Squash Milestone Celebrated at Evergreen Squash Club
Whether you believe Evergreen Squash Club is located in West Vancouver or North Vancouver, one thing for sure, for the past 50 years, the club has been the home of some of the best squash players in the province, the country and in some cases, the world (and still is, Thomas Brinkman, Head Squash Pro at Evergreen, played in the final at the World Squash Doubles in St Louis five months ago).
This past weekend the 50th Anniversary of Evergreen was celebrated with a squash tournament that featured something for every level and both singles & doubles. Squash fans were even treated to the opportunity to see former World Champion Jonathan Power who played in the Pro Doubles portion of the tournament. Power was joined by several of the top Doubles players in the world including the eventual winners Victor Berg and Dave Letourneau. For a list of all the winners, click here.
Squash BC New Office Staff
Executive Director, Nancy Thompson, heads up a new team in the Squash BC office. Liana Schou as the Coordinator of Member Services and Operations will be the person you see in the office most days. Joanne Veltri, Coordinator of Business Development and Member Engagement, will be connecting with the province's squash community as she develops a marketing and communications plan to support Squash BC's strategic plans. Steve Hawyes will also be connecting with the squash community as Squash BC's new Coordinator of Community Relations.
Justin Todd Wins the Pacific
Coast Open Doubles Tournament
Justin Todd continues to prove he is one of the top Doubles players in the world by winning both the Mens Open & Mixed Open at the Pacific Coast Open Doubles Tournament in Portland in January. Jason Del Vicario was Justin's partner for the Mens & Ruth Castellino for the Mixed. Canadians made up almost half the draw and came away with most of the hardware. All the results are listed below along with video of some of the highlights and a picture of the
female contingent of Canadian players.
Mens Open: Justin Todd/Jason Del Vicario
Mixed Open: Justin Todd/Ruth Castellino
Women's Open Cons: Niki Ahern/Melissa Troll
Division 1: Mark Levey/Jongho Kim
Mixed Div 1: Francis Frost/ Hilton
Mixed Div 1 Cons: Richard Martin/Laura Ramsay
60+ Brian Covernton/Bruce McFarlane
60+ Cons: Brad Ridgway/Glenn Sorensen
70+ Cons: John Osburn/Dan Karnowski
The point that includes Covey's famous dive starts at the Game 5 4:49 mark. For fun, here's a slo-mo version:
Jesters Grow Squash in BC
The BC Chapter of the Jesters are title sponsor of two tournaments the weekend of February 15-18: the Jesters Doubles Tournament at Vancouver Racquets Club & the Pacific Northwest Juniors Tournament at Cedar Hills in Victoria. Jesters is an international organization created in 1929 to grow squash throughout the world. The BC chapter hosts a number of squash tournaments throughout the year in addition to many other projects that help grow the game.
Vancouver Racquets Club Develops New Juniors with Pathways
Steve Lawton, Head Squash Pro at Vancouver Racquets Club (VRC) hosted a sold-out Development Junior Pathways event February 3. This event was a good example of how Squash BC's new Junior Pathway program is giving many new young people the opportunity to learn squash from some of the best coaches in the world. The 24 new young squash players ranging in age from 7-14 were provided quality instruction with a mini-tournament at the end of the event.