Summer Sun and Sizzling Squash!

Last chance to enter! Doug Hawkes (Jun 21-22)

This is the 5th annual Cedar Hill Summer Tournament Event. We wanted to make it something special and different and thought it would be good to give the Juniors their opportunity to run an event. They are in charge and giving back to all the people that have helped them through the years. Draws of 8 people based on squash BC rankings. 1 match Friday and 2 matches on Saturday. Saturday afternoon there is a BBQ outside court 4 on the grass area put on by the club.

Doug Hawkes was a devoted player, tournament organizer and passionate advocate for Squash development in Victoria from 1960 through to the 1980's. During that time, Doug mentored a number of local Junior players and it was fitting after his death in 2005 at the age of 82, that a fund benefitting Junior Development at his home club be established in Doug's name. 

Net Proceeds of this event will be used to help perpetuate the Doug Hawkes fund for the benefit of aspiring young Squash players at Cedar Hill.

The cost to play is $30.00  --  
Sign up here.
 
Evergreen Summer Doubles Love (Jul 11-14)
Early Bird Entry by Jun 27th!
   
Lovin' Doubles? Get in on the Evergreen Summer Doubles Love tournament!
 
 
This year, in conjunction with fierce NON-RANKING doubles competition, we will also be hosting some fun events for players and their FRIENDS AND FAMILY: (read carefully this is a tournament with a twist!)
  • $250 LIGHTNING ROUND on both Saturday and Sunday ($5 entry for non-players so please bring cash!)
  • LAWN GAMES (eg. corn hole, flip cup, etc.) every other hour on Saturday and Sunday for PRIZES. 
    any participants of the Lightning Round or Lawn Games who are new to squash may sign up for 4 drop-in sessions (squash lessons and games) at Evergreen for FREE
There will be fun prizes for both squash and non-squash events, and a souvenir to all tournament participants. All non-doubles events are open to players and their friends/family. Special prize for the individual who participates in the most non-doubles events.

Included in your entry fee: tournament souvenir, 2 matches guaranteed, court-side snacks, Keg Friday night, BBQ Saturday afternoon, Saturday night potluck, fun freakin matches! 
 
Events are: Mens Open and Div 1,Womens Open and Div 1, Mixed Open and Div 1, B Division,40+, 50+, 60+ (will combine if insufficient entries). Limit 2 events.
 
Early Bird Entry: $50 if you register before June 27, 2019, 2nd event is $5 
Normal Entry: $60 for the 1st event, $10 more for the 2nd event

Thank you to Splash Hot Tubs & Pools for making this event possible.
 
SquashFEST 2019 (Jul 19-21)

SquashFEST is an annual non-ranking squash tournament run by the good folks at Squash Republic and sanctioned by Squash BC. 

The 9th edition will be held July 19-21 in Summerland, British Columbia on the shores of Lake Okanagan at the Lakeshore Squash Club.
 
There is access to Lake Okanagan directly in front of the club and a large family beach about 50 feet away. 

Most of the participants choose to camp on the property which makes it a truly unique and memorable event.
 
Join in on the fun! Sign up now!
 





2019 55+ BC Games

Registration will be closing at the end of June for the Kelowna 2019 55+ BC Games.

Don't miss out! Register now.
 
The 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport experience for participants over 55 years of age. The 2019 Games are being graciously hosted by the city of Kelowna from September 10th to 14th.   

The event attracts over 3,500 athletes over the 5-day event. With 32 sports being offered this year, the Kelowna Games are poised to be a truly incredible experience. We are all aware of the incredible hospitality of the people in the Okanagan and the wonderful dining and entertainment opportunities in Kelowna. In addition to good competition, participants are welcome to enjoy community and social events including a dance and, of course, the official opening and closing ceremony.
 
The Squash event at the Kelowna 2019 55+ BC Games will be taking place at the Global Fitness & Racquet Centre with the competition taking place on September 12th - 13th.  
 
Registration for the Games is coordinated by a local Zone Sport Coordinator. A list of Sport Coordinators can be found on the 55+ BC Games website on the Slo-Pitch information page -  https://www.55plusbcgames.org/sports/squash/

To find out which Zone you reside in go to the Zone information page https://www.55plusbcgames.org/zones/
 
We hope you will join us in Kelowna this September for a wonderful Squash event and an incredible Games experience. For more information please contact us at info@55plusbcgames.org or by phone at (778) 426-2940.

Jericho Sun and Surf (August 14-18)
 
Sun and Surf is back for another action-packed weekend of squash that includes lots of fun social events, our legendary Saturday night theme dinner and dance party including prizes for the best costume. 

This is a non-ranking event which provides a great opportunity to get on court, play some squash and have some fun this summer!
 
Experience the best of Vancouver in the summer with our prime beach front location literally steps from the squash courts! 

Jericho is truly one of the most picturesque beachfront clubs in the world! 

Enjoy your apr├Ęs squash on one of our patios on the pool deck overlooking the ocean and north shore mountains.
 


Reminder about sports accident insurance claims
A quick reminder to our Squash BC members - if you are injured when training for or playing in a Squash BC sanctioned event, you need to submit an Allsport Accident Claim Form within 30 days of the date of the injury to our Insurer, Markel Canada Limited, in order to have potential future costs covered by this insurance.
 
