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Class Instructors

Winter 2018 Class Instructors

Meet some of the experienced, knowledgeable and friendly instructors who will be leading classes during the Winter 2018 season!

Tennis Fitness

Name: Peter Sutcliffe 

●     Tennis Canada Certified Coach

●     USPTA Certified Developmental Coach

●     Former Quebec Junior Champion

●     Played NCAA Division 1 for Virginia Tech

●     Played Challenger Satellite Circuit

Peter is the Head Coach at the Rideau Sports Centre. He was previously the Head Tennis Professional at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club for over 10 years. He has extensive experience as a tennis Canada Certified Coach and USPTA development coach​, including over 16 years in competitive player development. ​He​ is former Quebec ​junior champion and #5 junior in Canada. He also played NCAA Division 1 for Virginia Tech and competed on the satellite circuit. His unique coaching methods integrate match strategy and tactics into all his training routines.

Relevant Experience:

●      2011-2014 - President of the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC)

●      2003-2008 - President of the National Capital Tennis Association (NCTA)

●      2004 and 2005 - Tournament Chair of the Under 14 Canadian Nationals at the OTLBC.

Member Feedback:

“I met Peter about 1.5 years ago when I became a member of the OTLBC. I’ve taken some private lessons as part of a small group. Peter is a gifted teacher in many ways. My overall impression of him is outstanding. One can tell he has a vast knowledge base and experience with tennis. His enthusiasm and his vitality show in every lesson he gives. His teaching style is powerful, yet very fun and extremely effective. His communication skills are always very positive and easy to understand.

“He is one of the few individuals that I know is passionate about growing the game of tennis. I’ve seen him putting in countless hours of lessons and it seems he always finds time to reach out a hand to help anyone looking to get involved with the sport. You can tell from talking to people that they enjoy spending time on and off the court with him. He seems to truly enjoy mentoring and bringing new people into the sport of tennis. He just loves to see people enjoy playing tennis.”

Name: Nick Patterson

He received Tennis Canada Certification in 1980 and has been teaching tennis on a part-time/full time basis for 36 years.  Has taught tennis for the National Tennis School, along with several tennis clubs in the area such as the OTLBC, Rideau Tennis Club, OAC, TCWO and the Carleton University Tennis Centre

Highlights of Tennis Career: Junior and Senior Champion in both singles and doubles at OTLBC, Rideau Tennis Club, St. James Tennis Club and RA Centre Tennis Club

Education: Received his B.SC at Dalhousie University. Also U18 City of Ottawa Boys Doubles Champion

Favorite Professional Tennis Player: Roger Federer

Name: Rick Lavois

Rick began playing tennis at 3 years old and by the age of 11 was ranked 2nd in Canada in the U12 age category.  From then on he represented Ottawa at the Canadian Nationals Tournament for every age category until he left Canada for the United States on a tennis scholarship. Rick began teaching tennis at the age of 16 during the summer months at various clubs in Ottawa and once he completed his degree he transitioned to working as a full-time professional at the Ottawa Athletic Club. Rick thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge and 32+ years of experience with students of all ages and levels of play.

Court Volleyball "How To" Skills, Drills & Play

Name: Matti Corriveau

Mathieu is a huge volleyball enthusiast who loves to play and teach the game. Growing up in Toronto, he learned to play volleyball through a volleyball skills clinic and eventually went on to play for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and Algonquin College Thunder! Combined with a Human Kinetics and Strength and Conditioning background, Mathieu will equip participants with the necessary tools to elevate their game to the next level!

Name: Dave Nordsveen

He started playing volleyball in grade 5 at the age of 10yrs old. Made the starting lineup for the Swift Current Comp HS Junior team (grade 9 & 10) and then the Senior team (grade 11 & 12). Has played competitively in several major cities (Vancouver, Regina, Halifax, Tampa Bay, etc) and won league titles on a few occasions.

Joined the Canadian Armed Forces base team and helped win the Prairie Regionals (with Shilo ’07 & Moose Jaw ’10). Instructed for HSSC (Halifax Sport & Social Club). Assistant Coach for the Mavericks high performance program (2015-2017 seasons) and achieved his Level 1 Referee certification in 2017.

Name: Otto Semajuste

A self professed volleyball fanatic. He has a passion for the game of volleyball and really enjoys sharing it with other people. Played for the CEGEP De L'Outaouais Griffons for a few years and presently still plays within some of the most competitive leagues within the city.

Name: Mozy Abdoli

He has played volleyball for about ten years with the Kangaroos, Fusion and the Mavericks. Also played on Team Ontario. Played three years at Algonquin and a former captain of the Algonquin's college men's volleyball team.  Graduated in Fitness and Health at Algonquin.

Name: Rania

Rania began playing volleyball in high school and hasn't looked back since. Her passion for the game has enabled her to achieve true excellence in sport. For her, volleyball is a way of life! Rania began coaching and fell in love with the opportunity to pass on her years of knowledge to others and help them develop their own passion for the sport.

Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skate Skiing

Name: Jodi Bigelow

He has a lifestyle and and outdoor sport performance coaching background. As an athlete Jodi has competed in alpine and nordic skiing events during the winters. In the summermonths he has been a member of the Canadian wildwater kayaking team, competing in several world championships. After discovering Stand up Paddling (SUP) on a trip in Maui, he has since been spreading the sport of SUP in the Ottawa - Gatineau Region. 

Salsa

 

Names: Maria & Stephane

They have been teaching for nearly ten years. Their dance teaching technique has proven to give results in Salsa, Merengue and Bachata from beginner to advanced level dancers, covering the various Latin dance styles. For social dancing, performances, competition, or just for fun, their group or private classes will help you learn in a fun and enjoyable environment.  

Maria was born and raised in Mexico. She started to dance Salsa with the troupe of a gifted dancer, Jose Enrique, from Los Angeles. He was at the time the number one leader in Salsa dancing who introduced the L.A. style in Mexico City. Her past performances include shows for world renowned artists such as Mark Anthony, Eddie Palmieri and La India.

Stephane was born and raised in Montreal. He learned and trained with Montreal and New York's best Salsa dancers in the New York Mambo style such as Eddy Torres, Santo Rico, Saltimambo, San Tropez Dance School and many others. He has performed for the Montreal Jazz Festival and for the Montreal Just for Laugh Festival, Tito Puente and in various television productions. 

Maria and Stephane blended their style together. A winning formula that made them win many national level competitions. From Montreal they moved to Edmonton, where they implemented and popularised the New York and L.A. style Salsa. Since 2004 they have been operating dance schools, training outstanding dancers, creating choreographies and giving performances. Today in Ottawa, they care about sharing this passion for Latin dances with those who want to join this enthralling activity that is SALSA dancing.