Mark started tennis at 7 years of age and found his love of the game when moving to Canberra at 11 years old. He went on to represent the ACT in "Pizzey & Bruce" cups and has played competition to the highest level in Canberra for nearly 20 years. Mark also spent 12 months trying to make it as a professional tennis player before realising that there was a greater purpose for him in tennis which he found in spreading his love of the game. Mark has since devoted his working life to coaching and running one of Canberra's most successful and established coaching businesses.
In the 25 years since forming 'Canberra School of Tennis', Mark has coached players of all ages and also taught many of Canberra’s leading coaches. Mark has had numerous students attain the Tennis ACT National Academy scholarship holder status including Amery & Imogen Clews, Mwigga Kippaya, Patrick Willemborek, as well as other students being accepted in the US for tennis Scholarships.
Mark has a Bachelor's Degree in Banking, Finance & Commerce, and is a fully accredited Tennis Australia Coach. Mark won the Tennis ACT 'Coach of the year' award in 2015 & runs Tennis Australia endorsed programs including Hotshots, Cardio & in schools programs.
Mark still has the same passion he had when starting his coaching career, and his motto, “Tennis, The Game for Life” encapsulates his philosophy for coaching. Mark can often be found on the court with his highly engaging, energetic and vibrant coaching style.
Robert began playing tennis at the age of 8 after watching his brother play.
After a year and a half off sports due to a hip disease (Perthes Disease) he fell in love with the game very quickly as he met new friends & enjoyed the 1 on 1 competitiveness Tennis brings.
He then started to play local Friday night competitions & Junior Pennants with some great success.
After having some success in local events Robert was invited to the ACT State Squads for 2 years.
Robert was coached and mentored by Mike Ahearn and Mark Walton.
Mike now lives on the Gold Coast and runs his own Tennis Coaching programs at Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club while Mark is still Manager and Head Coach of CSoT.
Robert began his coaching career in 2002 as a junior coach working after school and on weekends. His love for the game as well as coaching led to him making a career out of doing the job he loves.
Robert attained his Tennis Australia Club Professional qualifications in 2011, Tennis Australia Qualified Member, ANZ Tennis Hotshots deliverer & Fitbit Cardio Tennis Coach.
As a vital member of Canberra School of Tennis he has helped redevelop all CSoT programs including our 'Tennis in Schools' Program.
Robert has been nominated for the prestigious Tennis ACT Club Coach of the year multiple times and in 2015 he won the Coaching Excellence in ANZ Hotshots at the Tennis ACT Awards.
Robert was also awarded for the development of high performance athlete James Williams who then moved on to hold a Tennis ACT National Academy Scholarship. He considers this as one of his biggest highlights of his coaching career.
Robert is currently the Head Coach of The Pines Tennis Club in Chisholm where he has been the Head Coach since 2012. He delivers programs for all ages including ANZ Hotshots, Hotshots Play, Colour Ball Squads, Colour Ball Leagues, Cardio Tennis & Adult Technique sessions.
Robert is striving to see participation in the Tuggeranong Valley improve as there are limited amount of tennis available in the area.
Joe has been coaching for over 10 years and in 2009 obtained his Tennis Australia Club Professional coaching qualification. Joe's strength is the development of the younger junior players although he loves all aspects of coaching and has developed players of an elite standard.
Joe bring a wide ranging and well rounded approach to tennis coaching having had experience with many sports including; Indoor and outdoor Cricket, Basketball, Cycling and Soccer. His experience of being more involved with tennis later in life gives him a valuable insight into the development of the skills needed to develop as a tennis player.
Joe is a Head Coach at Weston Creek Tennis Club running both Wilson Pee Wee and Tennis Australia Hotshots program deliverer.
Joe has an outgoing personality on court and can often be heard encouraging his students and always keeping them 100% engaged. Joe loves keeping it 'fresh and fun’ and his goal for each player is to achieve their own personal best every time they step on court.