Director of Tennis - Gerald Yung
Gerald was a nationally ranked junior from 1978-1982 and a National Doubles Champ in 1981. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he played collegiate tennis and his team was consistently ranked top 15 in the US. He has taught tennis for all levels in Colorado, Hong Kong and California.
Gerald founded the North Island Tennis Academy (NITA) because of his love for the sport and his interests in growing tennis in the region. He believes the best way to achieve this is to focus on the kids. He is very excited about the Canadian progressive tennis system ( or USTA Under 10 tennis ) which has generated new found interest in the sport globally primarily by allowing kids to begin tennis at a younger age.
Head Professional - Oliver Bellomi
Oliver recently completed an NCAA Div 1 tennis scholarship at St. Peter's University in New Jersey. He trained and competed at the Chris Evert Academy in Florida. He is a former internationally and nationally ITF ranked player. Oliver is available for private lessons as well as hitting sessions. He originates from Nanaimo and after travelling internationally to competitions has decided to return and settle back in Nanaimo. He is Tennis Canada Certified and a Member of the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA).
Shawn is a certified Tennis Canada Club Pro 1. Shawn spent a full career in the military representing Canada and winning many international military tennis titles. He continues to compete as an Open competitor and competes on the National stage in the Masters categories. Shawn comes to Westwood from Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in Victoria where he has coached all levels and ages since 2013.
Ethan is a tennis coach from Toronto, Ontario; who has over 8 years of experience coaching tennis to adults and juniors of all skill levels. He has completed his Club Professional 1 coaching ceritification and is a member of the Tennis Professionals Association. As a junior, Ethan reached the rank of number 2 in Ontario had the privilege of representing Ontario and Canada at national and interantional events. Ethan has coached at a number of tennis clubs across Ontario, including the Badminton and Raquet Club of Toronto and Timberlane Athletic Club. He has also worked with high performance juniors at Toronto Tennis Academy, and acted as a coach and hitting partner for some of the top juniors in Ontario.
Joan is a certified instructor level coach with Tennis Canada. Besides being an active tennis player for over 20 years, she has been teaching the kids programs at Westwood Tennis Club for over 5 years. She specializes in the Tennis Canada Progressive Tennis programs. She is also available for private lessons upon request. She is Tennis Canada Certified and a Member of the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA).
Catherine began coaching about 15 years ago with the Bowen Park Junior Tennis Club. She taught elementary school in Nanaimo for over 30 years and now uses her teaching skills on the tennis court. She enjoys sharing her passion for tennis with young players. She is Tennis Canada Certified and a Member of the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA).
Allan was an accomplished high school tennis player in Ontario. He has been coaching sports for 25 years. In addition to tennis, he has coached minor hockey, baseball and golf to all ages. His cross-sport experience and training gives him a unique perspective when coaching tennis which assists with articulating skills and strategy and group lessons at Westwood and NITA. He is tennis Canada Certified and a Member of the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA).