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Member Spotlight: Abhishek Kolli – “Keep Getting Better, Every Day!”

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Abhishek Kolli and his father Satya are both committed to getting better on the tennis court, and the results are showing!

Last December, Abhishek played tennis with Isaac Kritz at a USTA tournament, and the Kritz family highly recommended that Abhishek try the tennis program at our Club. From there, Abhishek is showing great improvement, and his father isn’t far behind.

Abhishek met with our Tennis Director Terrance Scott for an evaluation, and quickly got involved with our program. “I could tell how caring the coaches were, and they provide great instruction,” explained Satya.  Abhishek adds “Mike [Gee] really helps me understand things, and Terrance is so nice.” Terrance placed Abhishek  in our Future Stars program, which is designed for players that are committed to becoming USTA national level players. “Abhishek works really hard, and listens extremely well. When I saw that — I knew we needed him in our program. He makes everyone around him better” explains Terrance. (more…)

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Member Spotlight: Justin Leak — With Tennis, It All Came Together!

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Justin Leak had just moved into the area from Philadelphia and knew he needed a gym and a pool. Those had been the two activities that Justin had put into his weekly plan to stay healthy.

Being healthy was (and still is!) very important to him, so he knew finding a convenient place with a great gym and an indoor pool was a paramount to him being happy. With a little bit of research, he found a great gym with an indoor pool that was close to Olney — The Aspen Hill Club! What ended up happening was this gym and pool guy became a TENNIS NUT!!!

Draws of the club

Justin first joined Aspen Hill Club for the pool because it had his necessitates, the spectacular indoor pool and a great gym. Although he had experience taking college tennis classes for his undergraduate degree at Penn State, tennis didn’t grab his attention.

He did appreciate the little things that Aspen Hill provided such as a friendly welcome when he came into the club, and towel service. For several years while walking in and out of the club, tennis did not speak to him. What spoke to Justin was the fact that the staff at The Club “always remembered my name, and they got to know me. That makes a difference.

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Member Spotlight: Manette Tao

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After several years of being prodded by her mother (who was a neighbor of John Parsley and had participated in tennis clinics with Jeff Klein) Manette finally made her way into the Club in March of 2017.

Manette had been working for MCPS as an Elementary school para-educator and then a Health and PE teacher when she and her husband began taking water aerobic classes at the JCC. When she visited AHC in the spring of 2017, she used her one week pass to hit with John Parsley and take several of our water classes. She says it was the “warm” pool and water classes that were the impetus to join.

Since joining the Club Manette and her husband Freeman are actively involved our water classes, tennis and Pickleball programs which have increased their level of fitness and social circle.

After about three months of attending water aerobic classes, former water instructors Letty and Jean, encouraged Manette to get trained to become a  water aerobic instructor.  In August 2017 Manette received my shallow water certification and began shadowing instructors Michele and Maria to prepare her to lead her on class. Manette is currently teaching the Wednesday morning 8:00am water class and encourages all to come in and try the class.

Manette shared she is enjoying her time as an active AHC member and water Aerobic Instructor offering thanks to her mom for encouraging the initial visit and our other team members past and present (Letty Rosen, Jean Rhodes, Michele Burrows and Maria Stagnitto) for the support as she embarked her on road to instructor.  She says “I truly believe that water aerobics is a great way to exercise because it’s easy on the joints, it’s a lot of fun, and you can work at your own rate.” Water aerobics aside, “there are so many activities to choose from at the Club; so many that there is not enough not time to do it all!

 

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Member Spotlight: Raveena Kingsley – Going Back on Tour!

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You have probably seen Raveena at the Club — she is with us nearly every day! If you have been lucky enough to watch her tennis practice sessions while you sit in the Club lobby, you will have noticed that she is REALLY, REALLY GOOD! In fact you may have thought, “She looks like a pro!” If you did in fact have that thought, you were right!

Raveena Kinsley is a professional tennis player! The Baltimore native started play tennis at 7 years old, when her father started play tennis with her. He noticed that she had very strong technical mechanics, so he signed her up for tennis lessons when she was 8 years old. Fast forwards to  Raveena being 17 years old—and she is a GRAND SLAM PLAYER! She has played in all four of the tennis Majors (US Open, Wimbledon, French Open, & the Australian Open) and been ranked as high as #22 in the World ITF Jr.  rankings! (more…)

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Fitness Spotlight: LaWanda Hall

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Congratulations to AHC member, Lawanda Hall, on her recent 4th place win at the NPC Baltimore Gladiator Championships: Open Bikini Class F. This was Lawanda’s first competition, which she trained for at Aspen Hill Club to reach her fitness goals: racing and getting back in shape. She’s currently preparing for the 2018 Vegan Bodybuilding World Championships, which is later this year.

