OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre is a new $9.5 million dollar tennis centre, located just off MacLeod Trail (2 blocks east of the Carriage House Inn) in Calgary. The Centre is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.
A not-for-profit organization, the Centre will welcome the local community with year-round access to eight indoor courts, five outdoor championship courts, state-of-the-art technology, a viewing area for each court, a fitness centre, hospitality services and onsite parking. The Centre will become the heart of Calgary's growing tennis community and will redefine the standard for major tennis facilities across Canada. The Centre, championed by local funders is supported by Tennis Canada in co-operation with Tennis Alberta.
OUR VISION: To be the best community-based Tennis Development Centre in Canada.
OUR MISSION: We will be a vibrant community hub inspiring players to enjoy tennis and develop at all levels as a healthy sport for life.
WE WILL ACHIEVE THIS BY:
- Being welcoming & friendly to our customers;
- Hiring the best talent;
- Having the best adult & junior tennis programming in Canada;
- Hosting provincial, national and international world-class events; and,
- Being the most technologically advanced Tennis Centre in the world.
- Quality service
The OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre is a community-based state-of-the-art tennis facility located just off of MacLeod Trail. Our family-friendly tennis Centre is located in the heart of Acadia (Calgary SE) and covers 71,000 square feet over 3.19 acres.
FACILITIES AT A GLANCE
- 13 plexipave cushion tennis courts
- Ball Machine
- Fitness facilities (850 square feet)
- Full-service locker rooms
- Premier seating & viewing area for each court
- Restaurant & Lounge
- Pro Shop products & services
- Administrative Offices for Tennis Alberta & Tennis Canada
- Tennis Canada National Junior Training Program - Alberta
Our 13 state-of-the-art tennis courts are the same surface played on at the Australian Open. Our Centre is pleased to provide a premier lighting system that meets international / professional standards for competition.
- 8 indoor permanent structure hard courts
- 5 outdoor hard courts (with future outdoor lighting capacity)
Our Fitness Centre has been designed specifically to meet the training needs of tennis players of all ages and abilities. For a great workout experience, visit our second-floor gym that overlooks the tennis courts.
FOOD SERVICE AREA
Fully licensed bar also serving fresh food. More details to come.
PRO SHOP PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Our Pro Shop will include racquets for rent, balls, grips and other soft goods. Additionally, stringing services will be provided.
Thank you to all Members & participants for this great innaugural year. Please download our first Annual Report.
Ron Ghitter, Q.C. was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Edmonton. He received his law degree at the University of Alberta and began practicing law in Calgary in 1960 where he became senior partner of the firm Ghitter & Company. Mr. Ghitter was elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1971 and sponsored the first Human Rights legislation in 1972. He became a candidate for the leadership of the Provincial Progressive Conservative Party in 1985 and was appointed to the Senate of Canada in March 1993 to 2000.
Mr. Ghitter is a frequent lecturer on Human Rights issues in Canada and a co-founder of the Dignity Foundation in Alberta, a non-profit organization established to encourage the support for human rights in Alberta. He was also a founding Director of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.
Mr. Ghitter developed a passion for tennis as a junior, ranked as a Provincial Alberta Junior Tennis Champion for three years. As a university player, he was a playing Coach and Captain of the University of Alberta's Tennis Team for 5 years. Subsequent to his graduation, he became a Tennis Instructor in both Edmonton and Calgary.
As an adult, he has won a number of singles an doubles tennis championships in Alberta, and became ranked in Canada as a senior player. Over the past 6 years, Mr. Ghitter has been on Tennis Canada's Board, and has played an instrumental role in spearheading the process to develop the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre.
He is married to Myrna Ghitter and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Sheila is a third time Calgarian transferring with work in 2003 in her role as Vice President Prairies in the insurance and investment industry, where she spent most of her career. She has worked both in for-profit and not-for-profit environments and is currently the CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting (CAPPA). Her focus at CAPPA is industry and government advocacy in support of professional production accountants and the enhancement of current and future careers of members.
