Head Tennis Professional - Brian Panovka - 

Brian grew up in Springs, South Africa where he played a variety of sports before taking tennis seriously. Brian played competitive tennis as a Junior, and was recruited on a tennis scholarship to Oklahoma State University where he was a conference singles and doubles champion. Brian spent time playing the professional Satellite Tour (now known as the Futures Tour) where he played against numerous future world renowned tennis players.

Brian is a certified Professional Tennis Coach (SA) and member of the TPA (Tennis Canada) with over 36 years of coaching experience. 2022 will be Brian’s 20th year as Head Pro of the Valley Tennis Club. Besides everything to do with tennis including his keen interest in the ATP tour, Challenger tour, Futures tour, WTA tour, as well as a collector of antique tennis rackets, Brian is an avid soccer player, and an awful skier. He also takes a big interest in golf, cricket, track and field, rugby, and anything remotely to do with sport.

Brian likes to give back to the community and to communities in need. He has contributed thousands of used tennis balls to communities in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Jamaica, to Big Brothers and Sisters in Ontario, to lower income neighbourhood schools, as well as to the National Bank school ball program.

Brian and his wife Leigh were thrilled to be guests at Nelson Mandela’s 80th Birthday after Brian did work for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Brian is fortunate to have travelled extensively as a Tennis Pro and mountain trekker. He singles out the Canadian Rockies, south island of New Zealand, Nepalese Himalaya, and Paris as his most inspiring places to visit.

Brian was honoured to have been appointed the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach for the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013 and 2017 and again for 2022.

Brian may be contacted at  tenten@rogers.com or 905-771-7511.