2016 Speakers

Naomi Simson
Naomi Simson
You may know Naomi Simson from her role as the ‘Red Shark’ on Network TEN’s Shark Tank Australia, or as the bestselling author of Live What You Love, but she has many labels: entrepreneur, author, blogger, innovator and a passionate individual, to name a few. She founded Australian tech-success story RedBalloon in 2001. The company has now served close to 3 million customers. Naomi is a LinkedIn influencer, with almost 900,000 followers reading her thoughts on leadership and well-being. Her personal motto is “If it is meant to be, it is up to me.” Naomi is, by definition, a true Australian entrepreneur.
Roger Crawford
Roger Crawford
Before Roger Crawford inspired others on Centre Stage he achieved phenomenal success on Centre Court – despite a physical challenge affecting all four limbs. Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “One of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world”. He has lived out the principles of perseverance, unshakable optimism and overcoming adversity. Roger has featured on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNBC and his life was the basis for an Emmy Award winning movie entitled ‘In the New Light’.
Patrick Mouratoglou
Patrick Mouratoglou
Patrick is the current coach of World Number One player, Serena Williams. Founding the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (Nice, France) in 1996, Patrick has worked with many players including Grigor Dimitrov (ATP #11), Jeremy Chardy (ATP #29), Aravane Rezai (Former WTA #15), Yanina Wickmayer (Former WTA #12) and Marcos Baghdatis (Former ATP #8). Patrick is the founder and president of the ‘Champ’seed Foundation and a TV Consultant for Eurosport.
Simon Wheatley
Simon Wheatley
Simon works for the LTA as Talent Performance coordinator in the South West of England. His roles are to implement a talent ID system in the area and ensure the best clubs coaches and players are supported. He also delivers some coach education courses for the LTA mainly in technical development and 12 & under player development. He has written 3 resources on mini tennis and also authored the 'developing the serve resource for 10 & under'. He has also written a resource on the biomechanics of the serve with age and gender guidelines. He has been a performance coach for over 10 years working in British tennis.
Darren Burgess
Darren Burgess
Dr. Darren Burgess is currently the High Performance Manager of Port Adelaide Football Club. Darren has had previous roles as the head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club, Head of Sports Science for Football Federation of Australia and in Strength and Conditioning with the Sydney Swans. He has also been the Fitness Coach for the Australian Soccer Team as well as their video analyst prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Darren has lectured in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University and has completed his PhD in Movement Analysis of AFL and Soccer.
Severine Tamborero
Séverine Tamborero
Séverine Tamborero is the Director of High Performance Clubs and U10 Talent Development for Tennis Canada. Séverine is the co-author of the book “La performance à quell prix?” to help coaches, athletes and parents in the pathway to excellence. Séverine has over ten years’ experience within Wheelchair Tennis having coached the Canadian High Performance Wheelchair Program & coaching the team at three Paralympic Games. In 2006 Séverine was named International Wheelchair Tennis Coach of the year for her outstanding contributions to wheelchair tennis at an international level.

