Go Team BC!
Cheer on Team BC at the 2020 Canadian Masters Team Championships !
The Masters fun has now begun at the beautiful Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (Jan 10-12). Since BC is the host province we are able to field 2 teams in the event.

Come out and support our Teams "B" and "C" as they try to knock off defending champions Team Ontario!

Team "B": Carolyn Russell, Lauren Wagner, Emma Parke, Richard Yendell, Andrew Lynn, Trevor Latimer and Bruce Matthews

Team "C": Cathy Covernton, Valerie Johnson, Dara Sklar, Jeff Boag, Jay Anderson, Steve Hawyes and Thomas Clark
Photo above: Lauren dominating the T in her win over her Team Manitoba opponent, Leanne Jones.

We have even located a Team BC cheer to support the team which was used at the 2019 Canada Winter Games by BC Teams! Go Team BC!
Trevor & Andrew keeping it loose between games
Steve and his Alberta opponent, Darren Thomson
Trevor hitting hard against Team Manitoba Don Bushuk
BC Men's Team thanks Jesters Air Miles Program
With support from the Jesters Airmiles program and Squash BC, we are excited to be fielding a Men's Team at the 2020 Canadian Men's Team Championships to be held in wintry Winnipeg (Feb 14-16).

We will have an exceptionally strong team made up of Ryan Picken ( Jericho Tennis Club), Tristan Eysele ( Shawnigan) and Duncan Maxwell ( Vancouver Racquets Club)!

Go Team BC!
The last time BC fielded a Men's Team was in 2018 when Marco Toriz ( Sport Central ), Harry Freeman ( Vancouver Lawn and Tennis ), Matthew Henderson ( Cedar Hill Squash Club ) achieved fifth place position amongst a field of eighteen other teams.

Go Team BC!
Support for BC Women's Team needed!
Donate your unused Aeroplan Points
(deadline this week!)
Squash BC is trying to send a BC Team to the Women's Canadian Team Championships in Gatineau (Ottawa) from Feb 14-16, 2020. 

Last year our team of Nicole Bunyan, Grace Thomas and Rachel Au came 3rd. A super finish given the strong competition across the country.

This year our team of Nicole, Grace Thomas and Lindsey Seginson from Victoria are ready to participate.

Squash BC is covering the entry fee and providing some financial support to help offset the Team's expenses. But we need Aeroplan points to offset their air fares too. 

We're looking for at least 50,000 points and we need them this week. 

Squash BC has created a charitable account with Aeroplan where you can donate your points to help our BC athletes compete nationally.

It's really easy & quick to donate and there is no cost to you ... only those points that you may not be using. 
  • Once you are in your Aeroplan account click on Home. You'll see a drop down menu.
  • Go down to Donate Miles - click 
  • Then type in Squash BC where it asks for the Charity to search
  • Then confirm it's Squash BC you want to donate to
  • Then click on the number of points you would like to donate and hit Donate
  • (you may be asked to log in again. That happened to me. No worries once you've logged in again you end up on the same page you were on.)
  • You'll then see a screen confirming your commitment. Click on the Confirm donation in the bottom left hand side of the screen.  
  • The End 

Please donate!

Go Team BC!
New Years Resolutions! Get squashing in 2020!
Sign up by email to Greg Desaulnier at greg@3des.net
Doubles Officiating Clinic!
Squash "Offi"icionados, Brian Covernton and Greg Desaulniers, will be running the annual doubles officiating clinic on Jan 18th, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

* Learn the rules of doubles squash and start the process to becoming a certified referee.
* There will be a powerpoint presentation with lots of discussion and questions.
* A written exam will be completed by all participants and reviewed at the clinic - everyone passes!
* Once one completes the clinic and exam, the participant will become a certified provincial referee after passing a practical test by refereeing a league or tournament match with a National Referee assessing the participant.

A pass will be achieved if the participant applies the rules consistently and is able to make 10 correct calls and keep proper score.

* Cost is $10.00 (cash at the door) which includes coffee and muffins, rule book, guidelines and some referee tips.
Pacific Coast Open Doubles 2020
Vancouver Racquets Club is pleased to host the 49th Pacific Coast Open Doubles Championships, Jan 24 -26, 2020 in beautiful British Columbia!

The tournament which rotates between Vancouver, Portland and San Francisco, brings together doubles enthusiasts from the West.

This is always a great event with a lot of teams following the tri-city tour and a lot of great competition!

Find yourself a partner and register today. Not only will you get a great tournament souvenir, exciting squash, but also the chance to meet and mingle with fellow players over the weekend.

