Former pro tennis player joins College

2 February 2016
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Beaconhills College is delighted to welcome former professional tennis player Maria Bailey (nee Purcell) to the College’s tennis program.

Maria brings a wealth of experience to the coaching role as an accomplished tennis player, psychologist and mother of six.

She holds a degree in Bachelor of Education (secondary), majoring in Physical Education and Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and is a registered psychologist. She has researched the importance of motor development in children’s cognitive development and academic performance and published peer reviewed journal articles on physical activity and mental health.

A former elite athlete, Maria has played on the international tennis tour, was State number one junior and Australian national representative (both Junior and Masters level). She played American College tennis at Oklahoma State University.

A Tennis Australia Development Coach, Maria has worked in sports administration and coached in clubs and schools. She has a particular interest in ‘mindfulness training’ and is passionate about educating and guiding students to attain their full potential.

“As a mother of six, I encourage tennis participation for families to enhance health, wellbeing and promote quality family time – as well as striving for optimal personal performance,” she said.

“I am delighted to be involved with the tennis program at Beaconhills College.”

Maria will be based at the Pakenham Campus on Mondays (including lunchtime sessions), coach in after school programs and work with the College’s Tennis School of Excellence students to support their performance and wellbeing.

Maria Bailey

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