Anguilla Tennis Academy’s Summer Camp

A wonderful way for children to spend their summer days!…

The Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) encourages young children between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18) to participate in its 23rd annual 2018 Summer camp. The 2018 ATA Summer camp is being organized by Mr. Chris Wade, Director of Athletics at T Bar M Racquet Club and Mr. Mitchelle Lake, Founder and President of the ATA.

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The 2018 Summer camp will commence on Monday, July 16th 2018 and culminate on Friday, July 27th 2018.

During the second week of the camp, international coaches and college players will be on hand to impart their skills and knowledge with your children. Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes and witness some exhibition tennis matches. Each camp participant will also receive an official 2018 ATA Summer camp T-shirt.

The cost per child for the two week summer camp is US$50.00.

Please contact us at or via phone at 476-1254 to register your child/children.

More Stories of Success From Anguilla Tennis Academy

Last week we shared the inspiring stories of Anguilla Tennis Academy students Nzingha Banks, Tamisha Richardson and Sabrina Connor.

Incredible achievements thanks to the exceptional opportunities provided by the Anguilla Tennis Academy and its founder, Mr. Mitchelle Lake, the heartwarming stories of success continue this week!

Our congratulations Alex Fleming Lake on his fantastic presentation for TEDx…

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Alex is the son of the founder and President of the ATA, Mr. Mitchelle Lake and has been an active participant in the After School Program. Please take a moment to listen to Alex’s presentation as he seeks to share his message with the world. Click below to watch.



Avern Gumbs graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management. Upon graduation, she enrolled in a Masters of Public Administration program at Clark Atlanta University where her focus is in Public Policy. Avern successfully completed her first year of graduate school with a 4.0 GPA. This remarkable feat was accomplished while Avern served as the Assistant Tennis Coach to the Clark Atlanta University Women’s Tennis team who placed second in the 2018 conference season with a win/loss record of 13-3 and overall record of 15-7. In addition, Avern served as the Assistant Academic Advisor for Student Athletes within the Athletic Department.

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Currently, Avern has taken a keen interest into the Local Government sector where she serves as a Special Projects intern for the City of Smyrna at Smyrna City Hall. Through this opportunity, she occasionally interacts with Mayors, council men and women and learn valuable information as to how cities are run.

Avern ended her first school year as the appointed 2018-2019 Communications Officer for the Public Administration Student Association and as the Co-Founder and President of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) of Clark Atlanta University Student Chapter.

Founder and President of the Anguilla Tennis Academy, Mr. Mitchelle Lake remarked, “Avern embarked on her tertiary education at the tender age of 16 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the age of 20. She has blossomed into a confident young lady with a strong work ethic. Avern is making a substantial impact at Clark Atlanta University. She is also a great ambassador for the ATA program.”

We take this opportunity to congratulate Avern Gumbs and wish her continued success in her graduate studies.


Rodrigo Vazquez was the most recent Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) graduate to attend college on a tennis athletic scholarship. In the Fall of 2017, Rodrigo began his Freshman year at LeTourneau University, Texas. He is concentrating on a Bachelor of Science (BS) in the field of Engineering.

During his first semester, Rodrigo enrolled into an Introductory to Engineering course where he successfully designed, built and programmed a 3D printer. In addition, he designed other 3D models using an engineering software program that will be used to construct future engineering projects such as weather stations. He also enrolled in introduction to computer engineering where he was taught the basis of the components of a computer and Calculus where he was introduced to the world of derivatives and its various applications to the field of engineering.

During his second semester, Rodrigo enrolled in Introduction to Engineering practices II. He was a member of an engineering team that successfully designed and built a portable weather station. Various parts of the weather station were designed and programmed by Rodrigo using a 3D modeling software program.

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Rodrigo stated, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at LeTourneau thus far. I truly believe that it was the best choice overall. My skills and knowledge are put to the test on a daily basis which will help to shape me into the engineer that I want to be. In addition, the experience of being part of the tennis team is like no other. My teammates and I strive to make each other better every day. I am very thankful for the ATA and the opportunity to train at such a great facility and with amazing coaches.”

Rodrigo was the only tennis player from the freshman class of new tennis recruits to be named to the LeTourneau Yellow Jackets starting lineup as most of the returning players filled the other spots. The team finished third in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) this Fall and lost in the second round at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) tournament. Rodrigo is currently in Anguilla on Summer break and giving back by working with the younger children in the ATA’s After School Program.

Founder and President of the ATA, Mr. Mitchelle Lake stated, “I am proud of Rodrigo and his first year accomplishments. He is making great strides towards fulfilling his dream to become an engineer. The ATA is helping to develop and advance great young minds through the sport of tennis. I applaud Rodrigo coming back to Anguilla and imparting his knowledge and skills to the younger children in the ATA’s After School Program.”