In many cases, you may think that an injury will subside over time or that your main medical coverage (through your employer for example) will handle the costs, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Costs for MRI's, dental work and such can add up and the supplemental sport accident insurance is there to help in such instances.
 
For more information about our insurance coverages provided through your Squash BC membership, check out our website here.
 
Congratulations!
 
Congratulations are in order for
Emilio Carrillo who made it onto Team Canada competing in the Pan American Junior Squash Championships (Toronto, ON, June 16-22). 
 
This year's team is exploding with tremendous talent.  Alongside Emilio on the Boys Team are Douglas Kosciukiewicz (NS), Neel Ismail (ON, Nikhil Ismail (ON).  Canadian Girls include Ontarians: Brianna Jefferson, Charlotte Orcutt, Erica Mcgillicuddy and Molly Chadwick.
 
BC talent will also be on display in the 2019 Music International Junior Showcase, a companion event where some of Canada's top U17ers will challenge the first-round losers from the Main Boys and Girls Individual draws.  Competing in this event are Jordan King and Aaron Lakhani.
 
Well done! Go Canada!
 
Gerry Takeuchi awarded Squash BC's President's Plate

Last month Gerry Takeuchi was awarded the Best Supporter of the Game by Squash BC.
 
"This was a big surprise, not only that I was nominated, but that I had won" said Takeuchi.
 
This is the first award Gerry has won from the Association and the honor is well deserved by this long-standing Squash BC member. Gerry has worked tirelessly as a squash supporter. For the past decade he has been organizing Friday night doubles events at his club at VRC a program with proven success. He has been playing squash for thirty years and, "I will play doubles until I drop" he said.
 
2020 Fund hits $100,000 Milestone

2020 Fund Quick Fact
 
Did you know the 2020 Fund will continue past the year 2020? The initial goal of the 2020 Fund was to reach $202,020 by the year 2020 (hence the name), at which point a portion of the income from the endowment could be used to support junior squash.  This financial target was reached in June 2010 and since that date the Fund has distributed over $100,000 to support junior squash development in BC!  
 
The 2020 Fund is an ongoing success due to continued generous donations by individuals and organizations and will definitely continue to support the growth of squash well beyond next year!
 
Thank you to all of you who have supported the 2020 Fund over the years!

Junior Pathway

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. 
 
With financial support from the 2020 Fund, the program is a cornerstone to engaging, growing and maintaining a strong base of junior athletes.
 
Progressive Events Promote Positive Play!

Ian Sefton from the Cedar Hill Squash Club reported:
 
"An eager group of juniors came out to Cedar Hill on June 8th to have some quality fun while playing in this summer's instalment of Squash BC's junior progressive event! The children were split into groups at first to play some king and queen of the court to gauge their ability. 
 
We then we settled down to an awesome pizza lunch courtesy of Hot House Pizza and everyone got a Gatorade too!   For the remainder of the afternoon we had a mini-tournament and showed the kids how to ref and encouraged great sportsmanship habits.'
 
Across the waterway, River Club held a progressive tournament on June 16.  Shakiru Matti reported:
 
"It was very fun and memorable event for the players and parents from different clubs.  A brief referee clinic was held to refresh participants understanding of calling lets, stroke situations and above all the importance of safety . Competitors played lots of matches and refereed.  
 
We had juice boxes, grapes, bananas and Pizzas."
 
Many thanks to the 2020 Fund, Ian Sefton, Cedar Hill, the Shakiru Matti Squash Academy and River Club for holding these events. 
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The 2020 Fund was established in 2000 by Squash BC to help protect the future of squash in British Columbia. As funding from government and other sources becomes less predictable, it is important to find alternative ways to ensure a sound financial future for the sport of squash. The income accumulated through the 2020 Fund is used to promote the growth of the game through the development of junior squash. By establishing a vibrant and well-financed junior program, Squash BC will take a major step toward a successful future for the sport in this province. To donate to the 2020 Fund, click here.

Women in Sport Encouragement

Squash BC is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the recipients of the 2019 Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund.
 
Squash BC has been awarded a grant of $1000 from CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity) to help the organization strengthen its goal of increasing women and girls into the sport of squash through the Women and Girl's Committee.
 
The Women and Girl's Committee has been instrumental in developing and delivering programs towards these goals such as the highly successful Women's Squash Week and the Emerging Leaders program.
 
The CAAWS grant helps to further drive these dedicated programs.
 
Squash BC is proud to be helping empower and engage girls & women in sport! Thank you @CAAWS for your support. #ChampionChange #WISEFund2019
 
Squash BC presents Women's Squash Week 2019, September 14-22, 2019 - Live at 25 clubs and facilities in BC.
 
Assistant Squash Professional - Evergreen
Evergreen Squash Club is looking for an Assistant Squash Professional to assist them with the squash programming at the club.  With 5 singles courts, 1 doubles court, a sports store, and gym, the Evergreen Squash Club's squash program is a very active one. The club offers clinics and drop-in evening for adults, a very popular interclub league, and a box league that allows members connect with fellow squash players. Our junior program boasts junior clinics 6 days a week from ages 6-18.
For a full description of the role and qualifications, please check the Squash BC website here.   Deadline to apply:  July 18, 2019.






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