March 13, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), Victoria, BC is excited to announce that CEO Robert Bettauer will be representing Canada at the ITF World Seniors Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey from March 18 -24.
Bettauer, a former Canadian Davis Cup player and a current tennis analyst with Sportsnet, will be participating in the Austria Cup, the 55+ tournament. He will also captain his team. There are 23 teams in the Austria Cup and each player will play two singles matches with another country and then a deciding doubles.
“It is a great honour for me to represent Canada. Tennis is a way of life for me; I stay fit, socialize and have fun at the same time,” says Bettauer. “Tennis is about skill and fitness and with seniors competition; it is often about the last man standing.”
Bettauer has provided television commentary and analysis on tennis for over 25 years at the Rogers Cup, Olympics and Davis Cup. “Interviewing and watching top players like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic has improved my game. There is no doubt that if you watch top players you will get better.”
Bettauer has an extensive history as a senior sports leader in Canada with previous roles as the founding President and CEO of the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario, and the Director of Tennis Development for Tennis Canada. As an athlete he won several national tennis titles and was a member of Canada’s Davis Cup Team, while also holding an ATP Tour world ranking in singles and doubles for a number of years. As a national coach Bettauer ran Tennis Canada’s first Western Canadian high performance training centre at UBC, and helped coach the Davis Cup team leading to coaching Canada’s tennis team at the Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona. Bettauer is also currently the Chair of the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame. An on-going presenter on sport development topics, he has a Masters in sport psychology and regularly provides mental training education on enhanced performance.