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Wheelchair Players and Coaches

Players

Did you know that our National High Performance players are among the best players in the world? They have represented Canada at major international events, such as Paralympic and Parapan Am Games as well as World Team Cup. All the national team members play 10-15 tournaments on average per year as part of the ITF circuit all around the world.

Date of Birth: 2 June 1981
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Best ITF Singles Ranking: 50

My favorite tournament… is the Southwest Desert Classic. It’s nice to get out from Quebec’s taught winter and enjoy the nice weather there the resort is fantastic.

I knew wheelchair tennis was MY sport when… I moved to Nun’s Island and played for the first time 3 years ago.

My best experience on tennis court was… playing at World Team Cup in South Africa in 2011 and winning for Canada.

The best match I ever played was… New York against Paul Moran after a great night in Brooklyn.

My favorite shot is… my cross court forehand.

The area of my game that needs the most improvement is… serves and backhand.

My favorite able bodied player is… Roger Federer because of his composure and mental toughness and he seems to be a good person.

Representing Canada at WTC/Paralympics means… the best thing about wheelchair tennis. That’s why I play tennis, to participate in these events.

If there was one rule in tennis I could change it would be… create more categories.

My favorite food is… Japanese.

My favorite beverage is… red wine.

A perfect day to me is… to play the greatest tennis in the most important match and then celebrate.

My favorite YouTube clip is… Shingo Kuneida winning the Beijing Paralympics.

Birthdate: July 28 1999

Hometown: Delta BC

My favorite tournament is… For spectating, Australian Open is my favorite, but for competing it must go to Birmingham Nationals

My best experience on a tennis court was… Winning my semi final in last years Birmingham nationals, and making it to the finals.

My favorite shot is…  Cross court forehand

My favorite able bodied player is… Roger Federer

The Paralympics are… A goal

My favorite food is… Grilled cheese with tomato soup

My favorite beverage is… Chocolate milk

A perfect day to me is… Sitting around the campfire on Shuswap lake playing cribbage with my grandparents and other relatives.

Birthdate: July 29, 2000

Hometown: Toronto, ON

My favorite tournament is… the Cajun Classics

My best experience on a tennis court was… when I played in the Birmingham Classic, I got the chance to play doubles with and against 2 of the top ranked players in the world.

My favorite shot is… Cross court forehand

My favorite able bodied player is… Serena Williams

The Paralympics are… a great honour and privilege.

My favorite food is… Peking duck.

My favorite beverage is… Iced Tea

A perfect day to me is… sleeping in late, reading a good book, and of course playing tennis outdoors in warm weather!!

 

Birthdate: November 28, 1976

Hometown: Brea, California

My favorite tournament is: Indian Wells, Calif.

My best experience on a tennis court was: Losing in Mazatlan in 2016. I’d won the first set 6-4 was up in the second 4-1 and saw the finish line. She came back to win the second 5-7 and the third 3-6. It was one of my most difficult losses but it was a huge learning experience for me. I lost but I felt I gained much more in the process of it all.

My favorite shot is: Backhand down the line.

My favorite able bodied player is: Venus Williams and Grigor Dimitrov

The Paralympics are: A big honor

My favorite food is: Hot cereal loaded with fruit, peanut butter, and almonds.

My favorite beverage is: Tea

A perfect day to me is: 80 degrees in Vancouver playing tennis in the a.m and mountain biking in the afternoon.

My favorite YouTube clip is: SNL skit with Melissa McCarthy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdewIJ0C0CQ

Date of Birth: 28 June 1976
Hometown: Ancaster, ON
Best ITF Singles Ranking: 21

My favorite tournament is the… Midwest Open in Grand Rapids….because it well run with a great venue. I travel with my family to that tournament every year.

I knew wheelchair tennis was MY sport when… I broke my neck.

My best experience on tennis court was… playing for Canada at the WTC.

The best match I ever played was when… I came back from 5-2 0-40 and down a set to win the match.

My favorite shot is… when my ball hits the net and then dribbles over to the opponent’s side.

The area of my game that needs the most improvement is… mobility.

My favorite able bodied player is… Federer, because he’s a great champion.

Representing Canada at WTC/Paralympics means… I got my ranking up high enough. Actually, it’s an honor not many people get to experience.

If there was one rule in tennis I could change it would be… when a player serves first in a tie break it shouldn’t count as a service game. They should still have the serve in the next set.

My favorite food is… meat and mashed potatoes.

My favorite beverage is… milk. Alcoholic beverage is a Caesar.

A perfect day to me is… playing tennis and coming home to my family which happens a lot!

My favorite YouTube clip is… my son playing Wii.

Date of Birth: Nov 2
Hometown: Vancouver
My favorite tournament is… watching Hopman Cup, Australia
I knew wheelchair tennis was MY sport when I… played the Western Canada Summer Games in 2011
My best experience on tennis court was… the Toronto Parapan Am Games 2015
My favorite shot is… an extra shot in my latte .:)
My favorite able bodied player is… Agnieszka Radwanska
If there was one rule in tennis I could change it would be… not permitted to hit without bounces.
My favorite food is… Coconuts
My favorite beverage is… Baileys
A perfect day to me is… A day that has 100 hours!
My favorite YouTube clip is… Japanese English Lesson Ten Ten Ten
Date of Birth: 06/12/1989
Hometown: North Bay
My favorite tournament is… last year my favourite tournament was the Vancouver International ITF3 tournament held at Kits Beach. The venue is great, the tennis is great, and the organizers are amazing! I knew wheelchair tennis was MY sport when I ..first rolled onto a court 3 months after my injury.
My best experience on tennis court was… winning my first national singles and doubles title.
My favorite shot is… my forehand
My favorite able bodied player is… Roger Federer and of course Fabrice Santoro
If there was one rule in tennis I could change it would be… that all quads have to tape their hand to the racquet
My favorite food is… homemade chicken and dumplings (although seared tuna is a close 2nd)
My favorite beverage is… 3.25% Milk on the rocks
A perfect day to me is… waking up, going to the office, getting my work done, hitting the gym,
hitting the courts, and then going to bed.
My favorite YouTube clip is… freestyle basement golfing

Birthdate: May 19 1999

Hometown: Anmore, BC

My favorite tournament is…the Birmingham Canadian Nationals

My best experience on a tennis court was…   reaching the 2016 Canadian Nationals  Men’s doubles finals

My favorite shot is… forehand topspin or flat

My favorite able bodied player is… Milos Raonic

The Paralympics are… my goal

My favorite food is..chicken

My favorite beverage is… Dr. Pepper

A perfect day to me is… sleeping in, then playing games with my friends

Coaches

Our coaches have a distinguished record coaching able-bodied players as well as wheelchair players. Some of them have an international background and some of them have even played competitively at a world-class level.

 

 

 

ksNational Coach, Wheelchair Tennis

  • A former World Nr 1 and Paralympic Silver Medalist
  • Development Coach for ITF Silver Fund
  • Assistant Coach for BC Wheelchair Sports Association
  • Various coaching positions in native Germany
  • With Tennis Canada since 2010
  • Main responsibility: grassroots development throughout Canada
  • Assistant to TC High Performance Coach

cgTouring Coach, Wheelchair Tennis

  • Level 4 coach and club pro 2
  • Touring coach for Tennis Canada and Tennis Québec.
  • Coached juniors players that have won National, i.e Mélanie Marois with more than 10 titles.
  • Course conductor for coach 1 and coach 2 for Tennis Canada
  • Personal coach of former top Canadian wheelchair tennis player Hélène Simard
  • 6 time World Team Cup Coach for Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair Tennis Teams

weHead of Tennis Canada Coaching Development and Certification in British Columbia

  • Provided coaching training to over 1500 coaches.
  • A main contributor to the Tennis Canada Coaching Certification program
  • Written articles and coaching materials for the PTR, Tennis Corporation of America, Tennis Coaches Australia, and the International Tennis Federation. He is a popular speaker at coaching conferences world-wide
  • A Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) as recognized by the Professional coaching association, Coaches of Canada
  • Coached 3 wheelchair players to top 10 world
  • Created Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair Instructor Course
  • Inducted into the City of Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in the coaching category

smProvincial Wheelchair Tennis Coach, British Columbia

  • Coaching education in native Australia
  • worked at Hazelmere Tennis Club, White Rock
  • works with ‘Tennis is Fun’ school tennis program
  • certified Club Pro 1, currently completing Club Pro 2

Tennis Canada Coach 2, Club Pro 2

Kids Tennis Manager, Ontario Tennis Association

University of Waterloo OUA tennis 2002-2007

Tennis Coach at North York Tennis Association

 

 

Nick comes to us from Victoria. In his junior career, Nick was ranked #1 in U18 provincially and was a doubles finalist at the U18 nationals. He attended the University of Utah on a Division 1 tennis scholarship. He is currently one of the top Men’s Open players in BC.

  • Tennis Canada High Performance Coach 3 Certification
  • Tennis Canada Club Professional 2 Certification
  • Bachelors in Exercise Sports science
  • 2012 Tennis BC High Performance Coach of the Year
  • Provincial Training Centre Coach
  • Wheelchair Instructor Certification
  • Tennis Canada Coaching Course Facilitator