Meet the Sanctuary Cove Tennis team

Merandah Parr

Director & Development Coach

Level 1 Development Coach

Pro Level 1 Coaching Qualification
Cert III & IV in Fitness
Dip Accounting
Working with Children Blue Card

Merandah has been coaching for over 8 years. She began playing tennis at the age of 9 and competed in many tournaments as a junior. She has coached for two of the leading tennis academies in Brisbane and also at Pro Experience Royal Pines for Roger Tyzzer (former coach of Lleyton Hewitt, Alician Molik and Liz Smilie).

She has extensive business management experience and established a solid career as a Construction Project Manager. Her passion for tennis has always been her top priority and now she is able to combine her skills and love of tennis as our Director and Development Coach.

Merandah enjoys coaching beginners and kids focusing on creating a fun atmosphere. Her specialty is applying a structured program including fitness and movement with drills to engage the kids and help them gain a love for the sport.

Off the court she is responsible for all the administration, management and class bookings ensuring Sanctuary Cove Tennis provides quality coaching and customer service.

Mike Ahearn

Head Coach & Founder

Level 2 Advanced Coach

Level 2 Club Professional Coach
Cert 3 & 4 Personal Training
Working with Children Blue Card

Began coaching in 1993 at Alstonville Tennis Club producing 6 national level juniors before moving to Canberra to take on head coaching role with Canberra School of Tennis.
Australian Institute of Sport assistant to state coach and developing all junior based state programs for 10-16yrs state squads.
Began coaching at Sanctuary Cove in 2001 as head coach with Roger Tyzzer (former coach of Lleyton Hewett, Alicia Molik and Liz Smilie).
Became resident coach in 2010 at the newly built Sanctuary Cove Country Club tennis facility to form Sanctuary Cove Tennis.

Dr Stephen Parr

Elite Program Director

Level 3 High Performance Coach

Level 3 High Performance Coach
Working with Children Blue Card

High Performance Specialist with over 35 years Coaching Experience
Career High Singles Ranking of 380
Experienced in coaching all levels of play from developing motor skills of Children to Coaching World Ranked Professionals and Touring Players.
Trained, lectured or consulted for many professional athletes, teams and organizations including Tennis Australia, NSW and Qld Netball, NSW Rugby, NSW Track & Field, The Victorian Institute of Sport, The Northern Inland Academy of Sport, The Australian Coaching Council, Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ), Australian Fitness Network and Network New Zealand, and the elite athlete program at John Paul College Brisbane.
Produced 8 x video productions and authored 3 x books on athletic performance.
Worked with athletes at all levels and ages in a large range of sports, and has invented a range of equipment that is now used globally to enhance the physical training of athletes.
Involved in the development of a gross motor skill acquisition program for the Tennis Professionals Association for the introduction into the Schools K-6 curriculum.
Consulted to Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) for the development of a movement based skill acquisition program for their Physical Education curriculum.