MEET OUR STAFF


PERSONAL TRAINERS


Tim

Amy H.

Rachel

Tricia

Nelson

Dana

Joanna

Sonja

Swede

Angela

Sam

Kirsten

Amy C.


PRIVATE YOGA & PILATES


Kari

Katie

Jane

Holly

Apparatus Trainer

Mike

Apparatus Trainer

Yomalix

Vinny


TENNIS PROS


Hao

Thomas

Blakeley

Arturo


TENNIS EVENT INSTRUCTORS


Karan

Loi

Alice

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Tim - Personal Trainer

Approximately 15 years ago, I began weight lifting and fitness training to improve my athletic abilities in various sports. I loved the results I experienced. My curiosity in the world of fitness overwhelmed me so I began researching body mechanics. My research led me to the term “Kinesiology” which is the study of body movement. During this time, my passion for fitness flourished. I thrive on watching my clients reach their goals. In addition to the use of Psychology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor learning I am able to create unique exercise routines based on individual goals, values, and abilities. My philosophy is to help others achieve excellence through education, aspiration, and living without regret.

  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • Bachelor’s of Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Pacific Lutheran University
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Amy H. - Personal Trainer

As your wellness and fitness professional, my aspiration is to foster an environment of empowerment and enjoyment for people of all ages and abilities. My passion for wellness is displayed by the lifestyle I lead and encourage. I enjoy experimenting with cooking, hiking in the Pacific Northwest and spending time with my three German Shepherds. My scientific background combined with my infectious passion for wellness will make our journey a truly rewarding experience unlike any other imaginable. If you can dream it, my passion and dedication to your health and fitness goals will guarantee success! For more information on how other’s JUST LIKE YOU have changed their life, read my client testimonials available at the Concierge Desk!

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion California University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pacific Lutheran University
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine: Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Women’s Fitness Specialist, Weight Loss Fitness Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Golf Fitness Specialist
  • American Fitness Professional Association Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist
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Rachel - Personal Trainer

As an Olympia native and graduate of Capital High School I have a special place in my heart for impacting the Olympia community. After graduating from the University of Montana I was drawn to a career in the health and fitness industry after working in a hospital for a short time. I saw first hand the health struggles that were facing our society and wanted to work proactively to help people get the most out of their health and life. I have been blessed to enjoy an active life through the support of my family and want to share that experience with others. I love participating in winter and water sports as well as playing and coaching volleyball. Outside of the gym I enjoy spending time with my husband, friends, and family, cooking, crafting, and expanding my knowledge of fitness and nutrition.

  • B.A. Psychology, Minor Communication Studies, University of Montana, Missoula CPT
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
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Tricia - Personal Trainer

Tricia is a health and lifestyle coach that works with individuals and/or groups on how to reach your health goals, including stress reduction, losing weight, increasing energy and improving confidence. As a coach, she accomplishes this by supporting you with your food and lifestyle choices. Tricia has been a Group Fitness Instructor here at the Valley for eight years. She is also a mother of two children and has been married for almost 20 years. She has had close family and friends that have had major diseases that have either taken their life or has seen how food and lifestyle choices can extend their life. With these different aspects of her life, she has always had an interest in health and nutrition and enjoyed sharing this knowledge with family and friends. Tricia decided to increase her knowledge and learn, in a formal training program, how to live a better life through eating well and taking care of herself and family. She is not only learning to improve her life, but received very detailed and careful instruction on how to coach others around food and lifestyle choices. It’s an exciting time! Tricia looks forward to sharing more with you and all the benefits of this work. She invites you to a free health history consultation to have the opportunity to support you to create a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

  • Health Coach Institute of Integrative Nutrition
  • Group Fitness Instructor Instructor in LesMills BodyPump, BodyCombat, CXWORX, BodyStep, BodyJam, BodyAttack and BodyFlow
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Nelson - Personal Trainer

Nelson is a self-described “people-person.” He pursued his degree and personal training certification with the desire and goal of helping people. He focuses on helping people improve their lives through achieving their health and fitness levels. He domonstrates exercises to prevent knee, shoulder, and back injuries, along with working with diabetic and special needs clients.

  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Certified Personal Trainer
  • ISSA Trained Guide to Diabetes Type 1 & 2
  • ISSA Specialist in Performance Nutrition
  • ISSA Sports Safety Trained
  • A.A Sports & Fitness Management
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Vinny - Mind & Body Instructor

I find yoga to be a very powerful discipline. Cultivating its qualities have offered me a physical, mental and spiritual unity. To me, yoga has a level of magic that doesn't compare. With the amalgamation of joy and discipline, courage and surrender, by trusting the process, learning to still the mind, and following along yoga’s way, anything is possible, limits are totally pushed away, and new perspectives, new patterns can be formed.

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Dana - Personal Trainer

Dana believes in making the most of TODAY! She is a definite go getter who makes sure her clients succeed at whatever fitness goal they have set for themselves. Dana was born and raised in Ellensburg Washington, so naturally she completed her college education at Central Washington University! There she earned a B.A. degree in Biology and a minor in Athletic Training. Whether you are a beginner or a conditioned athlete, Dana can make sure you maximize your results with the time you have. Dana’s health and fitness experience started with teaching a variety of group exercise classes at her local gym. Some other highlights include working as a fitness specialist for a corporate fitness center, nutrition counseling for a women’s fitness center, and manager for a vitamin supplement store. Dana has also competed in about 7 bodybuilding/figure shows. She definitely knows how to make your goals become a reality! Challenge yourself and come get a workout from Dana TODAY!

  • B.A. in Biology & Athletic Training
  • A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
  • VTS CPT TRX Suspension Certified
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Joanna - Personal Trainer

I have personally experienced the positive, life-changing benefits of making fitness a key part of my lifestyle. It has changed my life and I want to pay it forward. I’m innovative and think outside the “workout” box. I’ll work with clients to create individual exercise plans that are challenging and fun! My areas of expertise include TRX Suspension training, core and balance, HIT training, and youth fitness. My hobbies include cooking and spending time with my family, which usually includes a big, yearly road trip.

  • Les Mills BodyStep
  • CXWORX
  • ISSA Personal Trainer
  • TRX Suspension Certified
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Sonja - Personal Trainer

Sonja was born in Texas and grew up in Germany as a military dependent where she learned to speak fluent German. She graduated from CWU in 1990 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and shortly after began her internship at The Valley where she has been ever since. She felt at home as soon as she walked in the door. It’s the heart-warming aspect of training that Sonja loves most, seeing so many life long conections made as we get fitter, happier and wiser! Sonja works with all age groups with emphasis on stretching, good form when exercising, and cardiovascular conditioning. She has a background in nurition and learned much when she competed in bodybuilding contests in the past. She’s an avid runner and has a very special place in her heart for all animals.

  • A.C.E Certified Personal Trainer
  • B.S Exercise Physiology Central Washington University
  • VTS CPT
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Swede - Personal Trainer

The book “Pumping Iron” was Swede’s inspiration at age 11 to begin the trip down Iron Lane. He spent many years developing his strength in body and mind to become a formidable power-lifting competitor. He is a four-time and current State Champion and holds numerous regional and state records including an impressive 600 lb bench press. You couldn’t meet a gentler person than Swede. Swede enjoys working with a variety of clients, from the high school athlete looking to improve his or her performance to the weekend warrior just looking to get into shape. He employs a variety of training methods, specializing in compound movements and plyometrics to increase his client’s strength and power.

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • IFPA Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Fitness Personal Trainer VTS CPT
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Angela - Personal Trainer

Fitness is my passion and I thrive on finding new ideas and concepts that encourage others and myself to be healthier and fitter. I believe in being efficient and effective in my approach to designing personal training programs for my clients customizing them for results to meet each client’s individual needs and goals. I believe exercise should be fun, challenging and well rounded.

Angela grew up in Seattle swimming and ice skating and has spent the last 15 years in Shelton. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting from Evergreen State College and has a diverse marketing and customer service background. She has two children and enjoys hiking, dancing, running, martial arts and hanging out with friends and family. She has continued to expand her fitness experience for the past 10+ years and continues to expand her education as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.

