“Our daughter Jacki had been approached by a University in the States and offered a full golfing scholarship on completing Grade 12, only to find she did not satisfy the NCAA Clearinghouse. We were at a total loss on how to proceed.......that is until we were introduced to Blair O'Hara at Stride Sports International.
It was possible for Jacki to attend a Junior College in the States for two years and then (on graduating) proceed to University. Within a short two weeks Jacki had been approached by two Colleges offering golf scholarships thanks to Blair's hardwork, and she was subsequently accepted into Tyler Junior College. Jacki was overwhelmed when recently approached by no less than seven Division 1 Universities to proceed with her studies while playing on their golf team.
Jacki's success in the States as a student-athlete would not have been possible without the initial guidance and encouragement provided by Blair. He showed a great concern for placing Jacki at a school where she would have success, and continues to show an interest in her progress. We just want to express our gratitude to Blair who set Jacki on the right path and she has truly benefited from her experience at Junior College. Keep up the great work!!”
-John and Carolyn Marshall
“I would just like to personally thank you for the way you helped me back in 2008! My past 2 years at Tyler have absolutely flown by and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I realize that these two years would not have turned out the same for me if it wasn’t for you! Not only do I owe you thanks for the last two years, but I also owe thanks to you for setting me down the path which has led to the University of Oklahoma!”
"When I started out my college tennis search I had limited knowledge and idea on how to go about it. But my future looked a lot brighter when I was put in touch with Stride. Being an international student, my knowledge of America was vague. Stride advised me every step of the way from creating a list of coaches to contact to applying the finishing touches of my admission. His knowledge and experience from being a former college tennis player and tennis coach was vital in his role in guiding me throughout the process.
With my academic achievement and tennis ability, Blair at Stride helped me set realistic targets as to what kind of universities and colleges to aim for. As I live far away from Blair, I have never had a chance to meet with him. But that did not stop him from providing expert advice and guiding me with a personal approach. Based on my tennis video, Blair went on to advise me how I could go about improving my game and liaising with the coaches. I was eventually offered by a number of highly ranked DIII universities and colleges, and some was accompanied with a decent sum of financial aid package and scholarship. My final choice was the Emory University, one of my dream schools for me to excel in both my college studies and tennis for the next four years. I would like to thanks Blair for his guidance and assistance as that has made a difference in my college choice."
"We had absolutely no prior experience looking for an overseas scholarship so without the services Stride and Blair prodived securing the scholarship would have been impossible. Blair was always there when we needed help. He gave us great insight as a former college Division 1 student-athlete."
"Thanks so much to Blair and Stride for making college a reality for me. The weather is awesome. I went to the beach today and I've been shopping... everything is a fair bit cheaper here. The dorms are really nice and my roommates are nice and really focused on school and tennis. Practice is fairly intense at time and there is a big focus on strength and conditioning so I feel a lot fitter and stronger on the court. The competition is really strong and there are lots of rivalries against some of the other colleges. Everything is going good. I can't believe the awesome weather... I never want to leave" - currently at San Diego State University
“The level of golf over here is high and makes me really dedicate myself to practicing and getting better. I need to be on my game to compete with other college golfers who are my age. College golf is definitely the best place for me to be at the moment as I am trying to improve my game and take it to the next level. The University is really nice and the people I’ve met over here will be my friends probably for life which is great. The coaching is available to me anytime which is very useful. USA is different to Australia in many ways and that took a little getting used to but I am definitely glad I made the decision to commit to ULL and play on the Cajun Golf Team. The experience of living overseas has matured me as a person and an athlete which I am grateful for. Thanks to Blair and Stride for making it happen for me.” - Currently at University of Louisiana - Lafayette