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High Performance Tennis

High Performance Tennis

RSC is the largest Junior Tennis Development Centre in Ottawa. Each year a number of our high performance tennis athletes compete at the Provincial and National level. RSC prides ourselves on being athlete-centered. This means that every ball hit within the program is structured and planned for the maximum benefit to meet the needs of the individual athlete.

 To provide the best development environment for each individual to grow to their best potential.

Our Vision
To give the athletes the technical, physical and psychological abilities to perform in competition and develop a positive outlook on performing.

Our Values

  • Discipline: Our athletes should meet the highest possible standards in all their athletic and social activities
  • Desire: Our athletes drive towards continuous improvements through their actions and mentality towards all elements of their training and education
  • Diligence: Our athlete’s aptitude to undertake a careful and well-planned approach is the critical ingredient in any successful endeavor
  • Development: Our athlete’s development into world class players and versatile human being dictates everything we do within our competitive and high performance program

Being part of the High Performance Team requires an annual commitment, and the training runs from September – June. We limit the number of athletes to ensure we provide a high standard and quality training environment.

Please contact if you are interested in more information.

Our Coaches

Our experienced coaches have a long coaching history in High Performance and a proven track record of developing young tennis players. The Team is led by Rachel Cruickshank and assisted by Pierre Tafelski who are both Tennis Canada Coach 3 Certified. The Team is completed by other experienced coaches who share a passion for the sport and help each athlete achieve their personal goals.

Rachel Cruickshank

Head of High Performance and Competitive Development

Rachel has competed at the local, provincial, national and international level, winning over 10 Ottawa City Championship titles and competing in several International Tennis Federation (ITF) events. She has over 10 years experience coaching recreational and competitive juniors and adults

Certifications: Tennis Canada Coach 3 Certification, Tennis Canada Course Facilitator

Fun fact: Rachel once met Roger Federer at Wimbledon

RSC Tennis Director Pierre Tafelski

Pierre Tafelski

Tennis Director

Pierre has over a decade in high performance as a NCAA Division 1 player, NCAA Division 1 Head Coach and Director of High Performance in Canada. He brings a wealth of experience from all over the world coaching internationally ranked players.

Certifications: Tennis Canada Coach 3

Fun fact: Pierre once swam with sharks in the sea. Loves to spend time playing soccer and traveling.