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Suzanne DeKay : Chair of OTA’s SouthWest Region
 
Suzanne DeKay is one of the most active and well-known players in Niagara tennis, and she’s about to become much more so on both counts.  As of January 1st 2018, Suzanne is the Chair of the Ontario Tennis Association’s SouthWest Region and also a member of the OTA Board of Directors.  She succeeds Wayne Saigeon who fulfilled these roles in recent years.
Suzanne DeKay : Chair of OTA’s SouthWest Region
 
Suzanne DeKay is one of the most active and well-known players in Niagara tennis, and she’s about to become much more so on both counts.  As of January 1st 2018, Suzanne is the Chair of the Ontario Tennis Association’s SouthWest Region and also a member of the OTA Board of Directors.  She succeeds Wayne Saigeon who fulfilled these roles in recent years.
 
A resident of Fort Erie, Suzanne is active in the Fort Erie Tennis Club, the Welland Tennis Club, the Welland Indoor Tennis Club and in USTA leagues in Buffalo.  She has also played in the Lakeshore League as a member of the Rosedale Tennis Club in Hamilton.  She served as tournament director for the 2017 Doc Brown Can-Am Tournament and has experience in all areas of volunteer club administration. 
 
Suzanne comes to this new challenge after a 30-year career as a teacher with the Niagara District School Board, finishing at Forestview PS in Niagara Falls.  Her degrees include HBA in Physical Education, Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. She is a certified Coach in Track and Field and is trained in advanced CPR.  She’s particularly pleased to have helped develop a program with the NDSB for special needs Phys Ed at the elementary level. Along the way, she’s coached basketball, volleyball, soccer, rugby and gymnastics.
 
Notably absent from the list was tennis, which has a difficult time gaining a foothold in most of our schools. This challenge is high on Suzanne’s agenda as she begins to set her goals as Chair :  “Offering new programs into the schools at both elementary and secondary levels is important to me. The OTA has many school-based initiatives available to us and I wish to build a strong future for SWR tennis by tapping into our youth!”  She adds that her passion for the game is grounded in a lifetime of playing : “My entire family, parents and siblings played tennis at a young age. It definitely was a family affair as I was growing up in London.”
 
After spending time with her predecessor in transition meetings, Suzanne feels that communication is the most important starting point.  “My first objective as the SWR Chair will be to help design and implement an informative and user-friendly website for the SouthWest Region. The Regional site will be directly linked to the OTA site, which is providing all the Regions a common ground and consistency for communication.”
 
Beyond these ambitious beginnings, “I also hope to build upon the number of SWR tournaments for both adults and juniors which are both competitive and recreational based. In turn I would like to encourage the involvement of as many clubs as possible.” 
 
Suzanne is open to questions, support and advice from all friends of tennis throughout the Region.  You can contact her at sdekay13@gmail.com.  You’ll find her to be friendly and approachable and just-plain-nice. That’s how it is when you were born in Digby Nova Scotia.

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