Squash BC Annual General Meeting on June 1

Join us on Saturday June 1 for the 2019 Squash BC AGM & Planning session.
It'l l be an action packed, informative meeting.  

Lunch is being provided, so please RSVP by May 25 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!
May is LEAVE A LEGACY™ Month in Canada
Squash BC has three individual donation channels for a person to contribute to Squash BC. One of these donation programs is the 2020 Fund, a
dedicated endowment fund established to provide financial support for the junior development program such as the Junior Pathway.
Today the Squash BC Junior Pathway program has produced a team of junior athletes that has broadened the base of junior players at the beginner and intermediate levels with high performance success comparable to the better-financed Squash Ontario.
*There are a number of donation options for the 2020 Fund (click here for details).
To learn more about the 2020 Fund and or how to support the Squash BC Junior player development program visit our website here.
Junior Pathway Recaps
Squash BC has partnered with our member club coaches and pros to develop, implement and support 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.
FUN at the Vancouver Lawn Junior Pathway
report from Viktor Berg, Head Pro
At the Vancouver Lawn & Tennis Club on May 11, we hosted a Junior Pathway Event. 13 squash superstars turned out in ages 7-13, a good mix of levels and play and great sports all around. 

There were 3 different draws depending on your level and players refereed themselves which was great because some have never ref before. Snacks and drinks were provided along with prizes and water bottles from the 20/20 program. 

Thank you to everyone that came and supported the event. And congrats to the winners! Jack S. in the Red Draw, Madeline M. In the Blue draw and Callum D. in the Green Draw.    Keep up the good work!
Grassroots at Global Fitness
report from Tom van Unen, Coach
On Monday, May 13th we had our last Spring Grassroots session with the juniors at Global Fitness and Racquet Centre in Kelowna. 

Again, a great group of juniors 2 girls and 4 boys that had a wonderful time and made their next step towards being a squash player for life.
The last session was a small Calcutta tournament where Lukas took it all at the end despite losing one game to our new junior, Max Adamson.
Thanks Carter Hazard for helping out and thanks parents for dropping off and picking up the juniors.
Our next Grassroots session will be starting in September of this year. 
Have a great summer and see you soon!
June Junior Pathway Events
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 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. 
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.

Canada Summer Jobs Program Opportunity
Squash BC is seeking an Assistant Program Coordinator to support the development of two new squash pilot programs to introduce and engage new participants in the game of squash. One program will specifically focus on post-secondary institutes and students. The other program will focus on inclusion of an under represented group in our sport. 
The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director and the Coordinator, Member Services and Operations to develop these pilot programs.
Eligible Applicants: Canada Summer Jobs Program
  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with BC legislation and regulations.
Please submit your cover letter and resume no later than June 6, 2019 to executive.director@squashbc.com
Jack Larsen Trophy awarded to Ruth Castellino

Early this month Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club member,
Ruth Castellino, was awarded the Jack Larsen trophy by Squash BC.

The Jack Larsen trophy is the highest honour an individual can receive from the amateur sport association and is awarded annually to a Squash BC member in recognition of their significant overall contributions to the development of squash in the province.
"Ruth is the perfect choice for the Jack Larsen trophy. She has been instrumental in setting up the framework for the BC Women's Doubles League, a league that has grown steadily over the years. She encourages people to play the game, not only locally, but nationally as well" said Nancy Thompson, Executive Director of Squash BC.
An active doubles player, Ruth stopped playing ladies singles in 1989, the same year she achieved her all-time goal of being ranked in the top 10 in Canada.
Ruth says her goal going forward: "is to further develop greater squash opportunities for women".
When Ruth isn't on the courts, she works as a Teaching Assistant for CISVA in Vancouver, a role that supports students in grades K-7 with special needs.
The 2019 Squash BC Award Recipients were announced at the National Bank Financial BC Singles Squash Championships that were held at the Hollyburn Country Club (May 8-12).
  • The Ernie Rogers Bowl was awarded to Steve Jacobs (Jericho Tennis Club and Squamish Squash Club) for the best record in national and international competition
  • The President's Plate was awarded to Gerry Takeuchi (Vancouver Racquets Club) for being 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 was awarded to Ruth Castellino (Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club) in recognition of significant overall contributions to the development of Squash in BC.

Exceptional Results for Whistler Squash
Whistler Haakon Squash Classic 2019 (May 17-20)
The Whistler Squash Club hosted its annual squash tournament this past long weekend. Ben Thomas, Whistler Squash Club President, believes that "this was one of Whistler's most successful tournaments to date". The event had 45 entries, with the majority of players from Vancouver, Squamish, and Seattle. The feature event was a pro draw with 2x National Squash Champion Shawn Delierre from Montreal playing off against a touring pro from South Africa.

Shawn Delierre, a Canadian Pan Am team gold medalist, showed the crowd why he is Canada's highest ranked squash pro, playing shots that most people had never seen before. "It was a thoroughly entertaining match that consistently kept the fans engaged" according to Rob Eberhard, club administrator. Shawn's opponent, Tristan Elsele from South Africa was able to put up a good fight, but finally succumbed to the onslaught of creativity from the Canadian.

Other impressive match play included the Women's A draw which saw local grade 8 student Sage Eberhard play UK-trained Holly Cox with Cox pulling out the win. The Men's A final saw local rivals Ben Thomas and Rob Eberhard battle in a close 5-game match with Thomas managing the victory. The Men's 'B' Winner was Ronnie Teja and runner up Kean Graham. The Men's C final was an all Pemberton affair with Ben Day defeating Matt McNamara.

To see the full press release, click 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  !
PanAm Junior Squash Championships in Canada!
For the first time in history, Canada is hosting the prestigious Pan American Junior Squash Championships. Canada's top juniors will battle it out on home soil against a field of 11 other Pan American countries from June 16-22, 2019 at the Mayfair Lakeshore Racquet Club in Toronto, Ontario.

The Championships feature many of the top junior squash players under 19 years of age from North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. There are 78 athletes (35 girls and 43 boys), representing 12 countries: Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and the United States.

For many that attend the event, the Pan American Junior Squash Championships is the pinnacle of their junior squash career.

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