JJ Mahony

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Bio

With over 23 years of experience, JJ came to UBC in 2011 from the North Shore Winter Club, where he was the Tennis Director from 2003-2011. JJ has been passionate about the game of tennis since he started the game when he was 7 years old. He competed in junior provincial, national, and international events and recently represented Canada in the world championships for the 35 division in New Zealand. JJ is very excited to bring his playing and teaching knowledge to UBC and to keep growing the sport of a lifetime.

Qualifications
  •  National Coaching Certification Program Level 3
  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
  • Tennis Canada Wheelchair Certified Coach
  • 25+ years of coaching experience
Results
2011-Present – Tennis Director UBC Tennis Centre
2003-2011 – Tennis Director (North Shore Winter Club)
2000-2002 – Head Assistant Pro (Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club)
1989-2000 – Assistant Pro (The Arbutus Club)

Bob Exell

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Bio

With over 35 years of experience, Bob came to UBC in the summer of 2014 from the North Shore Winter Club where he was a Tennis Pro (2007-2014). Bob fell in love with tennis in his late teens and started to play tennis and trained with some of the top players in the world, such as Grant Connell. Within a few years, Bob was ranked in the top 10 in BC for both men’s open singles and doubles. Bob has competed nationally and internationally as a senior player for many years and in 2005 was ranked No. 2 in Canada for men’s 45 singles and doubles. In 2006, Bob was the captain of the men’s 45 national team that competed at the ITF World Team Championships in Durban, South Africa. Bob is also proud to have been involved in the development of Filip Peliwo who reached the No. 1 combined junior world ranking in July 2012.

Qualifications
  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1

  • USPTR Professional

  • 35+ years of coaching experience

  • Tennis Director at both a public and private facility

  • Ball Crew Manager for Odlum Brown Vancouver Open

  • Former BC Men’s Representative – Tennis Canada Senior National Committee

Results
Represented Canada on Men’s National 55 team in Helsinki, Finland (2016)
Ranked #1 in Canada Men’s 55 Doubles (2015)
Ranked #1 in BC Men’s Singles and Doubles (2015)
Won all 3 BC Senior ITF tournaments Men’s 55 singles (2015) – VanLawn, BC Provincials & Hollyburn
Oldest Player to win the men’s open singles at the New Brunswick Open at age 42
Quarter-finalist in Men’s 50s doubles ITF World Senior Individual Championships (2013)
Represented Canada on Canadian National teams Tony Trabert Cup (Men’s 40s), Dubler Cup (Men’s 45s), Fred Perry Cup (Men’s 50s) & Austria Cup (Men’s 55s)

Rebecca Marino

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Bio

Rebecca decided to retire from professional tennis as of February 2013. Her passion for tennis has now brought her to another side of the sport, as a coach. She hopes to be able to bring her past playing career into her current coaching career by sharing her experiences and knowledge of tennis. She also hopes to inspire a future generation of tennis players in B.C. and wants to be a resource and role model for tennis players of all ages. As well as coaching, she is currently attending UBC for her undergrad in the Faculty of Arts. Rebecca is very excited to be at the UBC Tennis Centre!

Qualifications
  •  Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
Results
WTA singles ranking No 38
2010 – Tennis Canada female player of the year
2011 – Tennis Canada female player of the year

Jason Hilliard

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Bio

Jason started tennis at the age of 6. He started his coaching career at Hollyburn Country Club and later joined forces with JJ Mahony at the North Shore Winter Club. He was drawn to UBC’s new facility and the opportunities that UBC Tennis has to offer. Jason has a passion for coaching people of all ages, but takes pride in coaching entry-level players and introducing kids to the sport. He also has a vast entertainment background where he uses his magic to entertain children of all ages.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor

  • Tennis Canada Wheelchair Certified Coach

  • 15 years teaching tennis at Hollyburn Country Club, North Shore Winter Club and now at UBC

  • 15 years sales experience with Volkl Tennis and representing Prince Tennis for British Columbia

  • Official UBC Racket Stringing Technician

 

Darius Tolkien-Spurr

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Bio

Darius grew up playing tennis in the lower mainland and competed as a junior and at the university level. He graduated with a Bachelor from the University of Victoria and a Masters from University of Edinburgh. He has extensive experience coaching people of all ages and skill levels and is passionate about seeing players reach their true potential in the sport. Darius is an avid runner, snowboarder, and general outdoors person. He believes that anyone can enjoy playing tennis and be healthy while doing so, no matter what background, age, or level.

Qualifications
  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
  • Tennis Canada Wheelchair Certified Coach
  • 12+ years of coaching experience

 

Aneesa Heatherington

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Bio

From picking up a racket at age 5 to competing in high school and university tennis, Aneesa’s passion for the sport brought her to UBC. Aneesa earned her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Victoria and is studying Broadcast and Online Journalism at BCIT. Aneesa is motivated to help develop players of all levels and ages and help them reach their full potential. Aneesa’s dedication to the sport shines through while leading the UBC Tennis Centre summer camp programs.

Qualifications
  •  Tennis Canada Certified Instructor

  •  9+ years of coaching experience

 

Dana Radivojevic

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Bio

Dana is currently pursuing her studies as a French Major at UBC. Although being involved in a variety of sports, Dana decided to take on tennis as her primary sport at the age of 9. Dana has competed at a high provincial level with top rankings in the junior circuit. Dana took the next step in her tennis career by completing her instructor certification and proceeding to become a Junior Development Coach at UBC. She is excited to be pursuing her passion for fitness, health and tennis at the UBC Tennis Centre.

Qualifications
  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • UBC Tennis Centre Volunteer Coordinator

 

Kenny Yamashita

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Bio

Kenny’s tennis career began while growing up in Hawaii, achieving high ranking in the junior circuit. He is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he majored in Philosophy and minored in Law and Society. He has been involved with tennis from a young age and has applied his passion for the sport to coaching. His experience in helping players to improve ranges across all ages and all levels. Kenny is excited to continue pursuing his coaching career at the Tennis Centre.

Qualifications
  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor

 

Josh Martin

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Bio

Student by day, tennis coach by night. Josh is currently a Political-Science major here at UBC who will be graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree. When Josh isn’t studying or writing papers, you can find him coaching individuals of all ages here at the UBC Tennis Centre. His experience in playing tennis since an early age has correlated with giving back to the community by coaching, which he absolutely loves. Josh is also in charge of designing and creating our monthly Adult Newsletters. He also has a background in theatre and has a passion for writing that he incorporates into his work.

Qualifications
  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • UBC Tennis Centre Adult Newsletter Coordinator

 

Greg Macken

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Bio