Allistair McCaw
Allistair McCaw
Allistair is an internationally recognized leader in the field of athletic performance enhancement. His well-proven method of athlete training, ‘The McCaw Method’, has set the standard for providing world class athletes and coaches with cutting-edge training techniques, products and knowledge. A fitness expert with over 17 years’ experience, Allistair has trained a host of world champion athletes including Grand Slam Tennis champions, PGA Golfers and Olympians. Allistair’s expertise in movement & agility training has seen both the world number 1 player’s in Tennis and Squash seek his guidance. He also contributes articles to various magazines on performance enhancement training, motivation and mindset.
Ivan Ljubicic2
Ivan Ljubicic
Ljubicic received a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 3. Ljubicic started his fame at the 2005 Davis Cup. He finally clinched victory for his country, defeating America's No. 1 player and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick in five sets. In 2007, Ljubicic was elected as the European player representative on the ATP board, becoming one of the few active players to serve on the ATP Board of Directors. As a result of his performance in the Paribas Open Masters 1000 tournament in 2010, in which he defeated three top-10 players—Djokovic (No. 2) in the quarterfinals, Nadal (No. 3) in the semifinals, and Roddick (No. 8) in the final—he broke into the top 20 in the rankings for the first time in nearly two years. Ljubicic later became Canadian player Milos Raonic's coach and Czech Top 10 player Tomas Berdych's manager. More recently Ljubicic was hired as the coach of former World No.1 Roger Federer.
Mike Barrell
Mike Barrell
Based in the UK, Mike has taught tennis for over 25 years working with players of all levels and is the Founder and CEO of evolve9. Mike has presented at numerous National and International conferences and authored magazine articles and manuals. He has worked on programs for USTA, Tennis Australia, LTA (GB), Chinese Tennis Association and many other tennis nations including Holland, Norway ,Estonia, Cyprus and Hungary. Mike was the author of the ITF Tennis10s Manual and has a been a major contributor to Under 10 programs around the World. As well as his role as Director of evolve9, he also works for the LTA as a Coach Education Master Tutor, delivering coach education, certification and training. An LTA Level 5 Licensed Coach, he was also the 2007 PTR Professional of the Year.
Richard González
Richard Gonzalez
Richard is co -owner and director of the Topspin Tennis Academy Spain Castellon. He is also a tutor of international courses for the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Previously he was the Director of Tennis Development Uruguayan Tennis Association and was National Tennis program coordinator in schools in Uruguay. Richard has been a trainer of professional football players such as Sebastian Eguren, Diego Godin, Alexander Medina, among others. He also works as a physical fitness expert of Matthew Martinez, ranked No. 9 in the ITF junior rankings in 2012. He is also technical advisor to various national tennis federations in South America.
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Portrait of ATP Tour tennis player Neville Godwin of South Africa on May 26, 2002. (Photo by John Gichigi/ Getty Images)
Neville Godwin
Current coach of World #10 Kevin Anderson, who’s arguably having one of the best seasons on the ATP Tour. Himself a former ATP top 100 singles player from South Africa, Neville began playing tennis at age three with his two older brothers, Greg and Trevor. The South African Nationals 16s champion in 1990-91, Neville compiled an outstanding junior career, winning US Open doubles title and reaching the finals of Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 1993.
Judy Murray
Judy Murray
A former tennis player herself, Murray was the first coach of her two sons, Jamie and Andy. Andy has since won two Slam trophies and reached a career-high ranking of world No. 2, while Jamie is a top doubles player. She has been a national coach with the Lawn Tennis Association, worked with several tennis players throughout their careers, and is heavily involved with grassroots development. Captain of the British Fed Cup team since December 2011, she has said it’s a role she took partly to help grow the number of female coaches in Great Britain. She also is the founder of Set4Sport, a program created to help parents find easy and accessible ways to play with their children at an early age and develop the skills required for sports.


Belinda Kleverlann

Belinda Kleverlaan is the Executive Manager of Participation at Tennis Victoria, leading a team of 20 staff who service over 800 clubs and 165,000 players throughout Victoria. She is a dedicated sport management professional with experience at club, state and national level, including a previous role with Tennis Australia as National Programs Manager.

Kane Dewhurst

Kane Dewhurst is the Director of Vida Tennis which currently operates from 14 clubs, venues & schools in Victoria, Australia seeing in excess of 2000 active tennis players per week. Kane is a qualified Master Club Professional coach, a recognised Talent Development Coach who has coached multiple National title winners and had experience with WTA & ATP level players.

Dario Novak

Dr. Dario Novak is a research associate and lecturer at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He received his PhD in sports science from University of Zagreb in 2010. He is a postdoctoral fellow of Columbia University and Harvard University. Dario’s research interests lie in integrated and holistic approaches in the field of strength and conditioning in tennis. Dario has worked with several players including Borna Coric (ATP #46), Christina McHale (WTA #66) and Ivana Jorovic (#1 Serbia ITF Juniors) and is currently appointed as Scientific Advisor/Consultant within Donna Vekic’s (WTA #165) coaching team.

Todd Larkham

Todd Larkham grew up on the tennis court, at a centre managed by his parents from age 3. He began his coaching career at age 14, before managing the family’s tennis centre and then moving on to become Head Coach of the National Academy (ACT) in 2005. Todd also played professional tennis, achieving a career high ranking of 135 in August 2003. He has played Main Draw singles of every Grand Slam, making 2nd round of Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Todd has most recently been known as Nick Kyrgios’ coach, coaching the current world number 42 from ages 10 – 17, and again in late 2014 until June 2015.

Callum Beale

Callum Beale work’s for Tennis Australia as the National Academy & Talent Development Manager in New South Wales, Australia. Prior to this role Callum worked in a variety of positions for Tennis Australia such as the Coach & Talent Development Manager – NSW, and Athlete Development Manager in Perth. Callum has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Human Movement, is a Qualified High Performance Coach, and is currently completing his Masters in Business. As a player Callum achieved a professional ATP singles and doubles ranking and ‘All-American’ status in the US college tennis system. Callum has also worked with a number of top 10 players (ATP and WTA) as a training and hitting partner.

