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Whistler Haakon Squash Classic 2019 (May 17-20)
 
Deadline to enter is in less than 30 hours. No more putting it off.  Sign up now !  

This is going to be a great event. The Whistler Squash Club is partnering with Whistler's Great Outdoors Festival to bring you an amazing event. Players will be separated into events based on their skill level. Play then stick around to watch some of the best players in the world put on an exhibition. 2x Canadian Champion will take on South Africa's Best plus BC's Best. What is included?
  • Recreational Squash Tournament, 
  • Watch a 4-Man Exhibition event with 2 x National Champion Shawn Delierre
  • Complimentary beer and food for players all weekend at the courts (for Adults Only), 
  • VIP access to a few night clubs (for Adults Only),
  • Saturday Morning at 10 am Road Cycling ride starting from mountain square, or
  • A run around Lost Lake starting at 9 am, or
  • Yoga, on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am - 10 am,
  • Axe throwing in Olympic Plaza on Saturday and Sunday,
  • There will be free concerts in the village,
  • Learn how to DJ between Noon to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday,
Due to limited courts, we may close down some draws earlier than the final deadline of May 11th. https://www.sportyhq.com/tournament/view/Whistler-Haakon-Squash-Classic
 
FUNdamentals/Developing
Junior Pathway May 11 (10 am to 1pm)
Vancouver Lawn is running this event.  LVT's last pathway event included r ound robin play, and introduction to competitive play and refereeing with 3 draws and dodge-ball.   Sign up now
 
Squash BC Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2019

Join us on Saturday June 1
 for the 2019 Squash BC AGM & Planning session.

Location:  the Arbutus Club in Vancouver
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm. 

It'll be an action packed, informative meeting.  

Lunch is being provided, so please RSVP by May 22 by either registering via SportyHQ (link is here) or emailing office@squashbc.com so we can order the appropriate amount of food. 

Everyone is welcome!
 
Canadian U23 Squash Championship - extended entry deadline May 16 at Noon EST
 
Don't miss your chance to participate in this great event - this event is the perfect transition for those players straight out of juniors, top ranked players and those currently battling through University.  The entry fee has been lowered to be more reasonable for all players. This is the first year we've also introduced a B draw for those players looking for competitive matches who may not have played at a national level as a junior! 
 
Host Club - Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club
Date - May 31st - June 2nd
Entry Fee - $50 + HST
Categories : Men's and Women's U23 OPEN, Men's and Women's U23 B
Total Prize Money Open Draw - $2,500 
To register, please Click Here
 
If any players require billeting please don't hesitate to reach out to Robin Clarke - rclarke@torontocricketclub.com
 
June Junior Pathway Events
 
Squash BC partners with its member club coaches and pros to run 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.

June 8, Cedar Hill Progressive Event

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 $15 event will be running Saturday, June 8  th at the Cedar Hill squash courts from noon to 3 pm. 

Along with getting tournament experience we will be giving pizza, gatorade, and a prize to all participants.

 
June 16, River Club Developing Event
The River Club is scheduling a Junior Pathway Developing Event for Sunday, June 16 . Sign up through SportyHQ here. More details to follow!
 
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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.
 

Summer Camps
 
More member clubs and schools are posting their summer squash programs.
 
The Arbutus Club is offering six weeks of action-packed youth camps throughout July and the beginning of August, accommodating youth ages 7-15, with something for all interests and levels. For their program offerings click here.
 
Shawnigan Lake School invites juniors to join World Champion Coach, Mike Johnson, and his team of international players and coaches, for a spectacular summer squash camp on the stunning 300 acre campus at Shawnigan Lake School, located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia  July 7-12, 2019. 

For more details check out the  Squash BC website . Sign up here .
 
Summer Fun!
 
Doug Hawkes

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.
 
Vancouver Lawn Tennis - Open House June 15 (1pm to 4pm)

There will be squash exhibition matches, round robin play, club tours, food and beverages. everyone is welcome to attend!
 
