Paul Tornquist has been Head Pro at WVTC since 2012. Paul has 25 years of coaching experience at various locations including the North Shore Winter Club, the Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Florida, the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club and the Peter Burwash International Tennis Management Company. He served as Tennis Director at private clubs and resorts in Singapore, the West Indies, the British Virgin Islands, New York and Florida, the Trivandrum Tennis Club in India and the Martin Verkerk Tennis & Events in Holland. Paul has competed in the ITF Satellite Tournaments in Europe. He is also a certified yoga instructor. Most importantly, Paul has a passion and enthusiasm for the game of tennis which he shares with every player he coaches and every organization he has been involved with.
High Performance Coach
Alejandro Marin started coaching in 2001 and holds multiple Tennis Canada coaching certificates. As a junior, he played competitively in Colombia, his home country and in Vancouver’s lower mainland. Early in his career he became the after-school programs director for Tennis BC before coaching at the North Vancouver Tennis Centre (formerly Grant Connell Tennis Centre). For 8 years he was the high-performance director at the North Shore Winter Club where he developed junior players and adults of all levels. A number of his students went on to compete at the national and international level, including Filip Peliwo, 2012’s World #1 Junior and a top 300 on the ATP Tour rankings. Alejandro is patient and understanding while at the same time demonstrates his enthusiasm and love for the game of tennis.
Kinuko Higashio joined the WVTC coaching staff in 2004. She grew up in Osaka, Japan and started playing tennis at age 10. Her father was a player and he thought she could do well because she was tall. She continued playing through university and competed in the top league in Japan. At age 40, after coaching in Japan and then Vancouver, Kinuko started competing again. She holds 3 Canadian National Titles including #2 in the 40’s and #1 in the 45’s. She was chosen to play for the Canadian World Team 7 times and competed in England, Germany, Austria, Uruguay, and Turkey. She was also invited to become a member of the International Lawn Tennis Club which allowed her to play at Wimbledon, Monte Carlo and Roland Garros. Kinuko is eager to share her experiences with all her students and help them improve their own game. Kinuko holds multiple Tennis Canada coaching certificates.
Mark Sun is a Tennis Canada Certified Instructor with experience in coaching both kids and adults. Mark likes to coach basic and advanced tennis principles and loves to explain why certain techniques work, and when and where to apply them. He understands the biomechanics of tennis strokes and uses innovative approaches to teach them. His specialty is developing advanced doubles strategies for the senior club player. Mark is also a Tennis Canada Official, officiating professionals at Rogers Cup since 2011, working Davis Cup and ATP/WTA matches as well as refereeing tournaments and chairing matches at many Vancouver amateur and junior events. He helps run the North Shore Community Tennis Association (NSCTA), is a Tennis BC League Director and is captain to his Murdo Force men’s team. Mark enthusiastically shares his tennis knowledge because playing tennis adds lifelong friends and years of enjoyment to your life!