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Board Members

Justin McDonough Chair

Cindy Wheeler Vice Chair

Lesek Demont Secretary

Jody Nickerson Treasurer

Craig Bethune Past Chair

Jennifer Ramsay

Ian MacInnis

Andrew McFarlane

Andrew Ling

Pam Cooley

Colin Piercey

Tim Shoveller

Staff

Kurt Kamperman, CEO

Kamperman, an international tennis executive and master professional originally from Ohio, heads north from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) where he was the chief executive of the USTA National Campus, the world’s largest tennis facility. During his 14 years as the USTA’s chief executive of community tennis, Kamperman oversaw the USTA’s efforts to increase tennis participation in the United States. He helped develop and gained acceptance of red, orange and green balls and blended line courts to attract and retain young players to the sport.

Kamperman, who has also served as president of the Tennis Industry Association and of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, was an NCAA player and coach at Youngstown State University.
He served as tournament director for the Family Circle Cup, has designed world-class tennis facilities and has consulted with clubs, resorts and tennis companies in an effort to boost revenue.

“I’m excited to join Tennis Nova Scotia at this pivotal time when the association is helping to grow the sport in communities and tennis facilities throughout the province. Nova Scotia has a vibrant tennis community. I look forward to using my experience in developing community tennis to increase tennis participation in Nova Scotia and to make the sport more accessible to all.”

To contact Kurt please e-mail at kurtkamperman@tennisnovascotia.com

Marijke Nel – Technical Director

Marijke played competitive tennis on a Division 1 scholarship at the University of Texas and Kansas State University. She was then recruited to play for a club in the German summer league – and still plays in the Regionalliga in non-Covid times.

Marijke has been involved in a coaching capacity in Nova Scotia since 2008 and has served as the Technical Director for Tennis Nova Scotia since 2013.

She holds Coach 2 and Club Pro 2 certifications, and is in the process of completing the Club Pro 3 course. Some of the roles which Marijke oversees include coach training and certification, member club support, development initiatives, schools training, performance and grass roots development and a growing wheelchair tennis development program.

Marijke can be reached at mnel@sportnovascotia.ca