I vividly remember what it’s like to start a new exercise program and to be 30-40 pounds’ overweight as I was for many years. I also know how good it feels to never give up and to continue to progressively improve one’s level of fitness. Exercise is amazing medicine and the natural anti-ager. One of my favorite quotes from Joseph Pilates “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”

  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
  • NETA Pilates Certified
  • AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional
  • Zumba, Les Mills Sprint, & VTS
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Sam - Personal Trainer

My inability to sit still and competitive spirit are what originally landed me in the fitness world, but my real passion began when I discovered how I could help others to become excited about their own fitness. Toward the end of my study at Western Washington University, I took a course in personal training and was immediately enthralled. Soon after, I became certified through the American Counsel on Exercise and the rest was history. I was raised in Olympia and was a member of the Valley for a long time, and I feel honored to be a part of such a talented team and a wonderful community of people. Being a personal trainer has been a very rewarding career thus far, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many people and help them to achieve their goals, and most importantly have fun in the process. Though my formal education ended years ago, my goal is to never stop learning; that is how I feel I can best teach others.

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
  • Boot Camp Instructor
  • Bachelors in Community Health from Western Washington University
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Kirsten - Personal Trainer

My passion for health and fitness began at a young age, in a family that stayed active gardening and hiking with our Labradors. This was later fueled by a love for sports: basketball, fastpitch softball and volleyball, all of which I played throughout my childhood. Basketball was my true passion and first love. I played at Pullman High School then continued for four years at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. I was involved with basketball camps and coaching youth basketball, but it wasn’t until late in my college education that I realized my passion for helping others reach their health and fitness goals. My friends, who were subject to my workouts, and my exercise prescription professor encouraged me to pursue personal training. Although I’m new to the area, I’m quickly growing fond of Olympia and Tumwater and I am incredibly excited and honored to be a member of the team at The Valley. I believe that to have long term success, we have to keep it fresh and fun. An important part of health and fitness is new research and exciting developments that I aim to bring back to you, right here at The Valley. My philosophy on helping you get results is one that includes making improvements that will facilitate lifestyle habits to ensure long term results. Your goals are within reach; let’s work towards them together!

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Lewis-Clark State College
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM
  • Behavior Change Specialist, NASM
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Amy C. - Personal Trainer

Growing up in Olympia, my parents taught me to be active and enjoy outdoor activities. This translated into playing sports throughout school. I started training college athletes as a college athlete myself, working with the training staff at my first university as a trainer and instructor. After school, and a Bachelors degree, I had the opportunity to move around the United States and to Europe while being a military spouse. Moving to Europe, I was a contractor working to improve the health and fitness of all active duty Army personnel, spouses and civilians living abroad throughout Europe in every single post; as well as aiding in the recovery and reintegration of Wounded Warriors while working closely to stand up the first Army Wellness Center to support their transition.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Arizona State University
  • Masters in Business Administration, University of Phoenix
  • Personal Training Certification, National Foundation of Personal Training
  • Les Mills Certifications: BODYPUMP ™ BODYSTEP ™ BODYCOMBAT ™ BODYATTACK ™ SPRINT ™ RPM ™ CXWORX ™ BODYFLOW ™ BODYJAM ™ SH’BAM ™
  • TRX, BOSU, BUMP- Pre/Post Natal (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Heart Zones
  • Oiselle sponsored runner/athlete
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach
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Kari - Mind & Body Instructor

Kari has been working in the fitness industry since 1985. A strong dance/cheer background growing up hooked her on fitness classes when she turned 18. She started teaching group fitness classes at Western Washington University and has continued over the past two decades. During that time, Kari spent 5 years teaching in the classroom before opening her own Scrapbook Store in 1997. She also returned to the Valley in 1997 as a group fitness instructor with a focus on Yoga. Kari’s passion for fitness is contagious and she is eager to see members attend classes and enjoy the group dynamic that a fitness class brings! Kari’s keen awareness of the abilities and limitations of participants helps Valley members become physically able to achieve their goals. Her focus is strength from the inside out- core training as well as a good amount of cardio to keep the heart healthy. Joint mobility, flexibility and balance are all areas that need focus to maintain health and Kari wants to help members stay strong while improving range of movement.

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Katie - Mind & Body Instructor

I jumped into Bodyflow as my first instructional training for Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi, but soon discovered that wasn’t enough. I began studying yoga all the time, attending retreats, advanced instruct tor modules, becoming certified in the fitness based “YogaFit” training system and I am now working towards my Yoga Alliance certification through “Go Deeper” training. Yet one of my biggest accomplishments in learning asanas, is the release of trying to fit my body into the postures the way I see them in magazines or the yoga books. I’m learning to let the postures and breath serve my body so that I can cultivate my mind and spirit, and In essence “rediscovering” myself every day. No, every moment. As an adult coming into yoga not being able to touch my toes or lift up into a wheel and maybe never getting into scorpion pose, I understand the struggles that getting into a “pretzel” can cause, not just physically but mentally. It takes courage to step into your first yoga class, or face plant onto your mat and get back up to try again. It takes patience and acceptance to advance from where you are today to where you are going tomorrow. And I also believe it takes a lot of strength to connect with who we truly are and let go of “how or who we should be” to just feel good.

