2014 Australian Grand Slam® Coaches’ Conference
A record number of 310 coaches and industry professionals attended the 2014 Australian Grand Slam Coaches’ Conference held at Melbourne Park from 9-12 January.
We welcomed delegates from all across Australia and all corners of the globe to the largest meeting of industry professionals in the Asia/Pacific region. With a world class line up of speakers, delegates enjoyed a four day event featuring on and off court presentations, practical workshops, networking, social events and of course the Australian Open Grand Slam!
Delegates were thrilled with the line-up of over 30 speakers which included tennis greats, Toni Nadal, Sven Groeneveld, Roger Rasheed, Judy Murray and the great Rod Laver. Inspirational and informative presentations from international entrepreneur Graham Webb MBE and renowned psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg gave delegates some great “take away” messages and reinvigorated the delegates to start the year with new goals and aspirations for themselves and their businesses.
“This was my first Coaches Conference and I was very impressed by the quality and variety of presentations. It was great to see Toni Nadal, his drills and his insights into elite coaching, but it was also heartening to hear from Graham Webb who I found so inspirational. The conference offered ideas both on and off the court and I feel that I am a better coach for having participated. Will be back for sure!” said Bill Walter, Junior Development coach from Adelaide, SA.
The event closed with an enjoyable evening at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. Delegates got the chance to have their photos taken with the Australian Open trophies and have a laugh with Australia’s favourite comedian, Dave “Hughesy” Hughes. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on priceless sporting memorabilia and event opportunities at the Silent Auction including a package to the Australian Open Men’s final. Almost $7,000 was raised at the Silent Auction with all proceeds going to the Australian Tennis Foundation Charity providing those who have limited opportunities to participate in tennis to improve their health, build confidence and self-esteem, to learn respect, honesty, teamwork and sportsmanship.
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Plans are underway for the 2015 conference, with the dates set for 15-18 January 2015!
We are excited to confirm our first speaker for 2015 – Nick Bolliteri! Nick is one of the most influential people in the world of tennis. Founding the Nick Bolliteri Tennis Academy in Florida in 1978, Nick has used his method to coach ten #1 players in the world including Agassi, Becker, Hingis and the Williams sisters – just to mention a few!