Upcoming Tournaments
2019-20 Squash BC Tournament Calendar
Squash BC is excited about this season’s tournament calendar!

Member clubs are offering numerous competitions to support our player community. Squash BC sanctioned tournaments are listed, as well as Squash BC's Provincial Championships.

Through the course of the year, the clubs will create their tournament events and sign-ups will be available through this calendar.

We will be adding information about National events when they become available.

Plan ahead so you don't miss out! 
Jericho Sun and Surf
Sun and Surf is back for another action-packed weekend of squash that includes lots of fun social events, our legendary Saturday night theme 'Venetian Masquerade' 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 or the pool deck overlooking the ocean and north shore mountains.

Deadline to enter is August 7!
Good Luck to BC Juniors Competing in Hong Kong
HEAD Hong Kong Junior Squash Open, a WSF & PSA Satellite Tour event, an ASF Asian Junior Super Series PLATINUM event organized by Hong Kong Squash is being held from July 23 to 27 in Kowloon, Hong Kong! More than 1,000 matches will be held as over 600 players from nearly 20 different countries such as Australia, England, India, and Japan compete in the biggest junior event in Hong Kong.

Featuring boys and girls U11 through U19, we are excited that our BC juniors Jose Emilio Carrillo, Diego Ordonez, Grace Huang, Jacob Lin, and Yu Xing Jiang will be competing in the tournament. Good luck!
Pan Am Games start July 26 in Lima!
The 2019 Pan Am Games are upon us and top players from the Americas are getting ready to compete.

Six of Canada’s world-class squash players will be representing the Great White North at the multi-sport games, all of whom are past Canadian Champions.

Sam Cornett leads the women’s squad with four national titles including her impressive win this year over fellow teammate Hollie Naughton who follows closely behind with two national titles. Danielle Letourneau rounds out the women’s team as the 2018 champion. On the men’s side, the team will feature Nick Sachvie, Andrew Schnell and Shawn DeLierre, who each have captured two national championships in their careers.

Although there is no television or live streaming coverage, you can follow the Squash Canada website and social media (@squashcanada) channels for updates.
Good Luck to Juniors Competing in the World Junior Squash Championships in Malaysia
The 2019 World Junior Squash Championships are now less than two weeks away. Our Canadian athletes will face opponents from every corner of the globe at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from July 30 to August 9. 

The event will consist of junior men’s and junior women’s individuals, followed by a team competition that rotates gender annually.

Good luck to our BC juniors Lucia Bicknell, Sarah Cao, Matt Bicknell, Emilio Carrillo, and Sayeed Mavani who are playing at these championships.
Women & Girls in Squash
Howe Cup in Seattle!
Nov 15-17, 2019
This year, the Howe Cup Women’s Team Championships, the United States’ largest squash event for women, will be in Seattle.

The tournament will be held at the Seattle Athletic club, just one block away from Pike Place market, from November 15-17.

This is a great opportunity for our BC Women players to form a team and go on a fun road trip to compete, have fun and form lasting friendships and memories!
Faces of Women in Squash
This month Squash BC is profiling two of BC’s young female athletes in its Face of Women & Girls Squash series.

To read about these rising BC stars...
Sophie Dorrius of Revelstoke (pictured here with her sister Julia)
Hermione Cao of Richmond
Tournament Recaps
Summer Fun at the Vancouver Lawn Club

The Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club kick ed off the Summer Fun with a singles and doubles tournament that was friendly both on court and to the pocket book! 
 
Thank you to everyone that played and congrats to all the winners and finalists!

And another shout out to sponsors! Petit Ami, AdvineturesCan, Resource, EnterprisesSteamworks, Brewery & Hugh Woolley & Gary Evans.
Evergreen Summer
Doubles Love

The Evergreen Summer Doubles Squash event was, once again, one of the most popular doubles events on the coast!

With almost 90 entries, the most challenging aspect was scheduling given that there were 3 courts in 3 locations, and many players had entered in 2 events.

Despite these challenges, the overall response was positive as people enjoyed playing corn hole and spike ball outside between matches, and many people stopped by the club for the good food and activities.

The tournament souvenir (a huge microfiber towel that is very absorbent but compact) was also a hit!

We also had a lightning round for $250, with the stipulations being: doubles ball, singles court, non-dominant hand operating the racquet.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who came out to support the event!
Junior Pathway
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.
Nakusp Youth Squash

Led by Janis Neufield, a Junior Pathway Grassroots session was held in Nakusp, BC providing 9 developing players with the opportunity to participate in some fun events. She reports:

3 kids were in the more advanced group and the younger beginners were all the others.

I was the coach for the year thanks to the training I received in Revelstoke last year. I learned a lot from both the level one training, and from watching and taking lessons. 2 players competed in the Revelstoke Squash Tournament in October 2018 and had a very encouraging time!

The camps are always jam packed with lots of fun and learning! I also took out the older kids to Revelstoke to take part in some of the Interior Squash Academy programming to play with kids there.

Thanks again for the financial support to make it possible for players to come out while we continue to grow to be able to be coaches ourselves for our small community .”
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..
Squash BC at Car Free Days!
On June 16, Vancouver Racquets Club Head Pro Andrew Mount and some dedicated VRC volunteers brought Squash BC's portable mini-squash court out to the Car Free Festival on Main Street.

The biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals spanning over 20 blocks, Main street was filled with 15 stages and mini festivals along the entire street.

This was a fun, family-friendly event with kid-zones, skateboarders, funky artisan shops and popular food vendors.

Many participants visited our station to try playing some squash. it was a great event to introduce the community to our sport.