Sheila brings to Osten & Victor ‘both sides of the fence’ board experience, extensive committee work and volunteer engagement with a keen interest in strategic and organizational planning, vision advancement, value to all stakeholders and fun!
Sheila is recreational player enjoying both singles and doubles several times a week.
Glen B. Scott, Q.C./ C.R. President of Real Estate for the Katz Group, one of Canada's largest private real estate development companies with over $4B of real estate under active development. In addition to his role as President, Mr. Scott serves as a member of the office of the Chairman for the Katz Group one of Canada's largest private sector employers. Prior to joining the Katz Group in 2013, Mr. Scott practiced law for 28 years and is the founder of Subway Developments of Singapore, Subway Developments of Johor and a board member of Spira Data Corp.
Mr. Scott has played an active role in the tennis community previously serving as a board member of Tennis Alberta from 2007 to 2012 and as President of Tennis Alberta from 2012 to 2015. Prior thereto, Mr Scott was a board member of the Calgary Tennis Club where he raised the funds to reconstruct 6 hard courts and 3 clay tech courts and to add lighting to all of the courts. His most recent efforts include working actively with Ron Ghitter QC in the raising of funds and obtaining of approvals for the development of the Acadia Tennis Centre. Mr. Scott has three children who played Division 1 Tennis at U.S. universities including one who is a two time Canadian National Champion currently attending the University of Texas.
Hans has been a major contributor in the development of tennis in Alberta over a period spanning over 50 years.
As an executive, an instructor and a player he has earned the title of Mr. Tennis in Alberta. Hans has been an avid supporter of the creation of the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre and fully recognizes the significance of providing indoor tennis to the general public and the provision of programs for the youth in our Province.
Hans will serve as Honorary Director on the Board of Directors.
Al Fowler - Bio coming soon.
Steve, a married father of three children, works in the investment business where he is in his 19th year with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Prior to his current profession, Steven obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991 with Deloitte and has experience with both public and private practice. He graduated from the University of Las Vegas with a B. Comm. while playing NCAA tennis on scholarship.
As a tennis player, Steve has played for Canada in the Men's over 35 world team competition. In 1982 he won the Alberta Open Men's Singles title. He has also taught tennis at various clubs in Calgary including: The Calgary Tennis Club, The Tennis Academy and the Glenmore Racquet Club.
Mike Smith has spent his career in the oil and gas investment business, focusing on sales adn research activiites. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Alberta (1980) and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the University of Virgina (1988).
He is currently a Director of the Calgary Golf and Country Club and has been a previous Board Member of Hospice Calgary and the Mount Royal Community Association.
His interests include tennis, golf, cycling and skiing. He also enjoys photography and travel and has been an avid tennis player and fan for over 40 years.
Tennis Canada Representative
HATEM McDADI, Senior Vice-President Development, Tennis Canada
Hatem McDadi was has been senior vice-president, tennis development since 2012. He joined Tennis Canada as director of player development in 1999 and moved to become the vice-president, tennis development in 2004. McDadi came from the private sector where he was the co-founder of top Canadian Tennis Academy and director / part owner of Club Management Group (CMG) Tennis Inc., a tennis club management company based in Brampton, Ontario that ran two indoor clubs and a number of outdoor summer community clubs.
McDadi is responsible for all facets of sport development including high performance, coaching, community, facilities, wheelchair, officiating and competitive structure. A key liaison with the provincial tennis associations, McDadi has been part of a team that helped in the development of Tennis Canada’s strategic plan that has seen historic growth in high performance results, community and club participation.
A certified Level IV coach, McDadi was a member of the Canadian coaching team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when the team of Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau captured the gold medal. He also served as Daniel Nestor’s and Rene Simpson’s personal coach over the years. McDadi was Canada’s Fed Cup coach from 1992-98. He was awarded the Coaching Excellence Award by Tennis Canada in 1997.
On the court, McDadi reached a career high No. 226 on the ATP singles ranking and No. 188 in doubles. As a junior, McDadi captured the U18 Boys Outdoor National Singles Championship in 1982. He claimed the U18 Boys National Indoor Doubles Championship with Peter Straub in 1981 and again in 1982 with partner Chris Pridham. McDadi was ranked among the Top 10 players in Canada from 1983-88.