We're looking forward to a fun-filled week!
Trend Diesel Nanaimo Open
Jan 24-26, 2020
Come and join us from Jan 24-26th for a fantastic tournament that includes:
  • Friday and Saturday dinner
  • Tournament T shirt
  • 3 Matches guaranteed
  • Top draw playing for a $2500 prize purse
  • Oliver equipment prizes

Ranking points will be used for draw placement. Those wanting to play in the 'Open' draw should have 1600 points or more.
For the list and description of the Squash BC awards
Recognize the great Volunteers in our great game!
Deadline Feb 4
With the squash season halfway done, Squash BC invites you to take notice of the players in your community who are involved and giving back to the sport.

We offer several awards to recognize exceptional members of the squash community and encourage you to nominate someone who you think should be recognized for their efforts or achievements.

Deadline to nominate is Feb 4!
Sea to Sky Tournament 2020 (Feb 14-16)
We are looking forward to welcoming you back (or for the first time) to beautiful Squamish on the Family Day weekend 2020 for another awesome squash tournament.

This is a fun-filled weekend with new and old friends, delicious food, cold beer, and of course - competitive squash matches!

Our squash club is located on the picturesque Sea to Sky Squamish Valley Golf Course, and we're located right between Vancouver and Whistler.
Best Value Tournament! Included: Friday night chili, 2 beer tickets, Saturday night dinner & dance, Sat/Sun morning muffin & coffee, tournament souvenir & prizes for each category.
Squash BC BC Closed Singles Championships to be held Feb 21-23 at VRC's 'West Coast Classic' tournament.

Squash BC is proud to partner with the Vancouver Racquets Club in presenting the BC Closed Provincial Championships at their popular West Coast Classic event.

Details are still being sorted out, but we decided to merge the best of both worlds to provide a tournament offering that excites our players.

VRC's annual tournament (known as the PCO run by Steve Lawton for many years and now the West Coast Classic) has been a popular and well-attended tournament for over 38 years.

Their Thursday night Ladies Night, paper airplane competition and fantastic social activities always draw a formidable crowd. We look forward to setting up the tournament on SportyHQ soon so that all can sign up!

Save the date!

2020 Summerland Squash Tournament
Feb 28-Mar 2
The 2020 Summerland tournament is the 2nd tournament being hosted at Lakeshore Drive. Last year's tournament was very successful with over 50 entries. We will be using 2 courts with a middle court for a Practice court.

The club is on Okanagan lake with spectacular views. The tournament hotel is also on the lake and a 1 minute stroll to the club. Hotel is a 4* resort and has hot tubs,pool, spas for a $99-$129 room rate ! Summerland waterfront resort - 1-877 494 98111

The tournament includes:
3 matches minimum
A category for All levels of players including over 55 and junior U15 event
Friday night pizza
Saturday Night Dinner with 1 hour Free Open bar which will include beer,wine and soft drinks.
BC Juniors
Jesters Jericho Junior Open
Entry deadline Jan 12
Jericho is proud to kick off 2020 with one of the best Junior Squash Events in BC!

Join us at the beautiful Jericho Tennis Club for a fun weekend of squash and social events.

There will be lots of great squash, prizes and excitement throughout the weekend!
Junior Pathway Events
Squash BC has partnered with our member club coaches and pros to develop, implement and support a vibrant Junior Pathways Development Program that encourages kids to take up the sport, helps them develop their skills and progressively introduces them to competition.
Photo above: Shawn Zwierzchoski assisting Andrew Mount at recent Jr Pathway event at VRC
Mission Developing event
This Developmental Junior Pathway event being run by Shawn Zwierzchowski will involve skills acquisition, drills, coach assessment and cooperative play with a focus on skills execution! Entry includes snacks, a souvenir and lots of Fun!

This session is from 1pm to 4 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Mission Leisure Centre.

If there are sufficient entrants, a separate session may be conducted from 9am to 12noon on Jan 18th.
Progressive Cedar Hill Feb 1
This is a tournament for juniors new to the tournament squash scene where they will be introduced to proper match play, reffing, and good sportsmanship habits.

This event will be running Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Cedar Hill squash courts from 12pm-3pm.

Along with getting tournament experience we will be giving pizza, gatorade, and a souvenir to all participants.
Van Lawn is a all white clothing club while playing squash. Please remember to wear 90% white clothing.

Parking is available anywhere on the premises.
Progressive VLT Feb 8
Join in on the fun! -- Juniors will play round robin games and then will be sorted into groups of similar level playing abilities for a mini fun tournament.

1 to 4 pm Saturday Feb 8. There will be a 'cups' theme tournament for this event. Hit the cups along the side walls to win extra points.

This Junior Pathway event being run by Viktor Berg will involve skills acquisition, drills, coach assessment and cooperative play with a focus on skills execution!
The Junior Pathway Program is funded through the 2020 Fund. Income accumulated through this endowment fund is used to promote the growth of the game through the development of junior squash. To donate to the 2020 Fund, click here .
Juniors need to play in their appropriate age category in this event.

To participate in Squash BC Closed Championships: Athletes must be members of Squash BC and must have physically resided in BC and maintained their primary address in BC for the 12 months preceding a Closed Championship or must be Canadian Citizens or have Permanent Resident status and must have a permanent address in BC.

