Kelowna Kids enjoy building FUNdamental skills at Junior Pathway Program 

Head Pro, Tom van Unen, conducted a Global Junior Squash Program at Global Fitness in Kelowna that ran over a 6-week period (April 19 to May 24).

A great group of seven juniors ranging in age from 7 to 14, played in 90-minute sessions that combined drills with the development of squash knowledge. A short break half way through each session was provided to replenish and rehydrate. Then it was back on court to have fun and finish off rallies in a Squash3 format. Younger players were allowed 2 serves!

The Junior Pathway Development Program is a grassroot effort to introduce the game to our young players. 

Based on the Long-Term Athlete Development model, this program aims to attract younger squash players in an active way and keep them playing our great game for longer in an inclusive and fun environment.
For more information about our Junior Pathway programs, check the Squash BC website under 'Play Squash>Juniors>Junior Pathway.

Juniors take the Coaching Foundations course

Eight of BC's top Juniors partook in the training for the Coaching Foundations Course at the Terminal City Club (TCC) in Vancouver -- May 25-27, 2018.

TCC Squash Professional Barry Gifford facilitated the course which trained the participants on becoming Beginner Squash Coaches.

The host Club was a perfect venue as the participants went from the boardroom to courts, to an outside patio and back to the courts again.

All the kids experienced what it is like to coach beginner players -- they even trained with their wrong hand to have a better understanding of what a beginner experiences when they take up the sport. 

Next for the trainees is an online ethics exam and then a practical evaluation.

Best of luck to these new aspiring coaches.

Strong showing at the 2018 Canadian Squash Championships
A number of BC players competed in the 2018 Canadian Squash Championships held in Calgary (May 1-5, 2018). National titles were won by:
  • Laura Ramsay, Squash BC's 2018 Ernie Rogers Bowl Recipient, in the Women's 60/65+
  • Steve Jacobs (Squamish Squash and Jericho Tennis Clubs), in Men's 65+
  • Tom Bedore, former Squash BC Executive Director, in the Men`s 60+
  • Rachel Au, newly elected Squash BC Director at Large, Women's A
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed, Head Pro at the Nelson Squash Club, in Men's A
Other great showings included:
Congratulations to all who competed! Well done!

Squash BC's 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Squash BC held its 2018 AGM at the University of Victoria (UVic) on May 26th.  A solid showing of squash enthusiasts attended the session to hear about how the 2017-
18 went, trends in our sport and Squash   BC's plans for the future.  Voting members showed the power of their voice by raising squash racquets when electing the Board and voting on motions.

A word from our President, Natasha Doucas
I would like to thank the members, Zone Representatives, Board Members and Staff for attending this year's AGM hosted at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island this past Saturday, May 26th

It was a good turnout and as we reflect on the past year, Squash has had a busy season and has achieved many accomplishments.

This all would not be possible without the volunteers that support squash in the province including Zone Representatives, Committee Members and Chairs, Board Members and Community partners.

In March of this year, a significant change was made to the structure of the organization. A leadership model was adopted by the Board to bring sustainability and efficiency into the running of the organization, to enhance our core programs and services, and to focus on member growth and engagement.

Nancy Thompson was hired as the new Executive Director to bring this model to life in an expedited fashion.  Her experience on the Board over the past four years and her career skill set will be instrumental in this transition. We look forward to the next two years to drive the goals of Squash BCs Strategic Plan - Preferred Five-Year vision.

Some changes to the Board are George James' departure as VP Finance.  I thank him for his dedication and wish him well in his new endeavors. We welcome Leonard Bruce as the new VP Finance.

We are thrilled that Jimmy Valliere, Donalda Meyers, and Bruce Matthews remain on the Board. I would like to thank them for their exceptional contributions to their portfolios, their guidance with their committees and most especially their collaborative efforts to steer, reason and assess a new model that is sustainable for the future of the organization.

New Director at Large, Rachel Au
We would like to welcome three Directors to the Board:  Rachel Au, Rory Johnston and Liz Macey.  Portfolios have been assigned and orientation to these Portfolios will be provided by the President andExecutive Director over the coming weeks.

Our AGM ended with a tour of UVic's Advanced Microscopy Facility led by its Director and UVic Professor, Dr. Rodney Herring. Thank you, Rodney, for the opportunity of seeing this world class Supermicroscope in action (see article). "Scientists can see how cells move and function, allowing them to better understand diseases and ultimately lead to treatment."

Thank you.

And a word from our New Board Member, Liz Macey
It was an exciting weekend of discussion, planning, and all things squash in Victoria last weekend at the Squash BC AGM.
Having not previously attended this meeting before, I was thrilled to see so many people committed to giving back to the squash community and excited about growing the sport in our province. 
Myself, Rachel Au, and Rory Johnston are all new to the Board this year and received a very warm welcome from the returning board members, zone reps, and participants at the meeting. 
We are all excited to dig into our new portfolios and get to work on some interesting projects.
Some of the portfolios I was lucky enough to receive are Volunteer and Volunteer Recognition, Court Advocacy, and contributing to the social media and content of the Squash BC e-newsletter. 
I have some interesting ideas for each of these portfolios and am looking forward to continued discussion and collaboration with Squash BC members and staff to do each of these projects justice.
I'm very excited to have an active role with Squash BC and strongly encourage anyone with any thoughts, comments, or ideas relating to the previously mentioned portfolios to please get in touch-I'd love to hear from you! 
Liz Macey 

Summer Squash Camps on Offer

School is out in less than a month so if you haven't sorted out all of your weeks of summer yet, the Squash BC website summer camps is a good place to start.

Whether you and your child want to focus on developing skills or just having fun, I believe you can have "your cake and eat it too".  

There are varied types of camps being offered through the province run by dedicated and passionate coaches. You will notice cross-training type camps on offer, as well as specific skill development such as ball control or agility and coordination.

Check out the camps in your area. If you do not see your club or community centre listed, please contact them directly to find out what programs they have.

Check back regularly as we are being notified of added camps and programs amongst our member clubs.

The Human Speedometer: Practical Tips to be Switched On in Performance

So you're about to compete yet you don't feel as though you're in the optimal zone. This happens often.

All's great in training, then right before competition, your body just doesn't seem to listen. You feel either low or high levels of body activation. Is there a way to get the ideal activation levels? Yes absolutely .

Check out this article by Zoran Stojkovic of Kizo Performance to learn what is going on.
These Mental Performance Tips have been contributed by Zoran Stojkovic, MSC in Sport & Exercise Psychology (Finland) and Founder of Kizo Performance . Grab your free 30-minute mental training consultation  now.

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: 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.

...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: if you can help us with this!

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