McDadi, and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Streetsville Ontario with their three children, India, Bodi and Kye.
Danny Da Costa
Danny Da Costa joined the OSTEN&VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre in September 2015 as General Manager. Danny brings a wealth of experience in tennis development, event & facility management and sport-executive leadership.
Danny Da Costa served as Squash Canada’s Executive Director for a five-year period, where he led the largest growth period in the organization’s 100-year history. His achievements include leading the bidding, planning and execution of the largest squash tournament ever held in Canada, $700,000 2014 SHOP.CA Women’s World Team Squash Championship as Championship Director. He overhauled the high performance structure at Squash Canada, creating a National Centre of Excellence, hired international renowned coaches who improved national team performances. Danny also led the rebranding of Squash Canada, revolutionized the officiating structure and under his leadership, significantly improved Squash Canada's organizational financial performance. Danny was also a session member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Prior to his role with Squash Canada, Danny was a tennis professional for a 15-year period working in a variety of leadership roles across Canada. His experiences include: Tennis Director and Head of Junior Development at White Oaks Resort & Spa; Executive Director of Tennis Newfoundland & Labrador; Tennis Director & General Manager of Greenbelt Tennis Club as well as Technical Director of Tennis Saskatchewan. Danny has led 5 Tennis Canada National High Performance Tennis Development Centres in his career and served as a Team Ontario, Prairie & Atlantic Touring Coach for over a 10-year period. He has also coached in high profile events such as the Ontario Summer Games, 2003 Western Canada Games, Atlantic Tennis Championships, 2005 Canada Games and the 2002 U12 World Junior Tennis Championships where he led Canada to a 6th place finish. Danny also spent time working at an international tennis academy in Spain where he led the early development of Steven Diez #5 ranked player in Canada (career high #194 ATP in 2014).
Danny Da Costa can be reached at email@example.com or (587) 393 1604.
Membership & Marketing Manager
Casey eagerly joined the OSTEN&VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre as Membership and Marketing Manager after many years of anticipation for Alberta to have its own world-class tennis facility. Casey grew up playing competitive tennis in Alberta; however, at the young age of 14, she left her family behind in Calgary to move to Montreal for better tennis training opportunities, facilities, and competition.
Casey personally understands Alberta’s need for a tennis facility that meets the needs of both elite and recreational players. She has a passion to help current and future tennis players realize their dreams here in Calgary.
Moving around for tennis simultaneously led her to wonderful experiences, working in various sectors across Canada, the United States, and Spain, ultimately expanding her horizons and ways of thinking. In turn, these experiences motivated her to generate creative approaches to exceed international standards in all areas of her life.
Prior to working at OSTEN&VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre, Casey worked as a management consultant, with a focus on non-profit organizations and Family Offices. Her previous work experience includes various sectors across Canada, the United States, and Spain, with an emphasis on marketing and sales. Moving around for tennis simultaneously led her to wonderful experiences, for which she is extremely grateful and which have ultimately expanded her horizons and ways of thinking. In turn, these experiences have motivated her to generate creative approaches to exceed international standards in all of her work.
Casey volunteers with refugees with the Catholic Immigration Society of Calgary as a tutor/mentor, holds a Masters of International Development (Madrid, Spain) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX).
Casey Kennedy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (587) 393 1603.
Member Services Manager
Micaela Widmer joined the Alberta Tennis Centre in April 2016 after an 11-year athletic career in skeleton racing.
Having competed internationally at the World Cup level, Micaela knows what goes into producing elite athletes, and what kind of facilities are required to support these goals. She is passionate about active living and creating an environment that encourages movement of all kind, at all ages.
Micaela is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Calgary and is excited to learn more about the sport of tennis while ensuring that every guest of the Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre has an enjoyable experience. Micaela is proud to be a Fast and Female Ambassador, as well as an ambassador for Kidsport Calgary.
