Last chance to catch international players at Chilliwack exhibition fundraiser (June 15-16)! 
 

Four amazing squash players will be showing their skills at an exhibition fundraiser at the Cheam Centre in Chilliwack (June 15-16).

Matches feature Irishman Scott Gillanders (Irish Junior BU19 #7 per Feb 2018 Irish rankings), Mexican Emilio Carillo (Current BC BU19 #6 and Men's #29 per June 2018 Squash BC rankings), American Zane McGee-Lowdermilk (former US Junior BU17 #1 in 2012) and Squash Pro Shawn Zwierzchowski (BC Men's #24 per June 2018 Squash BC rankings).
This will be great play and fun watch!
  • First round: Friday, June 15th at 6:30 pm
  • Second Match: Saturday, June 16th at noon
  • Third Match: Saturday, June 16th at 4:30 pm
Funds raised go towards the Squash BC's 2020 Fund which is used to promote the growth of our great game through the development of junior squash.
Tickets (Adults $50 for all 3 rounds / $20 for 1 round, Juniors $20 for all 3 rounds / $10 for 1 round) can be purchased by emailing chilliwacksquashpro@gmail.com
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For more informatio n about the 2020 Fund, click here .
V eritable Value at VLTBC's Summer Fun Singles & Doubles Tournament (June 22-23)

New Head Pro Viktor Berg at the  Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (VLTBC) is holding a fantastic summer tournament that has something for everyone.
 
Depending on entries, Viktor is prepared to run doubles, singles and junior events. Prize money of $1000 is offered in the Pro Open Draws. Meanwhile, there will be a Lighting Round tourney to be played on Saturday, where one-point matches will determine the winner of $500.
 
All this is offered at the reasonable price of $25 for one event and $35 for two! Don't miss out! Sign up now by clicking here .

An active afternoon at VRC's Junior Pathway Tourney/Clinic (June 2)

Head Pro Steve Lawton had a full complement of kids (12 boys and 4 girls) playing at the Vancouver Racquets Club in this Junior Pathway event.
It was a busy afternoon with kids starting in timed games (3-4 matches) to determine their level for round robin (3-match) play, which started after a brief break.
This 4-hour program is designed to give juniors an opportunity to play with others outside their home club and progress them to the next level of athlete development.
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For more information about Squash BC's Junior Pathway Program , click here .

Canadian Squash Pro tours Northern Communities
 
Michael Thompson, a former member of Canada's National Team, visited four northern communities to connect with, inspire and mentor emerging squash players in the north.
Squashers in Terrace, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Prince George were exposed to the best that Canadian Squash has to offer. Thompson conducted sessions that included juniors coaching, intermediate and advanced group sessions, exhibition games and matches with top players in the various centers. The Tour was well received as noted in the Northern View news.
The twenty-two (22) year old pro is originally from Vancouver and has an impressive sports history in the Canadian game, including a competitive berth at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Windhoek, Namibia. He is currently attending Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where he is pursuing a graduate degree in accounting.
Commenting on this northern tour Thompson stated, "I wanted to give back to the province that nurtured my skills in the sport I love , in a region that typifies the beauty of British Columbia"
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Thompson teamed up with Terrace resident Steven Hawyes, Community Relations Coordinator of Squash BC and Squash Club owner in Terrace to provide this programming.

Women in Squash
While women's squash is certainly growing in the province, it's safe to say it is still a relatively small group of active players who regularly participate and compete in our local tournaments. With this in mind, the squash community is constantly looking for new ways to encourage women to get out on the court and fall in love with the sport. 
 

Squash BC member Anna Kirbyson brought this interesting article (link below) to our attention about how women's squash is growing in Poland.  The article presents some great ideas and approaches to encouraging women to play, such as an individual approach to tournament and event invitation and increased social media presence to show other girls and women how much fun our sport can be! 

Thanks Anna for sending in this great piece! 

Squash BC Board gets ready for a busy 2018/19 season
Squash BC's Board of Directors met the day after the 2018 AGM to get oriented to each other, Squash BC's organizational structure and the various portfolios and programs under the Board's governance. 
 
The summer is busy as Directors gets familiar with their respective portfolios and start engaging with committees.
 
A word from our New Board Member, Rory Johnston
 
After spending most of my life playing squash, I'm excited to get more involved with the community through the Squash BC organization. I'll be bringing my marketing & communications background to the Board and helping with their e-newsletter, social media, and other communications. 
 
Along with that I'll be involved with growing the 2020 Fund for junior development and pushing for better squash representation in post-secondary institutions. As a UBC graduate, it especially pains me that their only court is an ancient North American squash court that isn't even open to students!
 
Information about our Board Members and Squash BC's organizational structure can be found under the 'About Us' section of our website.
 
SportyHQ revamps its user interface
 
Squash BC members have noticed a slick new interface that SportHQ launched back on May 15. 

 
After many years of investment in the administrative side of SportyHQ, Henry Weber noted that this update was to focus on ease of use and service to sports participants, stating:
 
"...at our core, we want SportyHQ to be a service that sports participants love to use (i.e. the people playing the game and showing up at events).  We want to make it easy to find events, memberships, work out where your next match is, see what's happening around you, find new opportunities to play your sport and offer a level of analysis about your game that isn't available on any other platform."
 
To stay abreast of changes Henry has in store for SportyHQ, check out his blog by clicking here.

Squash BC is Seeking Storage Space

Squash BC needs a dry, storage space for a portable squash court that has been donated to our Society.
 
The court material is a light weight, high density Styrofoam and coroplast plastic so it is easy to move. The court includes eleven 8 ft x4 ft panels which are about 2.25 ft wide.   Total space needed is 80 sf (8ft x 4ftx 2.5ft), plus a little wiggle room.
 
Please contact our office by email: office@squashbc.com if you can help us with this!



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