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Board of Directors

Julio El Akl – President ATPCA

Julio is an ATPCA Master Professional Level 3 qualified tennis coach and a former tour player. He is highly appraised as a Presenter by Tennis Australia and became President of the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association in 2009. Julio also manages the coaching team at Four Seasons Tennis School working with advanced and elite students.

As a specialist in the training and assessment of tennis coaches he is very well known in the tennis coaching industry. He presents all of ATPCA on court courses in NSW and continues to mentor hundreds of coaches around the world via the ATPCA’s Distance Education program. Julio’s dedication, hard work and passion for tennis has encouraged hundreds of coaches to become qualified as part time coaches and many to commence their own full time coaching business.

Bob Giltinan – Vice President

Bob is the Vice President of the ATPCA, and holds its elite Master Professional Level 3 Coach qualification. As a former tennis professional, he represented Australia in the Davis Cup many times and was ranked 16th in the world in the early 1970s. From 1971-1973 he was conscripted for national service during the Vietnam War. After retirement from professional playing, Bob was appointed as the Australian Davis Cup Selector, National Selector and State Coach for NSW.

Bob has made many contributions to community and Government organisations. In 2000 he was awarded the National Sports Medal and in 2001 he was recognised as an international volunteer. In 2005 Bob was honoured for his services to the Davis Cup. He has held the lease on Giltinan’s Tennis Centre in North Manly (Sydney) for many years. By offering three different surfaces (and due to his status in the game) Bob has attracted many of the world’s best over the years to train at his courts. Pat Rafter was a regular visitor before returning to his native Queensland. Sandon Stolle also tuned up for Davis Cup matches there while Bob’s friends Phil Dent and Bjorn Borg have also put in on-court appearances. Bob is currently an active Warringah Shire Councillor.

Rhys Treasure – Managing Director

With no official playing background to speak of, Rhys has had a strong affiliation and interest in tennis his whole life. Rhys has a background in advertising, accounting, and business having undertaken academic study in these areas for some years. His other expertise lie in public speaking and, together with his management skills, Rhys is able to maximise benefits to the members and to the success of the Association. Rhys works primarily at ATPCA Head Office facilitating the requests of ATPCA’s State Course Presenters, whilst communicating the direction of the company to its other Directors. He is heavily focused on growing the ATPCA brand internationally, with partnerships established in many overseas countries already.

Don Champion – Secretary / Director

Don commenced his professional tennis coaching career after becoming an A Grade player in the Sydney metropolitan competitions. He resigned from the TCA in 1966 and then inaugurated an alternate, more progressive coach training Company that grew to the now renowned ATPCA.

He has had over 50 years of experience in tennis school management and over 40 years in coach training. At one stage he ran the largest tennis school organisation in the southern hemisphere (“Champions”) with 2000 pupils and 100 court locations in Sydney. He has trained many hundreds of coaches. Whilst expanding the tennis school, he also fitness instructed for 7 years in a gymnasium he established at Chatswood NSW, where talented tennis players were developed alongside the regular public program.

In 1994 he compiled and published the first Australian tennis coaches Manual (“Supercoach”) and, in 1999 took ATPCA to the absolute forefront of coach education by having ATPCA sanctioned as the sole Australian Sports Commission’s endorsed body for tennis coaches ahead of Tennis Australia (which had withdrawn from the ASC).

In 1997, together with another previous ATPCA director Phil Graf, Don assisted Government bodies to prepare competencies for tennis coaching. This then effectively precipitated a massive change in tennis coach education methods to the competency based procedures for ATPCA courses. He then arranged for ATPCA to become an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) approved by VETAB under the Australian Qualifications Framework. (The competency based system of coach education was subsequently adopted 3 years ago by Tennis Australia.) Don is a Level 3 ATPCA qualified coach and the ATPCA Secretary and RPL Assessor.

George Mimis

George is a talented high grade tennis player and athlete. Formerly a director of ATPCA during the nineties when he also was the principal presenter of coach training courses for ATPCA, he has now returned to provide us with the benefits of his subsequent vast sports management, marketing, media and promotion experience.