Charlie has been a tennis professional for over 25 years experience. He moved from the UK to Canmore in 2005 where he worked in Tennis Development, ran a high performance club and was a coach course facilitator for the Lawn Tennis Association.
Since moving to Canada, charlie has been working mainly in high performance and coach education. He has worked for all western provincial associations in high performance, spent 7 years with Tennis Alberta and most recently with Tennis BC in player development. He has traveled the world for national and international events and coach to players who have won national titles, represented Canada, gold medals in Western and Canada Games, achieved ATP and WTA rankings and copious number of provincial titles.
In 2008, he joined Tennis Canada's coaching development team as head course facilitator for Alberta. Running Instructor and Club Pro 1 courses in province and course facilitator for the Coach 2 course in Toronto. He chaired the national high performance working group and is currently on the advisory committee for the Tennis Professional Association. For a combination of player results and coach education, Charlie was awarded Tennis Alberta's Coach of the Year in 2009.
Charlie holds both level 3 qualifications from the UK, one in high performance and the other in development, he is also a Tennis Canada Coach 3 certified coach.
Charlie McLean can be reached at email@example.com or (587) 393 1605.
Luis Orlando Reyes
SUZANA SALES CAVALCANTE - (Performance Coach) – originally from Brazil, is an accomplished tennis player who holds 27 US collegiate records and was the most decorated female athlete in the U of West Florida’s history, winning four All-American selections and being named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Decade for the 2000s. In 2016, she was inducted into the University of West Florida’s Hall of Fame for numerous accomplishments, including being the finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2009, winning of the Arthur Ashe Award, and leading her team to the NCAA Tournament finals all 4 years of her career, including a national runner-up finish in 2007.
Furthermore, during her collegiate career, Suzana was honoured with the GSG Commissioner’s Trophy in 2008, which is the top individual honour in the conference, recognizing athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. She was also awarded two of the most prestigious awards in NCAA tennis: the James O’Hara Sergeant Sportsmanship Award and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award.
As a junior, Suzana was ranked among the Top 3 players in Brazil in every age category. She trained in Florida from the age of 12 with Patricio Apey (coach of Gabriela Sabatini) and represented Brazil internationally. Suzana competed in her first WTA event at age 13, receiving a wildcard into the Varig Classic. She later became a training partner of WTA Tour players Gabriela Sabatini, Mary Pierce, Mercedes Paz, Chandra Rubin and Samantha Smith. Suzana led the Brazilian team to victory over Argentina in the final of the South American Championships, defeating Paola Suarez (who reached a career-high in singles of #9 in the world in 2004 and #1 in world in doubles in 2002) in the final match.
Suzana is fluent in Portuguese, English & Spanish and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training from the University of West Florida. She was the assistant coach at University of West Florida and also taught tennis in tennis clubs in Missouri, Massachusets, Chile and Brazil. Suzana’s diverse skill set in international tennis coaching and traveling with young players, coupled with her strong high performance background, sports medicine rehabilitation, unique knowledge in the field of strength training is a unique combination of assets beneficial to junior development and high performance tennis players.
Suzana can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (587) 393-1600 ext. 1615.
Simon has been a tennis professional for over 25 years. For the last 5 years he worked at a High Performance Tennis Academy in the United States. There he coached players from various levels including ATP ranked players and National and International ranked juniors. Simon also worked as a traveling coach to such tournaments as the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and numerous ITFs.
Prior to moving to the USA Simon worked at the Granite Club in Toronto, Ontario. As well as working with the High Performance Juniors he also served as Tennis Director for all the club tournaments and ran adult clinics.
Simon holds his Tennis Canada - Coach 3 as well as Tennis Canada- Club Pro 2.
Simon was a top nationally ranked junior. He achieved a tennis scholarship to Mississippi State University. He played Pro Team Tennis in Germany for 3 years. He was also an ATP ranked doubles player.
Simon Lavery can be reached at email@example.com or (587)393-1600 x1618
Adam has been a tennis professional for 19 years. As a junior player he trained at The South West Tennis Academy, Somerset where he competed both nationally and internationally. He then attended The University of Wales, Cardiff for his BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and also his post graduate in Coaching Science. During his studies there he focused primarily on sports psychology and its application to working with elite performers as well as performance analysis.
