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that showcases the best junior tennis talent in the country, has been held on ORC courts elev- en times in the past fourteen years, with the Un- der 16 event taking place at the Club the other three years.

The Key to Success Providing excellence in customer service and

maintaining a positive image within the com- munity are keys to the Club’s success. This has taken years to cultivate and is the reason ORC continues to thrive. When you walk into the Club, there is a sense of belonging. Staff greet you by name and with a smile and say goodbye when you leave.

That’s the difference between

a “Club” and a “Gym” explains GM Jeff McCar- rol, “We work extremely hard to ensure mem- bers have sense of community and belonging within our walls.” Ontario Racquet Club is also a member of

in the world; the $100,000 SunLife Nationals. Becoming the location for this high profile event really put ORC on the world map, since so many world-renowned players participated. Names likes Carling Bassett, Daniel Nestor, Glen Michibata, Grant Connell, Jill Heather- ington, and Patricia Hy, Chris Pridham and Andrew Snajder drew huge crowds, and ORC members reveled in the excitement. Although the sun has set on this prestigious

tournament, the sport remains tremendously popular at ORC. The Club has 1600 tennis

STAYING POWER: Did you know...ORC has 165 members who have been at the club for more than 25 years, and 12 of our founding members have remained mem- bers since the club’s inception in 1975.

Not sure where to start? Your membership comes with a free fitness orientation to help you get to know our equipment, an annual fitness and health assessment (includes a weigh-in, blood pressure check, health/fit- ness goals assessment, workout program), a free yearly nutri- tion evaluation (half hour with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist where you can go over a week nutrition journal and discuss 3-5 nutritional changes to better your life). You can also get blood pres- sure checks, weigh-ins and body

members and a full time coaching staff of 14. ORC continues to host two international events each year: the ITF Pro Circuit ORC Futures Tournament and the Birmingham Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Classic. The Under 18 Ju- nior Nationals, a prestigious all-Canadian event

fat % evaluations any time. PLUS, programmable Smart Keys are now available to customize and track your fitness program on your own or with one of our Trainers.

Ready to try

something new? ORC’s extensive floor plan boasts seven different dedicated studios. From Pilates to Spinning, Karate to Group Power and Hot Yoga to Zumba, ORC offers over 100 group fitness classes per week, included in your membership. It is all under one roof!


IHRSA (International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association), which has strict guide- lines on ethical sales for memberships, certifica- tion for staff, and a commitment to give back to the community.

Like the IHRSA clubs world-

wide, ORC has helped to contribute or provide over $1,000,000.00 in cash or in kind to local charities over the last 37 years, thanks in large part to the generosity and support of ORC, its members and partners in the community. This year, the Club has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in a weekend-long fun- draising initiative that involves every member of ORC’s staff, plus almost 1000 members. Always keeping a close eye on changing

trends, ORC has stayed on top by evolving according to the needs of the community and its members. The Club has undergone four major

renovations (1979, 1996, 2002 and

2005), each in response to member requests and industry trends. A fifth major renovation is now underway and will be completed in two phases (see sidebar on page 9). Club staff and members are very excited about these latest alterations.

Looking for something to

keep the kids busy? ORC now offers 2 FREE hours in our newly renovated and modernized Playcentre per day, per child, for all family memberships. Plus, kids receive 2 squash, tennis, or specialized fitness programs per year, per child. That’s not all! Kids have drop in after school fitness activities and fun Monday to Friday and weekends, included. Most fitness programs are FREE for mem- bers but friends can also attend with non-member fee pricing. Check out all our kids and teen programming online at

Stressed out and

need pampering? ORC’s ClubSpa offers registered massage, maintenance packages (manicures, pedicures, waxing) and full body or facial treatments to re- juvenate and regenerate the body.

Worried about

an injury or strain? If you’ve overexerted yourself, pulled or strained a muscle, one of Ontario’s leading athletic clinics can be found inside ORC at Club Physio Plus.

Want more information? Visit or call 905.822.5240

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