UPCOMING EVENTS


RA Season Challenge Finals Night
May 18, 2016

Calcutta Auction
May 24, 2016
 
Calcutta Tournament

May 26 to 29, 2016
(barcode 8766) 
 

CLINICS 

Beginner Group Lessons
April 4 to May 16         
(barcode 8706)

Women's Intermediate Clinic
April 4 to May 16         
(barcode 8708)


JUNIOR PROGRAM

Initiation / Progression
April 2 to June 4
(barcode 8703) 

Competitive           
April 2 to June 4
(barcode 8704)

Elite                       
April 2 to June 4
(barcode 8705)


SUMMER SQUASH CAMPS   (Ages 7 - 13)

June 27 to 30            (barcode 8363)


July 11 to 15           
(barcode 836 4)

July 18 to 22          
(barcode 8365)

August 8 to 12
(barcode 8446)


SUMMER SQUASH COMPETITIVE CAMPS
(Ages 9 - 16)   

August 15 to 19
(barcode 8447) 

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All Squash lessons, clinics and camps are provided by:




REGISTER ON-LINE
PlayRA link


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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE  

  Click here to download
Summer Camp Guide

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NHL STANLEY CUP RINGS ARE BACK! 
Molson Coors and the Fieldhouse are once again giving away sets of Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings.
Click here for more info.

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RA


The RA works with great partners representing a wide range of sectors offering benefits to our members and the Association. Partners help the RA offer reduced costs for programs, control Association fees and increase our visibility in the community. 
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Chartwell Retirement Residences invite you to join them for the second seminar in their "Supporting Your Aging Parent" series.
 

Investing in
Your Retirement
Wednesday, May 25 
at 11:00 am
in The Chartwell Curling Lounge at the RA Centre 

Presented by: C├ędric Larigaldie, Financial Coach 

Being financially prepared for retirement is a concern most of us share. If you have questions on what you need to do to prepare, how you can get your investments to work financially smarter for you, or you just want to learn more, please join us for this informative session. 


The session is complimentary.  Please RSVP by May 18 to confirm your attendance.  To RSVP and for more information, please contact Brady Scott at bscott@racentre.com or RA Member Services at 613-733-5100.
 
Club News 
 
RA SQUASH CLUB AGM
Our AGM was held Friday, April 8 at 8:00pm during our Club Championship Tournament. One of the items on the agenda is the appointment of Executive Committee Members for the 2016-2017 squash season. We are happy to announce the new members to the Executive Committee; Paul Bourque, Jeff Hochstadter, Marc Edmunds, and Steve Wallace.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
The RA Club Championships held the weekend of April 8 to 10 provided lots of close matches but in the end the top seeds prevailed in most events.  With only 26 players entered this year, the few women's entries were slotted in with the men and held their own. 

In the 'A' event top seed David Guest dominated throughout, losing only one game to an inspired Rob Mulrooney in round robin play.  In the final David easily defeated Tarun Balarj 3-0. 

In the 'B' event there were numerous upsets but in the end #1 seed Anthony Boschin held on to defeat Fraser Mackinnon-Blair 3-2 in the final.  Fraser made it to the final by upsetting #3 seed Dave Honsberger in the quarters and #2 seed Rex Jung in the semis.  Jon Schofield won the B consolation with an epic 3-2 win over Dave Honsberger with 4 of the 5 games going to extra points.

In the 'C' round robin event #1 seed Mariella Czetwertynski won all of her matches to take top honours.  Alan Smith was the runner up after coming back from 0-2 down and several match balls to win 16-14 in the fifth against Dennis Raymond. 

Steve Wallace dominated throughout the 'D' event to win without the loss of a game.  First year player Alex Ross knocked off top seed Charlie Clarke in the round robin portion but wasn't able to overcome the experience of Steve in the playoff final.

Thanks to Alan Smith for organizing the event with the support of Emily Caillier of the RA.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out with the desk and refereeing, particularly Paul Bourque who worked the desk and refereed every day.  Finally thanks to the RA for providing pizza and beer on Friday night in conjunction with the squash club AGM.

