Doug Hawkes Fundraiser at Cedar Hill in Victoria
Tournament Host Ben Uliana of Cedar Hill Squash Club would like to thank everyone that participated in the 4th annual Doug Hawkes Summer No Frills Tournament. 
All profit from the event goes directly to their Junior Fund to help support Junior travel to tournaments.  This event was coordinated and run by the juniors that receive funding from the club.  We see them playing all the time now it is their turn to give back!!!
Spectators and participants were lucky to be treated to a fantastic final between Gavin Maxwell and Vicky Lust.  The match started out light hearted although by the middle of the third game sweat was flying around the court and passion to play had taken over.  Gavin loves the aerial acrobatics and kept jumping in the air to pay the cross court forehand volley knick.  A crowd pleaser every time.  In the end we were treated to a 4-game win by Gavin Maxwell.  
Special thank you to the Cedar Hill Squash Club Board of Directors that Barbecued for the tournament participants on Saturday afternoon.  Food for the BBQ was donated by Fairway Market.

Summer Fun Squash Tournament at VLTBC
The inaugural  VLTBC Summer Fun Squash Tournament was well attended with 105 entries spread across doubles, adult singles and junior draws. 

The 2-day tournament with best out of 3 game matches and no ranking points proved popular and had former and current Canadian Senior and Junior Champions participating.
There was something for everyone.
- Lemon "drop-shots" delivered via a unique piece of squash art-work jimmied by Karen Levine!
- A one-point Lightning Round held on Saturday with Richard Au winning $500!
- Doubles Pro Am Draw featuring Viktor Berg, Thomas Brinkman and Justin Todd
- Men's Open Draw where Matthew Toth 2-1 defeated Sarfaraz Amhed in the final. Matt Reece placed third.
- Women's Open results 1 st Andrea Toth, 2 nd Rachel Au and 3 rd Carolyn Russell
Thanks to everyone who played and to our Tournament Sponsors: Windsor Plywood, Café Ami, Advinetures and Hugh Woolley.
Junior Developing Tournament held in Richmond  

Fifteen energetic juniors played in a junior developing tournament hosted by the Shakiru Matti Squash Academy in Richmond on June 24.
In this Junior Pathway Event it is all about fun as participants play 
short games to gauge abilities and determine competitive groupings. Players learned to referee matches and were supported by volunteer refs.
For more information about Squash BC's Junior Pathway Program , click here .

Stuart Dixon receives the Squash Canada Certificate of Achievement!
Stuart Dixon has been awarded the Squash Canada Certificate of Achievement.
Stuart is so deserving of this award which is presented to a person who has made a significant impact at the Provincial or Territorial level.
Stuart is one of Canada's most experienced and respected coaches. He is a NCCP Level 4 Certified coach and has conducted over 82 NCCP courses across Canada.  Stuart was involved in coaching National Canadian Squash teams at every level. His involvement in coaching squash has him not only teaching at the Victoria Squash Club and at his Dixon's Squash Academy, but also working as a World Federation Consultant Coach.
He has been instrumental in the development of many of our top athletes from Western Canada. Stuart took Jonathan Powers to the world championships as a national team coach where they placed in the top four. (Best results for a men's team). 
Stuart has been a club owner of the Victoria Squash Club since 1994.  He was a host of Junior Nationals in 2000. He has been a strong mentor to many ongoing and upcoming coaches.  Stuart sponsored Mike Johnson from England to join his club in 2001.  He has been a mentor to many current Vancouver Island coaches including Ben Uliana of the Cedar Hill Squash Club who he helped become a level four coach and Chris Hanebury of Saint Michael's University (SMU). Stuart continues to work with Chris in the development of children at SMU - a squash program that Stuart fostered and led for many years.
Congratulations, Stuart, on this wonderful achievement.

Foundations Coaching in Revelstoke
On June 8th to 10th, the Revelstoke Squash Club hosted a level 1 Squash Coaching Course. 

The session was facilitated by Brooke Siver. five participants (4 from Revelstoke and one from Nakusp) took part, learning a great deal about how to introduce and teach the game of squash to new players and juniors.
One of the biggest challenges for small, rural based clubs like Revelstoke and Nakusp is having people to work with new members. The Revelstoke Club is completely volunteer run, including all the new member and junior coaching. With this course, both Revelstoke and Nakusp have new capacity to work with new players and expand their junior squash offerings.
The Revelstoke Squash Club would like to thank Brooke for coming to deliver the course, and to Squash BC for all the support in making this happen.

Building Squash Resilience
Everyone knows what it feels like to feel "bent over double" like these guys did after a 2-minute rally. 
Bent over double

How do you build up your resilience to make through these types of grueling points?  Check out physiotherapist Dave Carter's tips on becoming a more resilient amateur athlete.
Dave Carter is a physiotherapist whose passion has always been movement (probably more aptly described as play).  I love exploring new hikes, playing new sports, training for squash, and learning about this wonderful thing we call the human body
.  Dave's office is located at the Vancouver Racquets Club.
Sunny Summer Squash
Now that it is officially summer, many squashers tend to seek the outdoors to enjoy the sun while it lasts.  But if you read the article above, it is best to keep one foot on the court to maintain squash resilience. 
Upcoming summer tournaments offer an opportunity to keep your squash skills somewhat sharp, while playing in a relaxed, laid-back summer vibe.
SquashFEST 2018
in sunny Summerland (July 20-22) is an annual non-ranking squash tournament run by the good folks at Squash Republic and sanctioned by Squash BC.
Players can enjoy squash on the shores of Lake Okanagan where the Lakeshore Squash Club is located. SquashFEST is the perfect squash tournament for families as children and dogs are always welcome. 

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. 

Don't miss out.  Sign up by clicking here!

2018 Sun n' Surf
at the Jericho Tennis Club (August 15-19)
is back for another action-packed weekend 'Squash the Living Dead' will include lots of fun social events, Jericho's legendary Saturday night theme dinner and dance party including prizes for the best costume.  And this year the tournament is excited to announce the inclusion of a $5k PSA World Tour Event alongside the amateur tournament.
This non-ranking event provides a great opportunity to get on court, play some squash and have some fun while enjoying the best of summer at Jericho's prime beach front location (literally steps from the squash courts!)  Players can enjoy squash and après squash on one of our patios or the pool deck overlooking the ocean and north shore mountains.  
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