As founder and Managing Director of SFX Sports Group in Australia, he brings over 15 years experience in client management, sports marketing, and events to the company. George is now Rugby League’s most powerful player manager. With a commercial background in merchant banking, George has successfully managed the business affairs of many well known sports stars such as Pat Rafter, Gordon Tallis, Darren Lockyer and Billy Slater. George has top level relationships with sporting franchises, major media groups and sports sponsors. He has a continued passion and love for tennis.

Wayne Brumm

Wayne Brumm is an ATPCA Master Professional Level 3 coach and also the director and joint partner of the Pure Tennis Academy. He has been involved in playing and coaching tennis for over 30 years and has developed numerous junior players to a state junior ranking.

Wayne is also an advanced level 2 Club Professional with Tennis Australia and has also achieved previous advanced coaching qualifications with Tennis Coaches Australia and Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association. He has taught the game at all levels and mentored over a dozen junior players through to achieving their own coaching qualifications in past years. Wayne has extensive experience in setting up and managing tennis sites and operations in various locations. Wayne has also co-ordinated many overseas tennis tours and events with great success. He is the current owner of the award winning Ferny Hills Tennis centre which he has operated for the last 10 years.

Robert Casey

Rob Casey is a ‘Master Professional’ tennis coach with experience in coaching at all levels and in all situations. His Tennis School has been a leader in providing programmes from groups to tennis camps and tours; in coaching all ages from children to adults; and in all areas from individual training to club management programmes. Having played professionally on the world tour throughout the 70’s, Rob has also had success in international team coaching and management. Tennis Australia has appointed him to international junior teams and he has worked with senior international representative teams. In addition to his coaching activities Rob has expertise in tennis related areas. His reputation in tournament management is unparalleled in Western Australia and his coach education experience is also without peer in the state. Consultancy work is another area where Rob’s experience is in high demand. Rob currently manages and conducts ATPCA Coach Education in Western Australia.

David Bailey

David is a Tennis Footwork and Tennis fitness trainer and the creator of the Bailey method, a revolutionary way of learning, teaching and addressing  the various footwork movements involved in playing tennis. David hold a Bachelor of Physical Education and has worked with over 15 Glad Slam players, selling his DVD’s in 56 countries around the world. David has appeared as guest Lecturer at all of ATPCA previous Master Professional Level 3 courses. After years of study David has developed a unique insight into the application of footwork in todays modern game. He will open your eyes to a whole new realm of undiscovered coaching tools.

Michael Fox

Michael is a human resource specialist who focuses on performance issues and strategic planning with organisations and individuals on an international basis.He entered University on an Athletic Scholarship and subsequently became a National Science Research Fellow in Psychology. After graduating with honours at U.C.L.A., he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Michael came to Australia as a Research Scholar at the Australian National University. He taught at the University and conducted research into aspects of performance and stress. While working as an academic for the next 15 years, he began working as a private consultant with a speciality in performance enhancement and game planning. In tennis, Michael has worked with Davis Cuppers from four different countries, as well as Olympians and other elite athletes in numerous sports. He has toured with golfers and tennis players internationally. He has served as the Sports Psychology Consultant to the Australian Sports Medicine Foundation Clinic, has been a long-term writer for Tennis Magazine and was the screenwriter and psychological consultant on films dealing with John McEnroe, Pat Cash and others.

Colin Mander

Colin Mander is a Master Professional Level 3 coach who has coached in Adelaide for many years. As a player and as a coach, Colin has enjoyed success at the highest State level.

This experience, together with Colin’s extensive background in finance and accounting, has afforded him opportunities to work at executive administration levels with Tennis NT and Tennis Seniors SA. He has also directed regular National ranking point’s tournaments and is currently an Executive Member of the Glenelg District Tennis Association.

Barbara Champion

An expert in finance management, communications, bookkeeping, and with extra language skills, Barbara brings an International flair to the Committee. She ensures overseas demands for the ATPCA courses, particularly the distance education training, are handled effectively and she co-ordinates the ATPCA’s electronic processes for all members. Her background in the printing field, provides considerable assistance to ATPCA in the preparation of educational and other documents requiring speciality production.

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