LaWanda is pictured at her competition

 

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Member Spotlight: Marc Wolfson

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AHC member Marc Wolfson ran in two big races in April with great results!

On April 8, Marc participated in the Cherry Blossom 10  Miler, which he ran in 1 hour and 27 minutes. That’s the 24th time that he has run this race!

On April 22, Marc went out to Rehoboth and ran the Coastal Delaware Half Marathon (13.1 miles) in 1 hour and 58 minutes! This was the first time Marc participated in that race and he finished fourth in his age group. Congrats on the great results Marc!

 

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Fitness Spotlight: Dmitry Tepper

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Congratulations to AHC Member Dmitry Tepper for his recent exceedingly successful outing in his first powerlifting meet. Dmitry competed April 21st at the Mid-Atlantic Strength Sports Weekend USPA powerlifting Event.  Not only did Dmitry win the 80 kilogram weight class for the 45-49 age groups, he set state and national records.  In his first excursion in to the world of competitive powerlifting he set Maryland state records for his weight, and age group in the back squat and bench press. On his last lift of the day Dmitry broke the current national deadlift record by over 40 lbs.   Dmitry is a prime example of what hard work and the right help can do for any fitness goal.  Best wishes in training  for next competition.

 

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Member Spotlight: The Peterson Family

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Cecelia and Bob Peterson stay active! They joined The Aspen Hill Club last September and haven’t looked back since. They originally joined the club when Assistant Junior Tennis Director Julien DeLaine called them to get their oldest son, Zane, into our tennis classes. It didn’t take Cecilia long to see how many benefits The Club offered for her family, so they did end up joining as a family!

Bob and Cecelia have enjoyed the benefits of an active lifestyle, in fact, they met while rock climbing in Colorado! Bob was living in Colorado as he was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force, and Cecelia (originally from Philadelphia) was attending graduate school in Colorado. Keeping active is important to the Peterson’s, and they are doing a great job of having the kids grow up with the same priorities.

The youngest member of the Peterson’s, 6 year old Gustave, enjoys his time in the AHC pool and hanging out in childminding while his parents are staying busy. He is very much looking forward to beginning tennis classes this coming Fall! 10 year old Zane enjoys his classes in the Aspen Hill Academy tennis program as well match play. Recently Zane has joined a USTA team and is thriving in competitive match play! Coach Julian describes Zane as “A real competitor, we can always count on Zane to keep fighting until the very end. I can’t wait to watch Zane grow as a tennis player!”

Cecelia and Bob both stay active with The Club’s tennis programs. Cecelia and Bob come to AHC between 3-4 times a week, and you can often find them on the courts! Cecelia has recently participated in our Thursday night Hot Shot tennis class, Sunday Singles clinic, Hit and Runs, and just about any social tennis event including Doubles Frenzy on Friday nights. “Bob and I have met so many people, it’s been fun to play together!” she explains. Having met many people through the club programs and events, they have a busy schedule of setting up their own matches! In addition to joining Cecelia on the courts, you can also find Bob hitting the racquetball courts.

Bob has really enjoyed the physical and social benefits of tennis, and is doing what he can to share this experience with those close to him. Bob currently oversees the Junior ROTC program at Bladensburg High School, and he has brought tennis to his students as part of their physical and wellness training (PT) time.  “I brought in a few tennis rackets and a bag full of orange dot balls.  We started with the basics; grip, hitting against the wall and then hitting the ball over the net.  They picked things up pretty fast and by the end of class were trying to see how many back and forth they could get in during doubles.  After the first “tennis class” several students told me I shouldn’t have taken them out on the courts because they will want to do this every “PT” day. I told them, “That’s fine with me!” Since that class, students have visited thrift stores and can be seen playing tennis on their own!

Cecelia, Bob, Zane, and Gus – “Thank you” so much for adding so much to our community at The Aspen Hill Club! You make the club a happier place every time you step inside and we are so glad that you are part of our family.