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.
Assistant Manager : Damian Vejnovic:
Damian is the Fixtures Coordinator and Assistant Manager at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre. He comes from a strong tennis playing family in Brisbane and has years of experience organizing and competing in tennis events. Damian is now giving back the passion he has for the game of tennis and his knowledge of tennis products and gear. Damian has recently graduated from University with a Bachelor in Forensic can now be found in the Pro Shop administering our tennis programs.
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.
Squad Coordinator : Jon Tregidgo
Jon Tregidgo is the Squad Coordinator at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre for the past 3 years. He has taken children to State Tournaments all over Queensland, and is passionate about getting juniors involved in Tournament play. Jon has over 20 years of Tennis Coaching experience. Before joining us in Brisbane, he worked overseas in the U.S.A, U.K and New Zealand. Jon has many years of developing internationally ranked juniors players including at the ITF level. Jon does private lessons and works with our Squads and Tournament Players.
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.
Clayfield College Coach : Pettina Smith
Pettina has been a professional coach and physical trainer at a number of locations across Brisbane. Recently she has begun working with the Clayfield College teams across the QGSSSA competition and Andrews Cup. Pettina now runs a large Hot Shots Program out of the Clayfield College Courts and a successful Hot Shots League on Friday afternoons. Along with organizing Clayfield’s Teams and HPE lessons, Pettina can be found doing the Cardio Tennis and private lessons at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre.
Program Administrator: Robyn White
Robyn is the newest member of our team. Since moving to Brisbane, Robyn has worked at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre working on the administration of our Super League Teams and the Pro Shop. She has a great knowledge of tennis products and programs. Robyn has a Bachelor in Sports Adminstration and spends her time working on our club events.
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.
Schools and Events Manager : Scott Beckingsale
Scott is the School Tennis and Events Manager for the Tennis Gear Tennis Centre’s and Schools. He is involved heavily at all of our school-based tennis programs organizing tennis coaching, tennis clinic’s, promotions, tournaments and mutli-sport clinics. Scott is able to provide opportunities for kids at school to be involved with tennis. Scott’s main focus is to grow the game in our community. He enjoys working with PE teachers, Principals and Sports Masters to get our communities linked in with tennis. This has seen a large number of venues linking back to Tennis Gear Tennis Centre’s. Scott is also a fully qualified personal trainer and has worked with junior development developing speed, strength, movement and other physical attributes of the game.
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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