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Mayor of Markham welcomes India tennis delegation


June 18th, 2018

Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti seen with visiting youth members of India tennis delegation.

A tennis delegation from India representing Punjab-based Singha Sports Academy recently visited the City of Markham.

The mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti personally welcomed the youth members at his office in Markham City Hall on June 18, 2018. The mayor spoke about a multicultural Markham and the city’s leadership in encouraging such visits in building bridges and boosting the sports ties between Canada and India. The mayor was kind enough to spare time out of his busy schedule and make the visiting party home.

“Markham has plenty to offer in a diverse setting and we welcome youth delegation from India to experience by themselves on this unique opportunity what the city has to offer,” Scarpitti addressed to 6-member tennis youth team.

Mayor also spoke about the large South Asian diaspora contributing to the city of Markham and the city offering its residents with world-class opportunities to live, work and play. He talked about the city as Canada’s most diverse community which enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy.

Scarpitti later on presented the team members from Singha Sports Academy hats and pins with Markham emblem.

Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti presenting members of Indian youth tennis delegation with hats and pins.

The delegation from Punjab, India visited Markham for a week to undergo tennis coaching and play some recreational games. The youth members were encouraged to use the power of the game to move forward and make a difference in their life.

This opportunity was made possible by the leadership of Unionville Tennis club.  Rila Levine, President of Unionville Tennis Club welcomed the tennis party and arranged coaching of the youth members under Tennis Canada coach Andy Sutton.

The delegation seen with Rila Levine, president of Unionville Tennis Club (2nd far right) and coach Andy Sutton (on her right).

Community leader Arun Prasad was instrumental in the getting the tennis delegation from India to Canada. A great tennis enthusiast, Mr Prasad took them to a tour of the Markham City Hall and talked about the great city and its traditions.

Tennis Canada coach Andy Sutton later coached them personally guiding them how to be on top of their game. His assistant Tyler also provided the coaching next day.

Coach Andy Sutton seen in the middle.


Assistant coach Tyler seen with players.

The members of Singha Sports Academy had a great experience as they returned back to India on June 24, 2018 with some great experience and a pleasant stay in a vibrant city of Markham.