Last week the APTA held its annual meeting and elected a new Board of Directors. This time the meeting took place at Indian Hill Country Club, in Winnetka, Illinois and four new members joined the group: Freddy Goldenberg, David Lee, Nathan LeFevre and Shannon Vinson.
Who is Freddy Goldenberg?
Freddy grew up in Lake Forest, IL where she learned paddle as a teenager. After leaving Chicago to attend college at the University of North Carolina and four years later moving to Atlanta, Freddy thought her paddle days were over. However, in 2006 she discovered that paddle actually existed in Atlanta and joined Peter Lauer’s mission to make Atlanta a viable paddle city.
Over the next seven years Freddy has helped grow the sport of paddle in Atlanta. In 2011, she captained the first-ever Region VII President’s Cup team that took five points in their inaugural campaign. In 2012, she served as tournament director for the first-ever Women’s Peachtree Invitational. This year’s tournament was oversubscribed and featured teams from six different states.
Who is David Lee?
The first time David Lee played platform tennis, he hated it. It took him a few years to give it a second try and then, he fell in love with it. Over the last ten years, David has become increasingly active in the platform tennis community. He is an active tournament player. His biggest accomplishment on the court? Other than clinching last year’s Division 1 playoff win for Town of Greenburgh in the Westchester League, may be Isabel, one of his daughters, who made the finals of the 14 & Under Championship a few years ago.
David strongly believes in the growth of the game and wants to help drive the growth of the game throughout the United States. He was previously treasurer for Darien Youth Lacrosse, an alumni interviewer and fundraiser for Harvard, his alma mater, and is a star writer at PaddleTimes. David hopes that these experiences can be of help to the APTA Board.
Who is Nathan LeFevre?
Nathan was born in Tasmania, Australia, and started playing tennis when he was 10. In 2002, he moved to the United States to play college tennis at Elon University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After Elon, Nathan played on the ITF satellite tour before starting his tennis/paddle teaching career. In November of 2008, Nathan became the Director of Racquets at Navesink Country Club in New Jersey.
Nathan is certified with Tennis Coaches Australia, USPTA, and the PPTA. He served on the Board of the PPTA from 2010-2012. In the last year, Nathan won several platform tennis tournaments, including the NJ Men’s States, the Rochester Invitational, the Husband-Wife Nationals, the War at the Shore Mixed and the NJ Mixed States. He loves teaching both tennis and platform tennis and looks forward to working with the APTA to help grow the sport of platform tennis.
Who is Shannon Vinson?
Shannon is a past captain, coordinator, facilitator, committee member and president of the Chicago Women’s Platform Tennis League. She was the co-chair of the 2011 National Championships and the 2012 Mixed National Championships. Shannon has also worked on the APTA’s Platform Tennis Magazine Committee and since 2008 has been a member of the Region V President’s Cup Team.