Fraser Valley squashers learn the FUNdamentals at Junior Pathways
Fifteen new squashers in the Fraser Valley got an introduction to the fun and fundamentals of squash through a FUNdamentals Junior Pathway program run by Coach, Shawn Zwierzchowski.

Ranging in age from 7 to 14, these keen participants attended a number of sessions that ran from Sep 25 to Mar 12 at the Cheam Leisure Centre in Chilliwack and the Mission Leisure Centre. In total there were 31 sessions held over a 19-week period that allowed kids to have fun and get familiar with the game of squash.

The FUNdamentals Junior Pathway is a grass-roots program -- drawing in young players to the wonderful game of squash. This program is supported by the 2020 Fund, a Squash BC endowment fund that provides stable, sustainable funding for juniors and foundational development programs at local squash facilities throughout BC.

The sessions were so popular that Shawn is planning to hold another program starting in April at both facilities. If you would like more information about the upcoming Junior Pathway in the Fraser Valley, please contact Shawn at: .

For more information about Squash BC's Junior Pathway Program, click here .
For more information about the 2020 Fund, click here .

Coaches being Coached on Coaching

A Foundations in Coaching Course was run by Andrew Lynn, Assistant Manager and Head Pro at the Bentall Centre Athletics Club (Mar 16-18). The course was full, with eight registrants taking the 'Introduction to Squash Context and Instruction Beginner Stream'.

The course went really well with coach-trainees from the communities of Squamish, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Surrey, Maple Ridge and Chilliwack.

With racquets and manuals in hand, these 'wanna-be-coaches' represent the best of volunteering in our sport --investing in developing their coaching skills to give back to their squash communities. Coaching certification offers consistency in the level of coaching throughout the province and country.

To learn more about Coaching, visit Squash BC's website by clicking here .

Serious Hardware to be won at 2018 BC Closed Championships
In addition to the fabulous bragging rights you earn when you win the BC Closed, you also receive shiny, amazing hardware that will decorate your home for the next year!

The 2018 BC Closed Squash Championships will be contested from Apr 4 to 8 at the beautiful Jericho Tennis Club.  The event attracts the best squash players in BC to play in a number of divisions offered, including Men's and Women's Open, A, B, C, D and 40+, 50+, 60+. 

In addition to the impressive hardware available to tournament winners, $3000 in prize money is able to be won.  As well, winners of the Open divisions are offered up to $500 in travel support from Squash BC to attend the 2018 Canadian Nationals which are being held in Calgary May 1-5.

Don't miss out!  Enter now by clicking here .

With such strong play expected at the BC Closed, the Tournament Referee needs to add more referees to the officiating roster.

Please remember, the costs for certified officials who can ref from Friday to Sunday are covered by Squash BC.  If you can officiate at the BC Closed or can ref part-time at the event, please email Squash BC at .

[Previous BC Provincial Champions:  Winston Cabell (1992/93/94/98/99/2000/08/11) with the Jukes Goolden Challenge Cup and Carolyn Russell (2007/09/11/12/13/14/15) with the Jane Cartmel Trophy]

Canadians Show How it's Done at the 2018 US Squash Championships

Squash BC members travelled to Philadelphia (Mar 9-11) and took down some serious competition to walkaway with three golds and a bronze at the 2018 US Squash Championships!

Gerry Poulton ( Victoria Squash Club ) played Jay Nelson, who is said to have won more US titles than any other American squash player. Gerry came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Jay and win the 75+ division.

Steve Jacobs (Jericho Tennis Club and Squamish Squash ) won the 65+ category, beating Don Sheer 3 straight in the final. Sheer has been the 65+ winner for the last 3 years.

Tom Bedore ( Sandcastle Fitness ) won the 60+ category beating American Mike Riley 15-13 in the fourth.

Rashid Aziz ( Jericho Tennis Club ) won bronze in the 60+ beating Visvajit De Alwis, the Sri Lankan champion, 3 straight.