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Jane - Mind & Body Instructor

I have been teaching yoga since 2011 but I first fell in love with this practice in 2003 when I was a teenager. Coming from a somewhat harsh and critical dance background,I was amazed at how forgiving and nurturing the culture of yoga was. I was able to address my body from the inside- going by how it felt rather than how it looked, and as a young woman this was deeply healing for me. I also learned a lot from the work of Bo Forbes, who is a clinical psychologist using yoga as mind-body medicine. This was instrumental in my healing from the anxiety and depression I dealt with since childhood, so I know from experience that this practice can be a tremendous blessing! Many of my early teachers came from the Anusara and Iyengar traditions, which gives me a solid understanding of physical alignment. Participants in my classes often remark at the clarity of my verbal cues which seems to be one of my strengths as an instructor. My first official certification program was in 2010 at the School of Santhi in South India. This training helped me understand some of the history of yoga, yoga philosophy, as well as finer meditation and breathing techniques. In 2013, I completed my 500 hour certification with Nathan Hays of Living Spirit Yoga, whose methods helped me learn how to design sequences for different desired effects. With Kia Miller, I explored Kundalini yoga which involves techniques to move energy in the body and to effect the nervous and endocrine systems. The last of my teachers I’ll mention is Sean Corn, whose message of taking yoga beyond the physical practice into soulful, ethically responsible living is immensely inspiring to me. I hope to be able to weave everything that has been helpful to me into a class which is uplifting, balancing, and healing to the whole person, and hopefully making the world a better place!

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Holly - Mind & Body Instructor

“The art of Pilates is looking at the body and knowing the most direct way to address it” This is how Holly approaches each and every session with her clients. She provides an individually tailored, balanced, full body workout. What Holly loves about Pilates is that literally every body can benefit from it! Her goals for her clients include core strength, flexibility, mobility, and muscular balance. She treats every client’s body based on its uniqueness and tailors the workout to not only enhance the body’s strengths, but also to address specific injuries and limitations. Holly’s attention to detail and alignment provide a safe and effective means for recovering from and dealing with injury. Holly also values the versatility of this method. Pilates can provide a very balanced and gentle way to strengthen the body, yet also provides specific vigorous training to give the advanced athlete an edge. Holly enjoys pushing her clients and watching them enjoy the gains in their strength and flexibility. She teaches and encourages her client’s own body awareness. This is a valuable skill they can take and apply toward other sports and activities. Holly began her own Pilates practice 8 years ago. She discovered it as a means to cross train for long distance running. She was hooked after she saw gains in her speed and endurance. She also found extreme value in the muscular balance it provided her body and the body awareness it provided her mind. Muscular balance and body awareness are key to injury prevention. Holly has been teaching Pilates at the Valley since 2013. She holds a 500 hour comprehensive apparatus and mat certification from BASI Pilates and a springboard certification from Core Kinetics.

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Mike - Mind & Body Instructor

Mike holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Evergreen State College and works as an Environmental Engineer for the Department of Defense specializing in public health. After twenty years of extensive travel and working in austere environments Mike was searching for a way to be committed to health and well-being when he discovered Pilates. As an engineer Mike was lured by the symbiotic relationship of art and science in BASI Pilates methodology and decided to pursue his Teacher Training. In addition to his civil service and Pilates practice, Mike has published articles on environmental contamination and established first ascent rock climbs at Frenchman Coulee, Vantage, Washington.

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Yomalix - Mind & Body Instructor

Hi there, my name is Yomalix. I am a young adult full of dreams and big hopes. Two of my biggest hopes are as I get older to never forget where my roots came from and who I am, to never stop appreciating the people who helped me get where I am today. I have a passion working with others and building relationships. I learned a lot about myself in high school, especially when I joined the high school’s dance team. While my senior year in high school I took a training for BodyJam (a hip hop class) and got certified as a LesMills instructor at 17 years old. I began to teach at the Valley Athletic Club. Soon enough I graduated from high school and began to work. All the while, my interest as a yoga instructor grew bigger and bigger. I took a mind and body training course at The Valley and got certified. I also took a training through the 8 Limbs of Yoga school and that got me to where I am, RYT 200 certified. Yoga has been big part of my life. I want to keep doing yoga for my own good.