Carlos Cuadrado

A former professional tennis player, Carlos Cuadrado transitioned to coaching in 2006, after achieving a career high ranking of 222. He has coached a range of WTA Top 30 players, including Casey Dellacqua (WTA #82), Daniela Hantuchova (WTA # 76), Svetlana Kuznetsova (WTA #31) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (WTA # 34). Since 2012, Carlos has been a National Academy Coach at Tennis Australia, with a focus on improving athlete performance through a holistic training approach.

Piotr Unierzyski

Piotr Unierzyski has been working at the University of Physical Education in Poznan for 30 years whilst at the same time has coached and worked with players of all levels; from beginner level to professional. Among other appointments, Piotr was the Polish National Coach and ITF touring team coach. He has educated over 1400 coaches in over 20 countries and has been strongly involved in the Tennis10s and Play & Stay campaign in Poland and internationally since the campaign started.

Donato Campagnoli

Mr. Donato Campagnoli officially works for the Coach Education System (ISF) as a freelance technical consultant (being part of its scientific task force), as a Lecturer and is in charge for the development of international projects since 2014, unofficially since 2002. He is Level 4 certified since 2005 and within his past cooperation with FIT has worked hand in hand with experts like Paul Dorochenko (2002-2006), Prof. Bruce Elliott (2005-2008) and Prof. Richard Schmidt (2009). With a university background as a professional interpreter and a MBA on “Management and Economics of Sport”, he has been a coach for professional ATP players for several years.

Rocco Marinuzzi

Mr. Rocco Marinuzzi officially works as full-time for the Coach Education System (ISF) of FIT since 2012, being in charge of the tactical area. He is Level 4 certified since 2010 with, in addition, a Level 2 qualification as Physical Trainer in 2007. With a university degree in physical education in 2006 at the Institute of Physical Education in Rome, he got his graduation in Sport Management in 2009.

Michael Poulton

Michael is the AFL Competition & Stakeholder Manager. Michael’s role is to engage with the AFL Clubs specifically in relation to coaching, laws of the game, Match Review Panel, high performance management and football operations. The role incorporates the delivery of the AFL Senior Coach program, management of the High Performance Advisory group and Chair of the AFL Research Board.

Antoni Girod

After an experience of over fifteen years on court as a tennis coach (Professeur Level 2 in France), Antoni specialized in mental training and was an applied-psychology teacher for the Sports Science Department at the University of Montpellier for five years. Since 2007, he is an applied-psychology teacher at Sport University of Orleans. He is also a member of the educational team of the French NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing) Institute of Paris and, as a consultant for Halifax Consulting, works with major companies such as Safran, Saint Gobain or Hermès. He is a certified practitioner in sophrology and Ericksonian hypnosis.

Clint Fyfe

Clint is the Tennis Australia  Talent Development Manager in Queensland. Clint previously worked as a private coach, producing 8 National Singles Champions, and was a Tournament Director for numerous Pro Tour and Junior ITF events. He is a former winner of the National Talent Development Coaching Excellence Award, a 4-time finalist at the National Awards and 4-time winner of the Queensland Coaching Excellence Award.

David Sammel

David Sammel, Head Tennis Coach at TeamBath-MCTA, creator of Locker Room Power (LRP) and widely espected consultant across professional sport. David has over 25 years’ experience in world tennis, coaching international players to career high rankings who represented their countries in The Federation Cup, Davis Cup and the Olympics. David is an official ATP Coach member in recognition of his many years on tour. In the past he has been a regular contributor to interviews by the UK tennis media including BBC Radio 5, BBC local radio, The Times, SkySports and he is a contributing editor for Leaders in Performance and Tennishead Magazines.

Craig O’Shannessy

Craig  is an Australian tour coach and Director of the Brain Game – a sports science website that specializes in the video analysis of tennis matches that teaches the patterns of play that dominate our game. Craig is widely recognized as the world leader in teaching tennis tactics and is the strategy analyst for the ATP World Tour, WTA Tennis and the New York Times and Tennis Magazine. Craig has researched thousands of matches using his unique Dartfish Match Tagging software to unlock the secrets of our game and uncover the patterns and percentages that really matter. He teaches this knowledge through his website and also on court with players at all levels of the game.

Christophe Lambert

Having worked for many years within his own club in Marseille, Christophe has worked for multiple Federations, travelling with ATP/WTA players. From France, Christophe moved to the UK to work as National coach for the LTA for 6 years, followed by 2 years in China as the National team and Davis cup coach. In 2009, he transitioned to Tennis Canada as the Director of High Performance for the Atlantic region; and then the Head coach role at the National Tennis Centre in Toronto. In January 2015 Christophe returned to China to coach Davis cup player Li Zhe and is a consultant for the Tianjin Tennis Center.