Hope to see everyone there!
 
Summer Fun Singles & Doubles Squash Tournament June 20-22 at Van Lawn
 
The 2019 Summer Fun Singles & Doubles Squash Tournament entries are now live!
 
Categories: Men's & Women's Singles, Doubles, Mix & Juniors under 19
 
Entry deadline June 16
 
It will be another great tournament where all matches are best out of 3 games with no ranking points. 
 
$500 Lighting Round, pro matches, Steamworks beer keg, tournament souvenir, guaranteed two matches and prizes all for $29 per entry ($15 for 2nd entry). 
 
 





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 après squash on one of our patios on the pool deck overlooking the ocean and north shore mountains.
 


Coaches' Corner
 
Squash BC, in conjunction with Squash Canada, offers a variety learning to coaching programs via the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) throughout the province.  At most facilities there are opportunities for players to get certified coaching at their appropriate level.  Coaching certification offers consistency in the level of coaching throughout the province and country.
 
Upcoming learning opportunities for Coaches include:
 
Coaching Foundations (Jul 12-14) at Terminal City Club
 
Consider helping out the Squash Community and become a Certified Squash Instructor!
 
Squash BC is offering this Coaching Foundations Course which is the first technical squash coaching course required to achieve certification. The course will be conducted by Head Pro Barry Gifford at the  Terminal City Club  in downtown Vancouver from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14.

This course in combination with the applicable Multi-Sport Modules and
Coaching Evaluation will result in you being a Certified Squash Instructor or Certified Squash Assistant. Which is equivalent to the former Level 1 certification.  (See certification pathway here)

The cost includes the materials for the course, and the cost of the evaluation at a later date.  There are only 8 spots available in this course so sign up by 
clicking here  !

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, NCCP Competition-Development multi-sport modules
CSI Pacific is offering a condensed week-long event featuring ten different courses - all guaranteed to run! The International Coaching School, and Sport Performance Coaching Certificate programs, are occurring May 25 -  31  in beautiful Victoria, BC. 
More information can be found on CSI website: here.
 
And, registration can be found:  here.

Court Classifieds

St Michaels University School (SMUS) is seeking a Head Squash Coach for their 2019-20 school year ( September 2019 - April 2020). Co-curricular athletics is an important part of SMUS's overall education programming. In their model, the squash season runs from September to April, with training occurring between the hours of 3:30-8:30 pm. The successful candidate can expect that the majority of this work will be done after school and on weekends.

For details on the job responsibilities check out Squash BC's website here
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Interested applicants are requested to supply a résumé with references, accompanied by a cover letter. Please respond on or prior to  Thursday, May 16, 2019 to Human Resources Administrator, Jennifer Kayal at  jennifer.kayal@smus.ca
 
Squash BC Award Recipients to be announced at the National Bank Financial BC Singles Squash Championships 
being held this weekend at the Hollyburn Country Club. 

[2018 Ernie Rogers Bowl Recipient Laura Ramsay (L) with Squash BC President, Natasha Doucas (R)]
Squash BC has three awards given annually:

T he Ernie Rogers Bowl
- The Rogers Trophy is awarded for the best record in national and international competition

The President's Plate - which is awarded for the best supporter of our game and our Association

The Jack Larsen Trophy - which is  the highest honour an individual can receive from Squash BC and is awarded in recognition of significant overall contributions to the development of Squash in BC.



Correction to April 18, 2019 Newsletter
In the article " BC Juniors bring home three national titles & multiple medals", Kamran Gwadry was quoted in thanking his dad.
 
In fact, the quote was from BU11 winner, Mohamed Elserafy from the Edmonton Squash Club. His full quote was: "It felt unreal to win and I didn't believe it.  I felt like it was too good to be true," said Boys U11 Champion Mohamed Elserafy.  "I want to thank my Dad Ibrahim who coaches me and for getting me to where I am." 
 
We apologize for the error.






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