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Hao - Head Tennis Pro

As a tennis professional it is my belief that players of all ages, experiences and backgrounds can have a positive challenging experience. I will bring out the best in you by teaching you fundamentals, strategy, and drills designed to improve your game. But most importantly, I will help you achieve your goals in the tennis world.

  • USPTA Pro Certified for over 10 years
  • #1 Singes Player at PLU 2000
  • Ranked Top 10 in Singles in Pacific Northwest
  • Ranked Top 3 in Doubles in Pacific Northwest
  • 5.0 Team Sectionals Qualifier
  • Competitive Training Coach for top ranked juniors
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Arturo - Tennis Pro

Arturo began his career over 30 years ago actively pursuing his dream toward becoming tennis certified. He taught many years at Bally’s Health Club, from beginners to advanced. He enjoys working with all ages, kids, juniors and adults. Arturo’s love of tennis is apparent in his patience when working with others.

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Thomas - Tennis Pro

Thomas has enjoyed a life-long love of tennis beginning in the early 1970’s. His engaging and creative teaching has made him successful in private instruction with juniors and adults in the Yelm/Rainier area, including his own children and step-children, one of whom is now playing College Club-level tennis at CWU as well as open tennis tournaments. His love, skill and enthusiasm for teaching people of all ages and abilities has made the experience inspiring and enjoyable for all his students. While encouraging focus, technique and discipline with a valuable sense of fun, Thomas always creates a well-rounded approach to learning, instilling the love of the game in all who work with him.

  • Played Junior Tournaments in San Diego and Junior College Tennis
  • Former Assistant Tennis Instructor at the Aspen Club
  • Participated in the Vic Braden Tennis College
  • Former Assistant Tennis Instructor at the Valley Athletic Club with head pro Briscoe Eisendrath
  • Assisted tennis pro Doug Ruffin with tennis summer camps at North Thurston High School & Valley Athletic Club
  • Attended National Championship in Tucson
  • Former Assistant Coach at both North Thurston and Yelm High Schools.
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Blakeley - Tennis Pro

Throughout my career as a tennis pro hundreds of different players have stepped on to my court and every single one of them has been different. Each individual has their own way of learning and developing. Each individual has their own way of being motivated to be better. My passion is to discover these ways so that we can work together towards achieving your goals on and off the tennis court.

  • Certified through the Professional Tennis Registry(PTR)
  • Received full athletic scholarship to play Division 1 tennis at Appalachian State University
  • Selected and served as team captain for back to back NCAA seasons
  • Top ranked at the state, sectional, & national level for entire junior career (1998-2008)
  • Coached many national ranked & high performance juniors
  • Coached numerous adult players and leagues through USTA sectionals
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Alice

Alice has been a member of The Valley Athletic Club for more than 30 years. She works out at the club 5 days a week and plays tennis 5 days a week. Her USTA experience includes; winning sectional championships seven times and going to Nationals twice, winning national championship once, and second place once. She has played on women’s flights for several years. Before retiring, Alice worked in banking for 20 years. She has lived in several states and Tokyo, Japan for 3 years. She was born in Indiana and has been a resident of Washington since 1966.

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Loi

After an 18 year hiatus I took up tennis again in 2010 and it’s become my passion. I have since been studying under Hao Nguyen. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor and teacher. I have learned and help teach the ins and outs of singles and doubles play, court awareness and stroke analysis. I am very excited about being part of the team of pros at the VAC and look forward to seeing you all on the courts.

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Karan

Karan grew up a Badminton and Soccer player, but after moving to WA in 2013 he didn’t get to play any of it. He decided to pick Tennis as his game at Valley and started to love it because of its dynamic nature, the social aspect of meeting amazing people and developing positive personal characteristics. Since then it has become his passion to get better in the game. He has greatly appreciated his fellow comates/teachers Hao, Loi and Mario and all his friends who have guided and helped him become better in the game. He feels he couldn’t ask for better mentors and tennis friends. Karan is very excited about being a part of tennis team at the VAC and looks forward to seeing you all on the courts.