Sun and Surf 2018: Entry Deadline Extended to Aug 10!
 
Jericho
Squash Pro, Richard Yendell says the Sun and Surf (running Aug 15-19) is going to be a fantastic event with approximately 115 players thinking they can outrun zombies in this year's themed weekend: "Squash the Walking Dead".
 
Both the Men's and Women's Open draws are possibly the strongest and deepest I've seen in my tenure here at Jericho.  All our divisions have seen consistent registrations and we look forward to some great matches here at the club.
 
For those of you who haven't been to Jericho recently, the club has upgraded their pool and hot tub. And the ocean-front patios are simply spectacular!  There will be a pool side DJ playing from 2pm-6pm on Saturday afternoon along with a new pool side bar offering service. Saturday night will be a themed dinner and dance party including prizes for best costume.
 
So that everyone can join in on the fun, Richard has extended the entry deadline until Friday August 10th at 12pm. Join in for a great weekend of squash, Sun and Surf style! Click here to sign up!


Squash BC 2018/19 ramping up to be a busy season!

It is going to be a busy and fun year of Squash in British Columbia!
 
The Squash BC 2018/19 Calendar with is full of tournaments (40 competitions are currently listed on the calendar from September 2018 to May 2019) being held by our Squash BC member clubs.
 
Squash BC is now working with Club Pro's and Coaches to schedule this season's junior developmental pathway events, coaching courses and officiating clinics.
 
Keep checking in on the Squash BC calendar as it is being updated regularly!   Fast approaching is...


Women's Squash Week - September 15-22, 2018!

Celebrate Women's Squash in September with a club event!
 
Squash BC is proud to be hosting the province wide annual Women's Squash Week event September 15-22, 2018.

Women's Squash Week is to promote social play to inspire women to reconnect on the court and off. Through Women's Squash Week our aim is to help clubs increase membership, improve member engagement, increase lessons and participation in leagues, tournaments and other events and overall sustain squash at your club and in BC.
 
A toolkit with loads of ideas for events for hosting and promoting a Women's Squash Week event is being mailed to all clubs .
 
Promoting Women's Squash in Your Community
 
The tool kits will include a registration form for participating that will enable Squash BC to promote a club's event(s) on the website and in your direct community through media .
 
Pick a Female Champion in your Community
 
Squash BC is suggesting that club pros pick a Female Champion to help plan and promote your Women's Squash Week event. This female member of your club should be a key person that can help support you in planning by recruiting volunteers, promoting and participating in your club's event(s).
 
Dates to Remember:
 
August 15: Select your Champion and Register your event with Squash BC
August 15 - September 15: Promote your events and recruit volunteers
September 15 - 22: Host your Women's Squash Week Events





For more information contact Squash BC at office@squashbc.com


Officials... "Make it Official"
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In preparation for the coming season, we will need referees from our squash community to ensure our competitions are played fairly, safely and in the positive spirit that we have all come to enjoy.
 
A few years ago, Squash Canada went through an officials' program (singles), database and website update which resulted in a mis-match between Squash BC's listed officials and those registered in the "official" Squash Canada Officials database. The database and website are maintained by Squash Canada and helps streamline the management of the officiating certification program.
 
To get back in alignment, we ask all certified officials to make their certification "official" by registering onto Squash Canada's Officials database:   www.squashcanadaofficial.com 

Click on the 'register' link (top right) and complete the profile form.

Referees, please register today!



Revelstoke Squash Club Golfing Fundraiser a big success!

The 
Revelstoke Squash Club  held a very successful Golf Tournament Fundraiser on July 28 th , netting just over $4,000. The event featured 32 golfers who participated in a team scramble or best ball format. There was also a silent auction and other fun activities including a $10,000 hole in one hole (no one got the hole in one unfortunately), and long drive and closest to the pin contests. The club will be hosting another Golf Tournament next spring/early summer.

The Club is raising money towards building a new squash facility in Revelstoke to replace the aging two-court facility it currently operates out of. Renovations to the existing club will prove to be too expensive considering the building code, electrical and other updates that will need to be done to ensure the long-term future of the club.
 
Further, the fact that the current facility is in a privately-owned building means that the club will not be able to apply for any grants, lottery licenses or other government or social funding sources due to the fact that they do not fund projects that involve leasehold improvements to privately owned property.
 
The Squash Club has about 5 years before the current facility is no longer viable. The current plan is to build a new four-court squash facility at the City-owned Revelstoke Golf Club. The facility would replace the aging clubhouse and include a world class indoor climbing facility as well. The City of Revelstoke has engaged a consultant to determine the viability of this project. That report is due to be received by the City in the next few weeks. In the meantime, the Squash Club is working on a variety of fundraising initiatives. Anyone with any questions about this project can contact the Revelstoke Squash Club's president, Kevin Dorrius at kdorrius@telus.net

SquashFEST 2018 sizzling squash with a smidgeon of smoke
(written by Tournament Organizer Robert Pacey of Squash Republic)

The eighth annual SquashFEST in Summerland BC was another SOLD OUT show, but it almost didn't happen.


The Lakeshore Racquets Club had suffered a flood in May and one of the courts was still not ready which meant we were going to have to play on two instead of three courts. This was bad news but not the end of the world. Then, on the Thursday before the event, there was the Global News reporter choking back smoky tears as she explained how the highway between Peachland and Summerland had been closed and an evacuation order had been put in place. Peachland was being EVACUATED! Luckily SquashFEST has friends who live in the area and we were able to confirm that things really weren't so bad. On Friday morning the decision was made to go and off we went. 
 
Both highways were open and while Friday night smelled a bit "campfirey" all anyone will remember of that night was the amazing pizza and the midnight singles match between Madeleine and Liz Macey. That has to go down in the record books as the latest official Squash BC squash match! Some may also remember the first round of dingles in which only one team was "prepared" to play. 
 
At 6am on Saturday morning you couldn't see across the lake due to the smoke, but luckily matches didn't start until 9 and by then the smoke had completely cleared. Thanks to everyone who kept us on schedule for the entire day (which also has to be a record.) The potluck BBQ was a success and Dingles started earlier than normal. I wish I could remember who won Dingles this year. I'm kidding. Congrats to Justin Currie and Kevin Lahay for their win over Olivia Maxwell and Giuila Muraca. Team Homies will be back next year to reclaim the trophy.
 
The finals all took place on Sunday at a reasonable time and the club was cleaned up and locked up by 1pm. Thanks to the Lakeshore Racquets Club for hosting us and thanks to Michelle and our friends at Murray's Pizza for the great 'za on Friday. Thanks also to SportyHQ and Squash BC for their assistance with this event.
 
For more info on how the draws turned out and the complete list of winners please check out SquashFEST's official website
 
BONUS: We just published 135 photos from this year's event and we invite you check out the album

See you the third weekend of July next year (July 19-21, 2019) for the NINTH annual SquashFEST. 
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