EXHIBITION MATCH
On Saturday, April 23 the RA Squash Club received a visit from David Baillargeon, #143 in the world. The juniors received a few tips from David and even got the chance to challenge him! David and Maxym played an exhibition match in front of more than 25 people. David finally won it 3-1, we heard some people in the crowd saying that Maxym might need some SquashFIT!


SUMMER LEAGUE 
Register today for Summer Squash League!

Wednesday night is open to players ranked in the top 250 in the ODSA Rankenstein rankings. (Regular RA City League players qualify regardless of ranking.)

Tuesday nig
ht is open to players ranked from positions 140 and below in the ODSA Rankenstein rankings. NEW THIS YEAR! We will have a finals night with prizes, food, and beverages. As a result, there will be a small charge to play in the league. The fee is $15 for one league or $20 if you join for both league nights. This fee is waived for players who join for the special summer membership.

Registration is first come, first served,  Maximum player limit of 50 players per night. The number of players may be reduced to accommodate an even number of players or teams. REGISTER EARLY to avoid missing out!   
 
Tuesday  (Barcode 8876)  
Wednesday  (Barcode 8877)  
Tuesday & Wednesday  (Barcode 8880)

RA SEASON CHALLENGE
This year's tournament is in full swing so make sure you get your matches in. The Finals Night will be held on Wednesday, May 18. Please mark this date in your schedule and plan to attend!

SUMMER MEMBERSHIPS 
Interested in playing squash over the summer months? The RA Squash summer memberships are available for purchase with our member services for $199 (May 1 to August 31, 2016).

SPONSORSHIPS 
We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for club events, leagues, and tournaments. If you know someone who may be interested in sponsoring an activity, please contact Steve Gobel at steve.p.gobel@gmail.com.


FACILITY UPDATES  

UPPER SQUASH VIEWING GALLERY: As mentioned in the March 11 Squash Club e-blast, the Club Executive Committee has endorsed the locking of the squash gallery door to prevent non-paying players from accessing the lower east area. The gallery door will remain open during City League, Women's City League and tournament play. The RA staff came to the Squash Executive Committee with these concerns and the executive can assure you that the decision to lock the door was debated and carefully thought through.

Be assured that the Squash Executive does take the feedback of its members seriously and the matter is still being studied.  The Squash Executive Committee has asked the RA staff to investigate the installation of a swipe card access at the door to the hallway that is now locked. This would allow members to access the upper gallery directly in addition to accessing through the staircase at the end of the hall.

Concurrent with this change, the RA agreed to keep the lower door to the staircase open. Members should have full access to the upper gallery by going up the staircase at the end of the hall by court 4.  

LOWER EAST HALLWAY: The plumbing work in the lower east hallway is nearing completion.  Although this work will take longer than originally planned, the hallway is expected to re-open for members' use by the end of this week.

MENS EAST LOCKER ROOM: The Men's East locker room is CLOSED and will re-open first thing Monday, May 16 to allow for the application of epoxy to the wall, floor and ceiling of the steam room area. 

LADIES EAST LOCKER ROOM: The ladies' east locker room shower, washroom and sauna areas are blocked off and will remain unavailable for the entire duration of the steam room installation.  Until the completion of all work and the re-opening of the locker room and steam room, all women are asked to use the Central or West locker rooms.  In addition, a dry sauna is available for your use in the Central locker room. Please see the Member Services staff for the door codes. 

WASHROOMS: Please note that men's and ladies' washrooms located off the arena hallway can be accessed by turning left at the top of the ramp and proceeding through the doors, into the arena hallway.  

POTHOLES: After a winter that was exceptionally difficult on Ottawa streets and roadways, we will be moving ahead with road repairs. Quotes were tendered and the contract has been awarded with work scheduled to begin in mid-May once the asphalt plants are in full operation.
 
 
 


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