[photo of various 2019 participants]
BC Junior Closed registration open!
The BC Junior Closed is being held at  River Club  on Mar 6-8, 2020. With a limit of 120 entries and Provincial Championship bragging rights at play, juniors need to sign up now.
These are Squash BC's annual junior (U19) singles championships showcasing BC's top junior athletic talents and providing critical competition opportunities for our emerging elite juniors.

Spectators enjoy high-calibre play from Provincial, Regional and Canada Winter Game squad members and fierce contests as these championship titles are on the line.

Don't miss the early bird rates!
Women & Girls in Squash
The Squash BC Emerging Female Leader in Squash has been recognized as one of the most progressive sport-marketing programs in Canada. Through the program, club's who participated in Women's Squash Week (WSW) are able to nominate their own WSW Ambassador as an Emerging Female Leader and have a chance to win a $500 grant that will further support squash participation in women and girls in their community.

Last year one of the two recipients of this grant was Rebecca Vassilakakis nominated by Rob Kozlowski for her effort with the Nelson Squash Club's 2018 WSW.

The Nelson Squash Club used the grant funds in multiple ways. The funds helped to facilitate a ladies squash planning night that attracted fifteen women in a program that evaluating new women's squash formats and resulted in two new format alternatives.

The first of the format options led to a program for improving basic squash skills in this segment through offering two drills/skills nights following league play. As a result of the grant the club now boasts a weekly box league with sixteen women.

It is expected that the second of the new formats will be piloted in 2020.
The Emerging Female Leader in Squash Grant brings results to the Nelson Squash Club.
"A s the recipient of this grant I want to say thank you to Squash BC. These funds allowed us to help facilitate more opportunities for women in our sport in Nelson. This is an area that our club has put a focus on growing and we are excited for the momentum. We are now looking at delivering an event that focuses on women in our region that would include Nelson, trail, Castlegar and Cranbrook " said Vassilakakis
The nominations for the 2019 Emerging Leaders has been extended.

Participating WSW clubs are now able to get their nominations to Squash BC: office @squashbc.com by January 31st.
Squash BC Announcements
Unused Air Miles or Aeroplan Points??
Squash BC has the perfect use for those points. We have several active programs supporting our BC athletes.

Consider donating your unused points to Squash BC to:
* help offset costs of travel for our athletes competing nationally;
* support coaches travelling across BC in the upcoming "roving coaches" program;
* to name a few.

For further information on how to donate to the two air rewards program please contact Nancy Thompson, Executive Director executive.director@squashbc.com
Squash BC Job Opportunity - Post Secondary Program Coordinator
Squash BC's focus is to increase participation in the game of squash. One of the key programs to support this mandate is the development and implementation of a Post-Secondary Squash Program to introduce and promote squash to post-secondary students as a life-time sport; to help maximize court usage at post-secondary institutes (PSI) where squash courts exist on campus; and to partner PSI without squash courts with nearly squash facilities. The program is primarily a grassroots initiative.
Squash BC is seeking a well organized, energetic individual to develop and implement the program starting in the early new year. This is a part time two year contract with potential for future opportunities. An honorarium is being offered.
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Skills sets being sought:
  • Experience developing and implementing programs or projects
  • Marketing and promotion experience to attract and retain participants
  • Understands the post-secondary experience
  • Has knowledge of squash as a player and/or coach
  • High energy and enthusiastic
  • Outgoing with excellent verbal and written skills
  • Well organized and detail oriented
  • Use social media
  • Able to work independently
If you are interested in the position please contact Nancy Thompson, Executive Director of Squash BC, outlining your interest in this position and your qualifications.
executive.director@squashbc.com  by January 15, 2020.
If you would like additional information please call the Squash BC Office at 604 737-3084.
SquashTV Discount for Squash BC Members
SQUASHTV is the Professional Squash Association’s broadcast arm and covers over 20+ PSA World Tour tournaments a season.
You can buy a pass to watch the world’s best live in action on a wide range of devices whenever and wherever you want.

Included in a SQUASHTV subscription:
●      Live coverage of over 20 tournaments a season
●      Extensive on-demand replays
●      A huge archive that dates back to the 1980s
●      A growing selection of coaching videos
●      Daily highlights of all live tournaments
●      Features and interviews with PSA stars
Prices range from $13.99 USD per month to $119.99 USD per year for an annual subscription, allowing fans to stream as much squash as they want.

You can see what tournaments are coming up on the PSA World Tour website .
Squash BC and Squash Canada have partnered with SQUASHTV to bring members EXCLUSIVE discount codes to view top squash players as they compete on the PSA World Tour, all at a discounted price. 

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, you can get a half price annual pass! This means you’ll pay just $60 USD a year! These discount codes must be redeemed by the end of the 2019/20 season
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