Historical Best Showing for BC Juniors at the Canadian Junior Nationals
Squash BC's Junior contingent won fifty per cent of the national championship titles at the 2018 Canadian Junior Nationals held Apr 19 to 22 at the Mayfair Club Lakeshore in Toronto.
In addition to the five title win, BC snagged thirteen semi-finalist positions out of forty spots and eight finalists out of twenty spots.
This level of high performance is the culmination of an intense year of training, coaching and practice for the province's junior athletes.
This success is deeply rewarding for parents, coaches, pros and junior development volunteers in the Squash BC community who have invested time, energy and resources to support the
Junior Development Program
a Executive Director, Dan Wolfenden, highlighted BC's fabulous performance in his closing remarks.
Congratulations to our National
- Yusuf Matti Alvarez Boys U11
- Maria Min Girls U13
- Jacob Lin Boys U13
- Gabriel Yun Boys U15
- Andrea Toth Girls U19
...and Well Done to semi-finalists / final placements!
- Yu Ying Ng (#3 Girls U11)
- Ethan Wong (#4 Boys U11)
- Kathryn Herring (#3 Girls U13)
- Joseph Toth (#2 Boys U13)
- Sarah Cao (#2 Girls U15)
- Christian Yuen (#3 Boys U15)
- Lucia Bicknell (#2 Girls U17)
- Brooke Herring (#3 Girls U19)
- Cynthia Cao (#4 Girls U19)
Great work, Everyone!
Upcoming events for juniors to continue to develop their game
The high level results earned by BC juniors at the 2018 Canadian Junior Nationals inspires many to continue to develop their game and take their play to the next level.
There are two upcoming events that provide juniors with play/practice/compete options:
2018 Whistler Squash Classic
This May long weekend tournament has been a staple on the Squash BC tournament calendar. This year, Tournament Organizer Rob Eberhard is running a companion Junior Progressive event that will enable juniors to get some competition practice just before the summer hits.
Junior Pathway Tourney/Clinic - Vancouver Racquets Club Jun 2, 2018
Head Pro Steve Lawton of the Vancouver
Racquets Club will be holding a Junior
Development Pathway Event on June 2. 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!
Tradition continues with Lapham Grant matches
The 97th annual
matches between Canada and the USA were held April 19-22, 2018 in Chicago. The competition (which dates back to 1922) is believed to be one of the oldest amateur sporting events between Canada and the US.
The prestigious invitation-only event has four independent competitions: Lapham - men's singles; Grant - men's doubles; Lawrence-Wilkins - men's over 65 doubles; and Crawford Cup - women's singles and doubles
British Columbia was well represented with sixteen local players including: Malcolm Moore, Jamie Bleay, Ryan Haider, Morgan Latremouille, Mark Ridgeway, John Osburn, Lynn Broman, Martin Kaffka, Doug MacDougall, Carolyn Russell, Rachel Au, Stacy Hall, Caitlin Hungerford, Sue Kaffka, Karen Levine and Megan Picken.
The tournament was a great success with Canada claiming the Lapham trophy and tying thirteen matches all in the Lawrence-Wilkins competition. Most importantly many friendships were made and renewed. With great competition on the court and many festivities off the court, a good time was had by all!
By all accounts it sounds like the 2018 Vernon Open was a tremendous success. Of the eighty tournament participants, twenty two juniors had the added benefit of hitting with previous World #1 Jonathan Power and #44 Viktor Berg.
One participant commented:
Unbelievable tournament all around! then add in the wow factor of JP and Viktor being part the tournament and playing with the juniors!! The best tournament I've been too!! Also, I think it was great to have the junior division as part of the Sr. tournament so that the next generation of squash players gets the chance to play in the same tournament as their parent(s).
Tournament Organizer and Rosters Head Pro,
, would like to thank everyone involved in making the tournament a huge success including the juniors, volunteers, Sponsors, Viktor Berg and Jonathan Power.
2018 Pacific Rim Championships
This is Stuart and Sandy's 37th straight year hosting the Pac Rim Championships at the Victoria Squash Club. The tournament has a long-standing reputation for high quality squash, excellent social activities and a wonderful atmosphere. This year was no exception with both the Men's and Women's Open events proving to be extremely competitive.
Spectators were all treated to fantastic matches and the sportsmanship displayed at all levels was truly impressive which made the referees jobs so much easier. Thank you!
The tournament hosts garnered a plethora of edible endeavors over the weekend which included complimentary drinks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening!
Participants never went hungry with light snacks (including cheese, crackers, chips and popcorn) on Friday evening and breakfast buffet (bagels, cream cheese, fruit and coffee) on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
To finish off a great weekend of squash, the Logan's Pub hosted a remarkable Cajun-style dinner which incorporated mashed potatoes, fried chicken, seafood jambalaya and steamed vegetables.
Men's Division 1 results:
2. Ryan Picken (Shawnigan Lake School, Jericho Tennis Club)
3. Andrew Birks (Nanaimo Squash Club)
4. Matt Nation (Victoria Squash Club)
Women's Division 1 results:
A special thanks to the following sponsors whose help made this all possible:
Wheaton GM, Pontiac, Buick, GMC
John Van Cuylenborg,
Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites,
Capital City Refrigeration,
Island Office Equipment,
Smith Hutchison Law Firm,
Squash BC and
Out of the Blue Design
Stuart and Sandy look forward to seeing you all next year!
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 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.
Spring Cleaning at Squash BC
It is Springtime 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 picture frames and squash memorabilia that might be of interest to avid squash players!
Our offices are at the Vancouver Racquets Club, 4867 Ontario Street, Vancouver, BC. Call us at 604-737-3084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for anything in particular.
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