Tennis Canada launches National Junior Training Program in British Columbia

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Tennis CanadaTop Israeli coach Oded Jacob is hired to lead West Coast training program in North Vancouver

Tennis Canada announced Thursday the launch of its third National Junior Training Program to be located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Hired to lead the West Coast program is one of Israel’s top junior development coaches Oded Jacob. The training program will be run out of the North Shore Winter Club and, similar to the programs already running in Ontario and Quebec, will serve as a passageway for promising juniors into the full-time National Training Centre (NTC) in  Montreal. 

“With the success of the programs in Toronto and Montreal, it was a very high priority for Tennis Canada to get a program running in Western Canada to ensure we have representation from coast-to-coast in our national program,” said Bob Brett, high performance consultant, Tennis Canada. “The aim of this program is to have our national coaches and consultants working in conjunction with Tennis BC and personal coaches to provide the identified athletes with supplemental training and competition opportunities outside of their club environment.” 

Selected athletes will be re-grouped weekly at the North Shore Winter Club for additional training and fitness that will help support home training and the Tennis BC provincial program. 

After a comprehensive national and international search was conducted, Jacob was hired to lead the program as Tennis Canada’s newest national coach. Jacob is recognized as one of the most influential and well-regarded tennis leaders in Israel having worked with top Israeli players such as Shahar Peer, Dudi Sela, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich. He is also a former Olympic coach for his home country and captained Israel’s Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams while acting as the director of the Israeli National Tennis Centre. 

“I am very excited to be part of this continued growth for Canadian tennis,” said Jacob. “With world-renown coaches like Louis Borfiga and Bob Brett leading the way here and the increasing amount of resources being put into tennis development, Canada is one of the most promising countries on the international stage right now for producing potential talent. I look forward to contributing to more future success by leading this junior 
training program on the West Coast.” 

An initial six athletes have been selected to participate in the 2011-2012 training season. They are as follows: 

Player                          Personal Coach             Club  
Matias Benedykczak     Dimitri Penchev            Global Tennis Inc./People’s Courts Tennis Club 
Sara Bremsak               Nick Coutts                   Grant Connell Tennis Centre 
Felix Fan                        Dal Gill                           Elite Tennis Academy/Sportstown Sports Complex 
Stacey Fung                  Tracy Bennet                Grant Connell Tennis Centre 
Rosie Johanson             Dimitri Penchev           Global Tennis Inc./People’s Courts Tennis Club 
Benjamin Sigouin          Andrew Pantazopol       Jericho Tennis Club 

“We have been working diligently with all of our partners for some time now to establish this National Junior Training Program in BC to support the strong efforts already in place,” said Hatem McDadi, vice-president, tennis development, Tennis Canada. “We are extremely happy to have a coach of Oded’s calibre on board to work with the clubs and coaches to help nurture the terrific talent in this region. This program is an important piece of the puzzle to build off the rich history of high performance excellence in BC which includes current world-class players Rebecca Marino, Vasek Pospisil and Philip Bester.”

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