Congratulations, gentlemen on your success!

[from left to right: Rashid, Tom, Steve and Gerry]

2018 BC Doubles Championships

The 2018 BC Doubles Championships tournament was co-hosted by Evergreen and Hollyburn Country Club Mar 9-11. Doubles players gathered for some spirited competition and a lot of very serious fun. A big thank-you to Tournament Chairs: Cathy Covernton, Frances Frost, and Thomas Brinkman. An even bigger thank-you to Sponsors: Howe Sound Brewing, Hollyburn Country Club, Evergreen Squash Club, DJJ's Wedge Pizza, and Promosapien.

And the biggest thank-you goes to all volunteers, especially Diane Grady and Glen McNeil, who stepped up for reffing duties on multiple days when they were not even in the tournament!

Men's Open: Morgan Latremouille/Grant Bergman

Women's Open: Rachel Au/Alicia Haneine
Men's Div 1: Mark Levey/Johngo Kim
Women's Div 1: Jen McKinley/Julienne Joe
50+ Rob Fought/Robert Ockeloen
Mixed Open: Andrew Smart/Alicia Haneine
60+ Brian Covernton/Malcolm Moore
Mixed Div 1: Snehal/Annika Lakhani

Nominations Now Open for Squash BC Board of Directors and Zone Representatives

Squash BC has started the 2018/19 nominations process for its Board of Directors and Zone Representatives.
  • Board of Directors -- If you like to think creatively, engage in policy decisions, have a commitment to give back to the squash community and have a passion for squash, a role on Squash BC's Board of Directors might be a fit for you. We encourage you to read the Expression of Interest and consider a Board role yourself.  Deadline to apply is April 18, 2018.  Please click here for the nominations form.
  • Zone Representatives - Zone Representatives act as a liaison and represent the interests of the individuals in their zone keeping a broad view of the overall structure, operation and objectives of Squash BC and its membership with the intent of promoting and growing the squash in BC and communicating with members more effectively. Zone representatives are appointed annually by the Board. We encourage you to read the Zone Representative information document and consider a Zone Representative role for yourself. Deadline to apply is April 18, 2018. Click here for the Zone Representative nominations form.
This is your Board and your organization!

Please spread the word to your squash community about these important volunteer roles or consider giving back to the great game of squash by volunteering yourself!

Save the date!  Squash BC Annual General Meeting on May 26, 2018 in Victoria

Squash BC will be holding its Annual General Meeting on May 26 in Victoria.  

Please save the date!  Our new leadership staff team is looking forward to meeting and speaking with members and discussing the direction that Squash BC is taking in growing our sport. 


2018 BC University Championships

The University of Victoria Squash Club with the support of Vikes recreation and Squash B.C. hosted the annual B.C. University Championships on Mar 9 -11.

The tournament turned out lots of hard-fought matches. As a result, lots of sweaty students ended up having a wicked time on court. Off court, the weekend was filled with many gag prizes and lots of socializing on Friday and Saturday night!

The Men's A/B Champion was Megan Picken and Daniel Stewart was the runner up. Alexis Duval was the Men's C Champion with Jordan Sipos coming in second place. In the Women's division Natasha Milosevich was the Champion and Jacqui Sparks was runner up.

On Sunday afternoon Tristan Eysele and Ian Sefton played very entertaining exhibition match.

Prizing for first and second place were generously donated by Float House Victoria .

Nelson Spring Classic

The Nelson Spring Classic was a huge success this year with 64 entries from BC's interior. 

Held at the Nelson Squash Club from Mar 9 to 11, the event is an example of the vibrant squash community created through the Nelson Squash and Social Lounge which hosted exhibition matches with Viktor Berg, Matt Reece, Justin Todd and Sarfaraz Ahmed! 

Many thanks goes out to sponsors, members and fellow squash players who joined organizers for the weekend!

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