North Bay Tennis is an active friendly club located on Trout Lake Road in beautiful North Bay, Ontario. Our club has been in existence for over 50 years, where the sport of tennis has flourished in our community, reaching all ages and abilities. Our non-profit organization is home to nearly 250 members who enjoy an assortment of membership options, organized play opportunities, instructional programs, and various events.
Our facility consists of 5 lit outdoor tennis courts and 2 lit outdoor pickleball courts. In addition, our seasonal operation boasts a number of great features including, but not limited to...
Internationally experienced Tennis Professional
Full-time professional management
Clubhouse with attendant, sitting area, canteen, and pro shop
Extensive office hours
Ball machine rental available
Park-like surroundings with picnic tables, shelters, and bleachers
Fransua is a qualified Tennis Canada Club Pro 2 Tennis Coach with over 20 years of international tennis coaching experience. He started instructing in his home country of South Africa in 1996 and has since travelled to take positions in the UK, USA and Dubai before landing in North Bay. Fransua has a collection of trophies and stories from playing amateur tournaments in all of these countries and more. Fransua has a diploma in Sport Psychology and completed his Business Diploma at Canadore College in 2012. If you want to learn tennis or are seeking an exhilarating summer tennis experience, Fransua is the guy to get you on the court and get your game in shape. He says he has not yet seen anybody that cannot play tennis and he has enough patience and knowledge to teach you how to play, no matter how inadequate or uncoordinated you think you are!
Laura brings to this position years of experience working in a not-for-profit organization at the Fire Marshal's Council of Ontario, as well as bookkeeping and marketing experience with G.E.M. Contracting. Laura's background in education is Law and Business Administration from Ottawa University and Algonquin College.
Laura has been a member of the North Bay Granite Club since 2014. Obtaining her National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition Coach in 2019 as her previous role of Regional Curling Professional at the Granite Club from 2019-2022.
Proud wife and mother of three children. Laura was first introduced to curling at age 5 from her Grandfather at the Prescott Curling Club. Highlights from curling competitively, include a silver medal at the Canada Winter Games for Team Ontario in Bathurst, NB; winning the Junior Toronto Curling Association earning a trip to Switzerland; and most recently, playing vice on Team Northern Ontario at Mixed Nationals 2020 in Saguenay, QC. Privileges such as Brockville and Area Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, recipient of Quest for Gold Bursary, and the camaraderie of teammates are her most memorable. Laura also played recreational tennis during her high school years.
Laura is looking forward to being involved, working with the Granite Members, key stakeholders and community dignitaries sharing with them her passion and love for the sports of curling, tennis and pickleball!
Interim General Manager
Steve has been an avid Curler since the age of 12. He was a member at The Elliot Lake Granite Club as a junior, the Sudbury Granite Club and The Idelwylde Curling Club while attending Cambrian College.
At Cambrian Steve was a member of the Northern Ontario College Championship team his first year, and silver medalist his second year.
Steve moved to North Bay in 1988 to work at The North Bay Nugget. The past 12 years as the General Manager at The Nugget/North Bay Web.
Steve will continue to utilize his General Manager skills at the Granite Club, as he assumes the Interim role, while General Manager Laura Johnston is on Maternity Leave.
Steve and his wife, Tammy, have four adult children, Brock, Brett, Joseph and Alex.
As a "sports volunteer" Steve has been the Trainer for the North Bay Centennials, North Bay Skyhawks and the Sturgeon Falls Lynx. Currently Steve volunteers with the Ontario Hockey League as the Video Replay Technician at The North Bay Battalion games.
He is looking forward to meeting and greeting all Tennis, Pickleball and Curling players over the next year.
To contact Steve, email him directly at email@example.com he will be happy to help you in any way possible.
Marketing and Events Coordinator
Rachel is the new Marketing and Events Coordinator at the North Bay Granite Club. After completing her Bachelors of Business Administration at Nipissing University, Rachel is able to apply her knowledge and experience to the position. Rachel is looking forward to assisting with any events hosted by the North Bay Granite club within the next year as well as contributing to the curling and tennis community.