We take this opportunity to congratulate Rodrigo Vazquez and his proud parents Mr. Raul Vazquez and Mrs. Alicia Vazquez.

Amazing Success Stories: HUGE Congratulations to Anguilla Tennis Academy!

The Anguilla Tennis Academy and its founder, Mr. Mitchelle Lake have profoundly changed the lives of many since the Anguilla Tennis Academy opened its doors in 1996.

Not only has Mr. Mitchelle Lake provided a wonderful outlet for children to engage in sports, the school also has a tremendous scholarship program.

The stories of achievement earned by these hard working students in 2018 are nothing short of incredible.

Join me in saying a big congratulations to Mr. Mitchelle Lake and his students, Nzingha Banks, Tamisha Richardson and Sabrina Connor on all of their success!

Nzingha Banks graduates with a Masters of Accounting in Advisory and Consulting from University of Kansas

One year after completing her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Accounting & Finance at Washburn University, we again celebrate with Nzingha Banks as she graduates with her Masters of Accounting in Advisory & Consulting from the University of Kansas.

During her Masters of Accounting program at the University of Kansas, Nzingha was inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society while securing a 3.89 grade point average (GPA). She also worked as a business consultant for JayHawk Consulting. Additionally, she completed a Business and Culture in Latin America study abroad program at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

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Nzingha completed her Masters of Accounting program in March, but she is not done! Currently, she is on track to become CPA qualified over the next few months. Nzingha is currently working on internships and gaining additional work experience.

Founder and President of the ATA, Mr. Mitchelle Lake stated, “I am proud of Nzingha and her outstanding accomplishments. She has been an exceptional leader and ambassador for the Anguilla Tennis Academy from her studies at Washburn University and now at the University of Kansas. I remain confident in her abilities and know that she will make a positive contribution in her Accounting career.”

We take this opportunity to congratulate Nzingha Banks and her proud parents Dr. Phyllis Fleming-Banks and Mr. Ken Banks.

Tamisha Richardson Graduates with Honors, Summa Cum Laude

Tamisha enrolled at Virginia State University (VSU) on a tennis athletic scholarship January, 2015 and graduated with honors, summa cum laude on May 13th 2018 with a 3.9 cumulative grade point average (gpa). She now holds a Bachelors Degree in Health and Physical Education Recreation and Dance with a minor in Health Science.

Tamisha was Team Captain of the VSU Lady Trojans and completed her final tennis season with a win/loss record of 11-6 in singles and 14-3 in doubles. The VSU Lady Trojans also completed their tennis season with a record of 12-5 becoming the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division 2018 champions. Tamisha Richardson and three other tennis athletes were named to the 2018 All-CIAA Women’s tennis team. In addition, Tamisha along with 21 other student-athletes that were selected for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar Awards.

Tamisha Richardson is a proud member of the National Society of Leadership and Success Society, Golden Key International Society, and the VSU Honors Program. Her future plan is to complete a Masters degree in Health while pursuing her career goal in Physical Therapy.

Tamisha stated, ” I could not have reached this far in life without God, my family, friends, colleagues, professors, coaches, and supporters. The Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) prepared me mentally and physically to endure my college years of being a student athlete. This was a rewarding experience as I was not only awarded a tennis scholarship to play college tennis, but I was able to show my talents and mature as a more confident individual. Thank you Coach Mitch, for seeing my talents at a young age and recognizing the potential I had to play tennis at the collegiate level. Many thanks to all the coaches that trained with me, advised me, and instructed me throughout my college tennis career. Thanks to my family, friends, colleagues, professors, teammates, supporters, and everyone for being there for me along my educational journey.”

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Founder and President of the ATA, Mr. Mitchelle Lake stated, “ I am proud of Tamisha and all her academic and athletic achievements at Virginia State University. She has demonstrated over the past four years that success can be achieved through hard work, determination and commitment. I wish her continued success in her educational journey.”

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Tradition Sailing Back in Anguilla Blue April 7th

Sailing back in Anguilla blue this April 7th is none other than one of the #1 Anguilla excursions…

Tradition Sailing

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Tradition is currently getting herself spiffed up for the new season, and is open for bookings (first day back in the water = April 7th)!

Excursions, include…

  • Tradition Sundowner Sailing Cruise (with champagne cocktails)
    Prickly Pear BBQ Lunch & Snorkel Sail
    Lobster Lunch Half Day Sail, rated as the “Best Day Sail Experience” on TripAdvisor (now offered as a private charter)
    For full details on all excursions, visit…
    To book: Email or Call: 1 264 476 7245

With a couple surprises up their sleeves for even more opportunities to be part of the Tradition Experience, stay tuned!

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