Owner / Director : Mark Bloomfield
Mark is the owner and operator of Tennis Gear, a tennis centre management company that operates four of Queensland’s largest and most successful tennis centres – Everton Tennis Centre, Shaw Park, Morningside and Roy Emerson Tennis Centre. All centre’s boast premier tennis pro-shops, offering the best customer service and highest level of tennis equipment knowledge. Mark has recently been appointed as the President of Tennis Queensland. A former President of Tennis Brisbane, Mark has proven results in growing the game of tennis and business acumen. Mark and his staff have a passion for the future of success of tennis and delivering a first class tennis centre management operation to the tennis community in Brisbane.
Director of Coaching and Manager : Gareth Keating
Gareth has returned to Brisbane after 11 years playing and coaching overseas. After a strong junior career in Queensland, he was awarded a scholarship in the USA to play 4 years of Div 1 College tennis. After completing a Business degree, Gareth worked for 5 years coaching at a high performance academy in Nice, France. Recently Gareth has worked as a travelling/touring coach for some of the top doubles players in the world, travelling to the Grand Slams and other pro tournaments. A recognised “Talent Development Coach”, Gareth is now responsible for all of the Tennis Gear coaching programs: at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre, Morningside Tennis Centre, Roy Emerson Tennis Centre and the Everton Tennis Centre.
Gary Ward: Business Development Manager
Gary is a recent addition to the Tennis Gear team and is responsible for growing and developing all areas of the business. Gary has a strong history of working with children and has 15+ years of experience as a Kindergarten teacher. He also has a keen interest in sport having worked as Football Development Officer for New Zealand Football. Tennis Gear is excited and lucky to have Gary and his wide range of skills and experience onboard.
Damian Roberts: Coach and Development Manager.
Centre Manager: Robyn White
Robyn is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Shaw Park Tennis Centre. She has an extensive knowledge of all of our coaching programs at Shaw Park and all associated school programs. Robyn is responsible for organising and running all of the Super League fixtures competitions at the centre as well as the weekly Fast 4 competition. If you need information about anything at all to do with the Shaw Park Tennis Centre Robyn is the person to see. Robyn has also completed a Bachelor of Sports Tourism Management and is an invaluable addition to the Tennis Gear team.
Hot Shots Coordinator: Dominic Andrew
Dom is the Hot Shots Coordinator at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre. He is responsible for leading an experienced coaching team, the Hot Shots Rally Awards, designing lesson plans, progressions and Hot Shots Leagues. In 2014, Dom was recognized by Tennis Queensland as the Hot Shots Coach of the Year. Shaw Park has one of the largest and most successful Holiday Tennis Clinics in Australia thanks to some great organization and planning by Dom that caters for up to 90 children per day. Dom has been a full time coach for over 15 years and earned a Level 2 qualification in 1995. Previously, Dom was the Manager and Head Coach at the State tennis centre at Milton. He regularly invests his time researching all aspects of tennis, especially varied teaching methods and latest innovations used by pros in their technique.
Adult Coordinator : Neil Hickey
Neil has over 30 years of coaching experience and he is a qualified level 2 coach. Neil was a top 10 singles player in Queensland and also Queensland’s number two doubles player in his competitive years. He has played doubles with a lot of Australia’s great tennis players including Mal Anderson and Ashley Cooper. Neil is in charge of the Shaw Park Tennis Centre Adult Social Program. He has built up a number of adult social programs on Monday and Thursday mornings and Friday nights. Neil is one of Queensland’s most experienced professional tennis coaches and his knowledge and experience continues to benefit a range of players. Neil does a large number of adult and junior private lessons.
Squad Coach : Jonathon Bell
Jonny has been with Tennis Gear since he was 2 years old! Originally picking up a racquet at the Everton Tennis Centre 16 years ago. He is from a strong sporting background playing high level AFL until he was 15. Jonnie then focused on tennis where he became a strong tournament player (with wins over top 100 Australians) and won the 2013 GPS premiership at Nudgee College. He has travelled all over Australia playing tournaments and also travelled to New Caledonia to compete in a French money tournament. He is now completing a bachelor of exercise science and business at QUT. Jonny is now a qualified coach, loves working with kids and has been coaching for the last three years with us.
Squad Coach : John Stoddart
John has been a professional coach for the past 20 years. He played at the highest level competing at the Australian Open – winning a round and losing to Pat Cash. After an amazing junior and adult career as a tennis playing professional, John turned his hand to coaching. He has coached and managed commercial programs in Hong Kong, and is commited to growing the game at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre. John also spent two years as Head Pro of the Lismore Tennis Centre. He has a good track record of producing high level tournament players, as demonstrated by his son who is in the top 5 player in Australia for 14 and Under. John is a recognized Talent Development Coach for Tennis Australia and can now be found developing juniors and organising the Adult Coaching Nights at Shaw Park.
Coach : Pettina Smith
Pettina has been a professional coach and physical trainer at a number of locations across Brisbane. Pettina is heavily involved in all areas of our coaching at Shaw Park. She is always in high demand for both private and Hot Shots coaching and is always a big hit with both the kids and parents.
Coach: Taylor Madgwick
Taylor is a fantastic product of the Shaw Park and Everton Tennis Centre’s. He grew up playing tennis with us at a junior level and has developed into a strong player and awesome coach. Taylor is a qualified Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach and still compete’s around Queensland playing tournaments. He is involved heavily with our junior programs at the school locations and Padua College Teams.
Coach : Frank Hunjas
Frank is a qualified Junior Development Coach after learning his trade under some of Queensland’s best coaches. He has a great passion for tennis as well as a variety of other sports including AFL and Cricket. Currently he splits his time between organising fixtures teams at the front counter, working at the Pro Shop, or on court coaching at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre. After completing his double degree in Sports Science and Psychology he wishes to work with some of Australia’s athletes in improving their own games, physically and mentally.
Coach : Matthew Webb:
Matt is a Tennis Australia qualified coach and has a background in cricket and tennis played at Villanova College in Brisbane. He was guided and coached as a junior under our own coach Ross Orford. Matt is dividing his time coaching between the Shaw Park Tennis Centre and the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre and attending University where he studies Business. He has developed a strong following of juniors across both venues and Clayfield College. Matt coaches the Clayfield girl’s teams and led them to a regional victory where they played at the 2013 Brisbane International.
Other Key Tennis Gear Staff
Tennis Gear Retail Manager : Shane Mikic
Shane began working with Everton Tennis in 2003. His role as Retail Manager involves the administration of our retail operation and staffing, as well as coordinating our fixture programs. He began his tennis working life in Townsville where he was employed as a tennis coach. After his move to Brisbane he worked in retail while continuing to work as a coach and a restringer. We are very proud to have Shane working for Tennis Gear, his tennis knowledge and stringing ability is second to none. Shane is a regular participant in the local open tennis tournaments, is a member of the USRSA and well known in the tennis community for his extensive knowledge of tennis equipment and string. Shane has been a member of the Wilson Global Stringing Team since 2010 and strings at the Australian Open and US Open each year.
Accounts Administrator : Shane Gordon
Shane brings a wealth of experience to his Accounts position having complete a Bachelor in Commerce. He is a customer service specialist for all of our Tennis Centre’s and keeps our operations running smoothly. His role is to prioritise ensuring your fortnightly payments are correct. Shane can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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