Junior Pathway Tourney/Clinic - Vancouver Racquets Club
 
Head Pro Steve Lawton of the Vancouver Racquets Club  will be holding a Junior
Development Pathway Event on June 2nd. 
This event is perfect for juniors who have attended a Fundamentals program for more than a year and has started to compete in ladders or box matches.

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.  Sign up now! Click here!
 

Summer is around the corner!  Camp out on the squash court!

Have you booked your child in summer camp? Looking for ways to keep your kid active over the summer months? 

This summer many of our member squash clubs and facilities are bringing fun and engaging camps to your area.

Camps range from beginner to intermediate to advanced. There are even specialized camps, such as multi-sport camps allowing kids to cross-train by playing other racquet sports and other sessions specific to improving your child's agility and coordination, which are beneficial in any sport.

These camps are sure to put a smile on your child's face, have them engage with new friends, and learn a new skill.

To check out summer camp offerings, click here!

2020 Fund support exceeds $15K this past season!

The 2020 Fund recently reached two new thresholds:
  1. Over $15,000 was given to support junior squash development in BC during the 2017/18 season!
  2. Thanks to over 15K in donations so far this year, the fund's market value now exceeds $400,000 (as of March 31, 2018)!
The 2020 Fund committee is currently working on a new fundraising idea where clubs host a squash exhibition. With just 20 spectators (can be more, of course!) each making a minimum $25 contribution, at least $500 will be raised for the Fund.

Ideally the exhibition will involve a junior who has benefitted from the 2020 Fund in some way playing against a local player or an old guy (e.g. Andrew Lynn?). Someone from the 2020 Fund would be present to talk a little about the Fund and to answer any questions. Already clubs in Chilliwack, Squamish, White Rock and Vancouver have expressed interest in hosting such an event.

If you would like to see a 2020 Fund exhibition at your club or have more questions, send an email to 2020 Fund Committee Chair, Andrew Lynn, at: alynn@bcac1055.com.



Salt Spring Squash is building its programs, starting with Coaching Foundations

The Salt Spring Squash Club recently held a Coaching Foundations Course at its facilities on May 4th to 6th. Salt Spring Squash Club President, Markus Wenzel, reached out to Cedar Hill Head Pro, Ben Uliana, to conduct the course.

Ben took seven smiling Salt Spring Island Squashers through the Introduction to Squash coaching course which includes sections on becoming a Squash Assistant / Instructor, Coaching Skills, Stroke Fundamentals, Basic Strokes, Tactics and Group & Individual Lessons.

Coaching is a critical component to establishing a vibrant, sustainable squash program and we are thrilled to see this small, active squash community gather engagement in this way.

Congratulations, Salt Spring Squash!



Player Achievements!

Ryan Picken has been named to the Canadian Junior Boys World Team
 
This past week Ryan played off for two of four coveted spots on the team. Ryan will be joined by James Flynn (ON), George Crowne (ON), Julien Gossett (ON) from July 18 - 29, 2018 in Chennai, India.
 
Ryan has also been chosen as a member of the Canadian Junior Pan- Am team who will be playing in Brazilia, Brazil from June 18-24, 2018
 
Congratulations, Ryan!
 

Carolyn Russell has been inducted into the Squash Manitoba Hall of Fame

Current BC Women's #1, Carolyn Russell, was named to Squash Manitoba's Hall of Fame!

a Carolyn started playing squash in her hometown of Winnipeg at the age of 10. Encouraged by her parents, Tony and Susan Russell, and coached by Jan Prieditis, Carolyn quickly became a top junior in both the Manitoba and the country.

After graduating from junior squash, Carolyn's international squash career skyrocketed. She was first a member of Team Canada at the 1996 Women's World Team Championships in Malaysia which started an impressive run of representing Canada 5 times at the Women's World Team Championships, with 4 top 10 finishes.

Carolyn was a member of the Canadian National Squash Team from 1996-2011 which included three Pan Am Games podium finishes (1999 (gold), 2003 (silver) and 2007 (gold)). Carolyn joined the Women's International Squash Player Association pro tour in 2001. She played professionally all over the world for 11 years, achieving a career high world ranking of #40 in 2007.

Carolyn continues to be a fierce and talented competitor and an avid supporter of the game and our association since she moved to BC.

Congratulations, Carolyn on this wonderful achievement!

Spring Cleaning at Squash BC
It is Springtim e at Squash BC and we are cleaning up our offices to make space for some furniture. We have shelves and desks that we'd be happy to clear out along with other squash paraphernalia that might be of interest to avid squash players!

Please contact our office by email: office@squashbc.com or by phone: 604-737-3084 if you are looking for anything in particular.

Remaining small items (books, memorabilia, picture frames, squash racquets, etc) will be put out for 'Sale by Donation' on June 5 (from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm) at the Vancouver Racquets Club.

Monies received will go towards the 2020 Fund!


...also, we're looking for 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!

You are invited to attend Squash BC's Annual General Meeting.  Attend and have a voice!

With a vibrant new strategic plan and a new management team to drive it - plans to grow this sport have never been so promising.

Squash BC invites you to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Planning Session being held on Saturday May 26, 2018 (11 am to 5 pm) at the University of Victoria (Cadboro Commons Building in the Arbutus / Queenswood Room).

Squash BC meetings are never behind closed doors. We continue to explore how Squash BC can provide more value to our members in all regions of British Columbia.

We encourage the attendance and participation of all our stakeholders who want to grow and strengthen squash in British Columbia.

Squash BC tries to host the AGM in locations outside of the Lower Mainland every 3rd to 4th year. This year we are holding the meeting in Victoria and look forward to seeing many fresh faces.

Our Planning Session includes updates, presentations and discussion on:
  • Our new management team and change leadership model
  • Best practices in our BC regions (by zone)
  • Proposed unified ranking and membership system
  • Infrastructure programs (officiating and coaching)
  • Revenue generation
  • Marketing and communications
  • Other Squash BC programs and services
The AGM will be held at 12:00 pm and lunch will be provided for all in attendance. There is no charge to attend this meeting, but we ask you to register so we can assess the numbers and order enough lunch.



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