Prior to moving to Canada he worked for 10 years at The David Lloyd Club, Cardiff where he ran the High Performance program. Junior players from this program competed for Wales at the International level and also won several National singles and doubles titles.
Since moving to Canada he has produced and worked with several players who have won junior provincial titles, been ranked No 1 in the Tennis Alberta rankings and Top 10 in Canada, qualified for nationals. He has experience traveling with players for national and international tournaments in North America and Europe.
Adam holds his level 2 qualification in high performance from the UK, his USPTR Professional qualification and is also a Tennis Canada Coach 2 certified coach.
Tom has been a Tennis Professional since he finished training at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida in 2009. He trained full time for over two years along side current top ranked ATP/WTA players.
Over the past seven years Tom has developed and worked with numerous Provincial Champions, had players selected for Tennis Canada National Camps, represent Alberta in the Western and Canada Summer Games and go onto NCAA Division 1 and 2 Universities.
Tom has traveled throughout North America and Europe for Provincial, National and International events. He was also a Tennis Alberta Provincial Coach, a coach at the 2013 U12 National Camp in Toronto, one of the coaches for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games and a graduated member of the Tennis Alberta mentoring program.
Tom is currently a Tennis Canada Coach 2, is completing the Coach 3 and has also completed the USPTR’s Junior Development certification.
Lauren joins OSTEN&VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre as a Tennis Professional. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she started to play competitive tennis at the age of 8. Her skills developed as she got older, and she traveled around the country to become a nationally ranked player. Once she broke into the top 75 rankings, she was scouted to play Divison 1 tennis at the University of North Carolina, where she was a two time recipient of the Academic All-American Award.
Lauren has a degree in Kinesiology as well as a fitness and health certificate from the University of Wollongong in Australia. She has a USPTA Certification along with NSCA and AFLCA Personal Training Certifications. Her education, background and experiences give her the necessary skills to coach players at any level on and off the court.
Lauren moved to Calgary in 2012 as a dual citizen, where she had been anxiously waiting for the opening of a world class tennis facility. Her passion, eagerness and love for the game are visible in the way she coaches. She strongly believes Alberta has the capabilty to produce top tennis players, and is excited to work with these athletes and help them see their potential.
Prior to working at the Tennis Centre, she worked as the Personal Training Manger for Fifth Avenue Club and as the Development Manager for the MS Society of Canada. In her spare time, Lauren loves to hike the gorgeous Canadian Rocky Mountains, coach "little-league" football and attempt to learn this game called hockey. She also volunteers at the Calgary Humane Society, the Society for Treatment of Autism and the Calgary Food Bank.
Adult & Progressive Tennis Coordinator
Diana began working in tennis 15 years ago when moving to a small town in Alberta from South Africa. She saw a need for organized tennis activities in her new town and country, and with her passion, dedication, and hard work she grew the club from only a handful of members to more than 180 adults and children actively playing tennis. She instructed all junior and adult programs and continued to promote the community’s tennis participation through running tournaments, leagues and junior events. She grew interest in the sport and so expanded her sought after coaching into neighbouring towns.
In 2012, she joined the coaching staff at World Health Tennis Club in Calgary as Tennis Professional and Junior Progressive Tennis Coordinator, where she continued to grow her skills and experience in progressive tennis and U12 competitive tennis. She currently works with a team of coaches to lead and deliver a high quality successful progressive tennis program following LTAD Tennis Canada curriculum.
She currently leads the U10 Competitive tennis program, assists in U12 – U18 High Performance training groups, teaches private and semi-private lessons, and assists with the organization and running of provincial junior tournaments.
Diana has also travelled as Tennis Alberta provincial coach several times, leading provincial teams of U10 and U12 players to compete within the province as well as against BC.
She joins OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre in May 2016 where she is excited to keep working in junior development, continue growing the game of tennis by helping recreational and competitive players move through the Progressive tennis pathway.
Diana currently holds a Tennis Canada Club Pro 1 certification.