Shane Dunne

Shane is the Consumer Strategy and Engagement Manager at the Richmond Football Club. He is responsible for building the strongest possible emotional connection with members and fans, which will ultimately deliver increased revenues through a bigger supporter base, more members and bigger crowds. This portfolio includes consumer strategy, retail, licensing, ticketing, match-day revenues and service quality. Previously he was Regional Manager for YMCA Victoria overseeing 19 major facilities and 1,600 staff. He also worked as Deputy Venue Manager at the London 2012 Olympics. Shane is currently completing an MBA at Victoria University.

Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin is Senior Director Athlete Assistance for the WTA, and the Player Welfare Officer for the ITF. She is a mental health counselor and sports physiotherapist with 30 years of experience in elite sports and expertise in the health and well-being needs of adolescent and young adult athletes. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare, a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy, and is a titled A.P.A. Sports Physiotherapist. She has previously worked with the Australian Ballet Company, the Australian Olympic Team and Tennis Australia.

Emma Doyle

Emma has been in performance coaching for over twenty years, specializing in maximizing human potential predominantly through the sport of tennis. She spent seven years (2000 – 2007) touring and coaching internationally on the junior and senior world tennis circuit. She has consulted to players, organizations and clubs in Europe, Asia and the United States in addition to representing Australia as coach and captain of the Junior Fed Cup team and at numerous world championships.

Steve Marquis

Steve is the Venue Sustainability Manager for Tennis Australia, overseeing key projects and developments in venue management and development, operational modelling, future planning and benchmarking with a key focus on quality management, customer retention and diversity in programming. Before joining the Tennis family Steve spent over 10 years working in leisure venue management, largely with the YMCA.  This included a range of areas from program development, community engagement and support, club development and support, business development as well as facility design, planning, modelling and working with project teams on facility redevelopment.

Paul Annacone

Paul was a right-handed serve-volleyer, who attained a career-high No.12 singles ranking and picked up three singles titles until he retired in 1993. His best Grand Slam performance came at 1984 Wimbledon when, ranked World No. 242 and straight out of the University of Tennessee, he surprised the tennis world by beating world No.13 Johan Kriek in the fourth round. In his post-playing career, Annacone has established himself as one of the world’s leading coaches. He coached American compatriot Pete Sampras and long-time British No.1 Tim Henman.

Tim Hill

In 2009, after playing intercollegiate tennis in the USA and becoming a Head coach in his native UK, Tim moved in to the role of Talent & Performance Co-ordinator for the Lawn Tennis Association – overseeing the performance pathway for talented players under the age of 12. In 2013 he was appointed as Talent & Coach Development Co-ordinator for NSW/ACT for Tennis Australia based in Sydney.  Since then he has mainly focused on educating and facilitating new and existing coaches through a variety of courses and professional development workshops.  He is currently the Coach Development Manager for NSW/ACT.

Greg Crump

Greg began coaching wheelchair tennis in the late 1980s. One of the first competitors he coached was Daniela Di Toro, who took up the sport when she was thirteen years old at Crump’s suggestion. He was the coach of the Australian national teams in 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, 2000 Sydney, (winning Gold in the men’s singles and Silver in both the men’s and women’s doubles), 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and the 2012 London. Crump has been coach at numerous WTC winning the Men’s in Nottingham, Paris and Italy and also winning the women’s WTC beating the highly favoured team from the Netherland’s in New York in 1999. Greg is currently the National Academy Wheelchair Coach for Tennis Australia.

Nicole Pratt

Nicole played professionally for 19 years reaching a career high singles ranking of 36 and 18 in doubles. She was a member of the Fed Cup team for 10 years and competed in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Nicole began working for Tennis Australia in 2008 coaching Casey Dellacqua to a career high singles ranking of 39 and 11 in doubles. Appointed the Head Coach of the AIS Women’s program in 2011-2014. In 2015 she was appointed the Head of Women’s Tennis for TA, during this year Nicole coached Daria Gavrilova to a career high ranking of 36. Nicole is also currently an Analyst with Fox Sports Australia broadcasting at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

David Taylor

David became a coach on the WTA tour in 1995 working out of the USA. In 2001 David was appointed the National Women’s Travelling Coach working with Alicia Molik, Evie Dominikovic and Nicole Pratt. David was the Fed Cup coach 2002-2003 and later in 2006 appointed the Fed Cup Team Captain in leading the team for 7 ties. In 2007 David was appointed the AIS Women’s Coach working with Casey Dellacqua, Jessica Moore and Sam Stosur. David worked closely with Stosur guiding her to her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2011 US Open. David has worked with many top 20 WTA players including Martina Hingis and Ana Ivanovic and has recently recommenced working with Stosur.

Annually the conference boasts of a fantastic line up of speakers check out the full list of speakers below from previous events: