MICHELLE JAG­GARD-LAI SPEAKER, COACH AND FOR­MER PRO­FES­SIONAL TEN­NIS PLAYER, WAKEHURST TEN­NIS

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Where are you from orig­i­nally and where do you call home now? I grew up in a small sub­urb in Syd­ney, Bard­well Park, and now re­side in Frenchs For­est on the North­ern Beaches. I want to build a home in the coun­try re­gions of NSW and live half the year in Spain in fu­ture. Who or what in­spires you at the mo­ment? I’m in­spired by great peo­ple who stand for some­thing, aren’t

afraid to be their own per­son or im­pact and share knowl­edge with oth­ers. I of­ten find my­self thank­ing my men­tors as I come full cir­cle and re­alise how lucky I’ve been to know them. What’s the most im­por­tant project you are work­ing on right now? I’m work­ing on the vi­sion as prin­ci­pal for a 20-year project, de­vel­op­ing a multi-pur­pose sport venue which in­cludes a team of spe­cialised busi­nesses in sport, health, ed­u­ca­tion and cross-pol­li­na­tion learn­ing con­cepts in pre­dom­i­nately a com­mu­nity-based venue. Be­sides this ‘Project Michelle’ is al­ways evolv­ing. Trend to watch in the in­dus­try or in busi­ness? I think peo­ple are re­spect­ing learn­ing from ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tors and knowl­edge­able men­tors who pro­vide strong base foun­da­tions and vi­sion for per­for­mance re­sults, whether for busi­ness or per­sonal devel­op­ment. Team­work and sim­plic­ity are also val­ued more to­day. Favourite quote or words to live by? I cre­ated my own when I started coach­ing 20 years ago: Be bet­ter than yes­ter­day. It has al­ways kept me mo­ti­vated and lov­ing learn­ing, or giv­ing me peace in know­ing I’m do­ing my best in what I know to­day.

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