Aforza Alumni

2021 Liam Spiers

Elite program player, Liam Spiers, signed with Ottawa University in Phoenix and will play for the OUAZ men’s team starting this August 2021.

Your coach:

Jeff Spiers

How old were you when you started to play tennis, when did you join the Academy?

4, 10

What is next for you?

OUAZ in Phoenix, AZ

How old you were when you started to take tennis seriously, what or who inspired or motivated you to do so?

I started taking tennis seriously when I was around 9 years old. I had joined tennis academy and was put into Coach Wills group. I was probably the worst player at the time and Will helped me develop into the player I am today. I played my very first tennis match at the winter club against Emma Rutherford and lost horrendously 6-0,6-0. From then on I fell in love with tennis and with the competitive nature of it. The person who inspired me was my first coach Will Hotomanie. He always encouraged me and helped me develop my love for the sport. Will would always say to me that his number 1 goal was for me to love the game and he definitely accomplished that goal.

What was your biggest challenge in obtaining your tennis goals?

My biggest challenge in obtaining my tennis goals would probably be my mental state. I was always told that I’m “too nice” or “too gentle” and I needed to be more competitive. Learning to have a more competitive mentality and nature was definitely a big challenge for me.

Please share your fondest memories from your training or competition with Aforza?

I feel great about my experiences at aforza. I learnt a lot through my hours spent there and built so many strong relationships. It was really my happy place as I grew up.

Please share your most notable tennis achievement(s):

2018 U18 provincial champion
2019 U18 provincial Champion
2020 finished Junior Career ranked #1 in Alberta
2021 Alberta open singles finalist
2022 GSAC all conference title
2022 NAIA west region rookie of the year
2022 Alberta open singles/doubles winner
Currently ranked #1 in Alberta for men’s open singles and 33 in Canada (as of 08/16/2022)
Currently 11.48 UTR rating (as of 08/16/2022)
Currently playing for San Diego State University