Clubs interested in borrowing the mini-court to promote squash in their communities can email office@squashbc.com.
2019 Squash Summer Tour
Squash BC was pleased to offer the 2019 Squash Summer Tour from July 1st - July 12 to our member clubs in the Okanagan and the Kootenays. This was an excellent opportunity to provide 6 squash facilities with coaching clinics for players of all ages and skill levels.
 
Michael Thompson and Joey Gingold wanted to give back to the squash community in BC by supporting clubs and their members. Through one-on- one play, coaching clinics, and exhibition matches, Michael, a former Canadian Junior Champion and certified coach, alongside fellow Drexel University squash teammate Joey, did just that. Not only did they meet local squash players to learn about the impact of the sport across BC, but Michael and Joey also shared their passion and expertise with the community.

The 2019 Summer Tour was great success. From beginners to intermediates, participants joined us from all across BC and had the opportunity to drop in for a few hours to play some squash and participate in a fun, social event.

Squash BC would like to thank all of the participants for their hospitality and for welcoming us into your community while supporting the first ever Squash Summer Tour.
Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to Ruth Castellino
Recipient of the 2018/19 Jack Larson Trophy
Ruth Castellino was presented the Jack Larson award (Squash BC's highest honor recognizing an individual for their significant overall contribution to the development of Squash in the province) in front of her doubles peers at the Summer Doubles Tournament at Evergreen July 14.

Ruth was a competitive powerhouse reaching top 10 nationally in singles early on in her career. In doubles she has won numerous titles in BC competition let alone her 5 National Doubles Championships over the years, with her last win in 2018 in the Canadian Women’s 55.

Ruth has been heavily involved in organizing for BC Doubles Provincial Championships for many years and co-chaired an incredibly successful 2018 Canadian Doubles Championships. Ruth has also been a National Hardball Doubles Referee since 2008.

One of Ruth's key and most impactful initiatives started over 10 years ago. Her objective was to increase women's participation in hardball doubles play and share the passion of the sport that has driven her to play socially and competitively over a good portion of her life.

She coordinated a doubles rules clinic which included strategies and how to officiate. In 2008, the Ladies Doubles Squash League, incorporating match play, officiating and the sharing of libations to celebrate a fun evening, was born. The participation numbers since that launch have been on a steady rise with this past season's participation levels of 60 women and girls.

What an outstanding legacy of her tireless efforts for Squash in BC as well as Nationally. Congratulations Ruth!
Provincial Training Squad Graduates
This year, 8 athletes who were on the 2018/19 Provincial Training Squad are graduating from high school. Squash BC would like to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the program.

Next year Mitchell Kahnert and John Dempsey will be heading to Western University of Ontario while Sayeed Mavani, Matt Bicknell, and Anika Kurji head off to Montreal to attend McGill University.

Continuing their studies in the US, Quan Ng and Cindy Cao will be attending Williams College and Barnard College respectively.

Meanwhile, Ismael Matti-Alverez, who has been busy coaching this summer, will be beginning Computer Studies program at Langara College in August.

Good luck to these athletes as they move into the next phase of their education.
Announcements and News
Squash BC Photo Archive Challenge
Squash BC needs your help! Take a look at the attached photos and the link below and let us know if you recognize anyone.

If you do, send an email to community.relations@squashbc.com with your name, photo number, and the name of the individual in the photo.

For each person you identify, your name will be placed in a draw and you will have a chance to win the prize for the week. This week the prize is…. a box of 12 Dunlop squash balls! We will notify winners by email before the next newsletter is released.
Speaker Series Event
Registration is now open for our next Sport Performance Speaker Series event: Travel Nutrition – Optimizing nutrition in-transit and at your destination!

On Tuesday, August 6 at 6pm, CSI Pacific's Dietitian Vanessa Zoras will discuss the challenges of travel, how to optimize nutrition and preparation to name a few topics.

She has experience in providing nutrition seminars and hands-on culinary sessions to athletes, parents, and coaches in a variety of sports to improve knowledge and habits that influence performance.

Zoras has applied performance nutrition and culinary knowledge to develop three two-week menu plans, write food preparation task lists and schedules, and cater meals for seven Cycling Canada athletes prior to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Flexibility in Sport
Physiotherapist Dave Carter wrote a piece on flexibility in sport. Click here to see whether or not flexibility is relevant to your game!

In addition to physiotherapy, Dave Carter is also an in-house health consultant and in January ran a Nutrition Challenge. Take a look at the summary blog which includes videos and notes on all the most important topics covered over the month.
Coaching and Officiating
Coach Developer Training Opportunities
There are opportunities to train or retrain Coach Developers (Learning Facilitators & Evaluators) to deliver coaching courses.

Check out the Coach Developer Professional Development Weekend being hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario on October 4 th – 6 th, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Coaches wanting to become Coach Developers must take “Core Training” as part of the certification process and this would be a chance to do so in one weekend. While there are other components to become Coach Developers within Squash this would complete part of the requirements.
Sport for Life

Sport for Life has introduced a new edition of long-term development in sport and physical activity with updated revisions.
National Coaches Week 2019

From September 21-29, join us to celebrate, recognize, and say #ThanksCoach to the coaches who have made a positive impact in communities across Canada. Participating in National Coaches Week is easy! You can recognize a coach during a game or tournament, plan a celebration event, or just share a thank you on social media!  Visit the National Coaches Week webpage to learn more about how you can get involved this September.
Registration is open for #SLS19! Enjoy three days of learning, professional development, and networking with innovative thinkers from within the sport, business, and education communities in Canada. This year’s event will take place in Richmond, British Columbia, from November 7-9, at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Register before September 12 to save $100 and be entered into a draw for a chance to win free gas for a year, courtesy of Petro-Canada!
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