Sports Management (ACSM), a Canadian tennis industry leader that is committed to “growing the game” in Canada and a partner of the PHRC through ACE Tennis. The PHRC learned of the opportunity to acquire the dome, aka “bubble,” early in spring of 2023. The Club worked simultaneously with ACE Tennis and the Municipality to develop a proposal for Council approval and identify potential sources of funding. We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday November 7th, Council ratified a motion to approve the project moving forward. This approval allows for important next steps in the project to occur, including site plan review and geotechnical work, which will confirm that the project meets conditions and can proceed.

Why Port Hope? Nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario, this vibrant and historic town is perfectly situated. There is currently no access to a dedicated indoor tennis facility in the Northumberland, Peterborough and Quinte regions and the courts are easily accessed from the 401 corridors. “Along with making year-round tennis available to the existing players in the region, this dome widens access to the sport at all levels and opens up new, affordable options for families who are looking for winter activities,” notes Julia Snoek, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture for the Municipality of Port Hope.

Why tennis? “We know that movement and sport is key for both physical and mental health at any age, but there are some key factors that differentiate tennis;” says Gillian Smith-Clark, President of the PHRC. “Tennis is a sport for life, and we offer programs starting at age four. It’s an easy entry, low-contact, affordable sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.” 

Why Now? Interest in tennis continues to grow in Canada and in other countries. Yet according to Tennis Canada, only 10 percent of community tennis courts are covered to allow for year-round play. “This is an exciting opportunity for Port Hope, and a win-win situation for all parties,” says Pierre Lamarche, Founder and CEO of ACSM. “Along with all the other benefits, the ability to host tournaments and develop a competitive program will be a huge draw for the community. Port Hope will become a ’tennis destination’.”

The PHRC has launched a fundraising campaign to build a fourth tennis court and retrofit the dome over its existing tennis courts, as well as the related capital costs. To learn more about the “raise the dome” project and how you can support this game-changing initiative, visit: phrc.on.ca/raise-the-dome.

About the Port Hope Racquet Club:

Founded in 2002, the Port Hope Racquet Club (PHRC) was established as a non-profit corporation by a group of dedicated tennis players who were passionate about establishing a community club in Port Hope with the goal of growing the game of tennis. Run entirely by volunteers, the PHRC is committed to promoting the game of tennis to the community by providing affordable tennis lessons, summer camps, leagues, events, and tournaments as well as contributing to the maintenance and stewardship of the courts. The PHRC works with ACE Tennis to deliver high-quality lessons and events. 

For more information about the PHRC visit PHRC.ca

About All Canadian Sports Management and ACE Tennis:

ACE Tennis is owned and operated by its parent company All Canadian Sports Management, Inc. (ACSM) - a Canadian tennis industry leader committed to “Growing the Game” in Canada. With over 40 years of experience, ACSM provides leading edge guidance and information to partners requiring assistance in the development of various components of the tennis infrastructure including facility development and management; player development and management; coaching formation; and events development and implementation. 

For more information about ACSM and ACE Tennis, visit: 
acetennis.ca/all-canadian-sports-management/

Media Contacts:

Port Hope Racquet Club
Eva Lannon, Media Relations 
Ph: 416-300-9721 
Stephanie Campbell, Media Relations 
Ph: 289-251-0590 
raisethedome@phrc.ca

Municipality of Port Hope
Kate Ingram, Acting Director, Corporate Services/Manager, Communications 
Ph: 905-885-4544 
communications@porthope.ca

ACE Tennis/ACSM
Pierre Lamarche, Founder 
Ph: 905-616-6970 
pierre@acetennis.ca

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Mission Elite is proud to announce that both 1-on-1 and Weekly sessions with mental performance coaches will be accessible through their Mindset Academy in Mission Elite Academy.

The Mindset Academy will look to educate and help build the mentality, perspective, awareness and actions essential for the utmost peak performance.

The weekly class sessions will be led and overseen by Mission Elite CEO, Raheel Manji. Raheel's experience has led him to win multiple pro titles, compete at the ATP Masters 1000, and win an ITA National Summer Championship as the #1 singles and doubles player for Indiana University. He has coached and consulted at all four Grand Slams, a Power 5 Sweet 16 NCAA program, a Top 5 NCAA Recruiting class, and continues to work with some of the best players in the world. Raheel also holds certificates of completion in Neuroplasticity and Sports Psychology, while being trained in Psychology of Performance.

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Mission Elite Mentality will host its weekly class sessions on Tuesdays from 5 PM to 6 PM ET during the fall term.

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Mastering Doubles with Daniel Nestor!

Daniel Nestor launches new online doubles training academy!

Canadian tennis legend Daniel Nestor recently launched an online doubles training academy designed to help players maximize their potential when competing in doubles competition. The course is designed specifically for doubles players of all levels, from club players to those heading to the pros!

Daniel Nestor is widely considered one of the greatest to ever play doubles tennis. In his storied 28-year professional career, he earned an impressive record of 91 men's doubles titles, including eight Grand Slam victories, as well as an Olympic Gold Medal in 2000. Since retiring in 2018, Daniel has dedicated much of his time to teaching others the lessons he's learned throughout his career. By sharing his invaluable insights, he helps players like you elevate their doubles game at all levels!

The 41-lesson course includes over 1.5 hours of video content, covering all facets of the doubles game including, serving, returning, partnership strategy, teamwork, the mental game, tips, drills and more!

To learn more about Daniels great new online doubles training academy and to order the online course, click here.

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Let Daniel help you to become a force to be reckoned with on the doubles court! 

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Whether you’re pro advertising your coaching services, a company wanting to reach the tennis enthusiast, a club looking for new members or you just want to sell some old wooden tennis racquets – you can reach over 15,000 tennis players in Ontario each week via our weekly newsletter SPIN, with an ad in the OTA Marketplace section. Listings and pictures are only $125 per week and all we need is a horizontal image like the one above (500 pixels deep X 800 pixels wide) and a couple of paragraphs. We’ll do the rest! Need creative help? We offer creative services at a reasonable cost. For more info, email pmalcomson@tennisontario.com. Include “OTA Marketplace" in the Subject line.


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