Squash BC Tournaments
Ben Uliana, the staff & volunteers at Cedar Hills and St Michaels University School put on a first- class BC Open the weekend of October 13-15. The winner of the Women's Open was England's Vicky Lust who now makes her home in Shawnigan Lake and in the Men's Open it was England's Andrew Birks who now resides in Nanaimo. Congratulations to all the winners, the officials and the volunteer group who made this an exceptional squash weekend in Victoria.
Some players were disappointed that the BC Open was full of participants two weeks before the tournament. There are a number of tournaments coming up on the schedule that may force tournament organizers to close the entrants, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.
The BC Junior Open Championships is October 27-29 at Evergreen Squash Club in West Vancouver. This tournament will feature all of the top juniors in the province, the nation and some of the best American juniors.
The Jericho Open is scheduled for November 1-5. Entry deadline is almost here, so sign up today for another memorable weekend at the beautiful Jericho Club. The deadline is Wednesday, October 25.
The Hollyburn Junior Open is a new tournament on the Squash BC calendar. It is scheduled for the weekend of November 10-12. This will be the first year of the event with the goal to create a junior tourney for players who will not be travelling to the Alberta Jesters Junior Open which is the same weekend. The Hollyburn Junior Open will give juniors a valuable match play experience.
For all Squash BC sanctioned tournaments, simply go to the Squash BC website to enter: squashbc.com
GUDEWILL FAMILY FUND CHALLENGE
The Gudewill Family have been generous donors in off-setting travel costs for British Columbia's competitive junior players for many years. You or your family may have benefited from the Gudewill Fund in the past. With the number of BC juniors competing successfully at a national level and given that the costs of competing are increasing, the Family has decided to not only renew their annual pledge but to increase it as well and challenge the British Columbia squash community to match their funds with a donation to junior squash.
The Challenge: The Gudewill Family will match every donation of $500 or more, up to a maximum of $10,000 annually, with the goal of raising $20,000 per year. With the costs of tournament entry fees, hotel, airfare & ground transportation increasing at a rapid rate, it now costs well over $10,000 each year for a provincial and national level junior player from British Columbia to travel to the tournaments that are necessary for them to compete with the best in the country and for some to gain international experience.
Matthew Henderson, a former Canadian Junior Champion playing out of Cedar Hill in Victoria and now attending University of Western Ontario, stated that: "due to the Gudewill family's generous support, I have been able to compete for British Columbia and Canada all around the world. They have helped me achieve so many of my squash, academic and personal goals that would have been beyond reach without them."Matthew is now playing on Western's Squash Team which is the best University team in the country.
Michelle Garceau played her junior squash at the Evergreen Club in North Vancouver and was a double medalist and BC flag bearer at the Canada Winter Games in 2015. In an indirect way, the Gudewill funding helped her get accepted at an Ivy League School in the U.S. Michelle is grateful for the opportunities that funding provided: "Because of the generous support of the Gudewill bursary that I received through squash BC, the funding helped me attend many tournaments. Through squash, I was accepted to Cornell University and was able to continue to play squash on the varsity team. I am forever grateful for their support!"
If you are interested in accepting this challenge and making a tax deductible donation to this travel fund, please contact Tom Bedore at the Squash BC office at 604-736-3527 or email him at
to get more information on how you can have an impact on giving our young players the opportunity to reach their potential on the squash court.
Christine Yap Earns Her Level 3 Officiating
Congratulations to Christine Yap on her successful completion of becoming a National Referee. This is a select group of just four officials in British Columbia.
Christine has made a significant commitment to achieving this certification travelling throughout Canada and the world. Most recently, Yap was officiating at the Hong Kong Junior Open and the BC Open. Christine is frequently recruited by US Squash to officiate at American championships and officiates at all the top Canadian tournaments.
Notice to League Players
League play is now underway throughout the province. Squash Leagues are growing in British Columbia. It is a great way to improve your squash game through competition and to meet new squash friends. There are Squash BC sanctioned leagues on Vancouver Island, throughout the lower mainland and in the Okanagan.
If you play in a League in BC, just a friendly reminder that you must have paid your SQBC membership by the end of October. Failure to do so will eliminate the points that you win for your team. The penalty will go into effect immediately following the October 31 grace period. Before paying your individual Squash BC fee, check with your member club/league to ensure they have not paid on your behalf.
Jack Cornett Passing
A tragic accident has impacted the Canadian squash world. Canada's top ranked women's player, Samantha Cornett, and her mother and President of Squash Ontario, Janice Lardner, sadly and tragically lost their father/husband, Jack Cornett, on October 16 as a result of a cycling accident.
Jack and Janice introduced Sam to squash at a young age, and while Jack had remained an active squash player and sports enthusiast, it was only earlier this year that he entered his first Canadian Squash Championship. Dr. Jack Cornett was a renowned Canadian scientist, including as a
professor and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Radiochemistry and Environmental Health at the University of Ottawa.
Squash Canada and Squash Ontario have set up a Squash Community Condolence Message Board that will be delivered to the family. If you wish to share your condolences, support, thoughts and prayers with Janice, Sam and sister Alex, you may do so by clicking
and adding your message.
We are sure that during this difficult time your kind words will be appreciated.
Foundations Coaching Course is a Sell-Out
The Foundations Coaching Course scheduled for October 21/22 for new BC coaches is full of participants. Training new coaches is an integral part of growing squash in our province. We are blessed with many high-level coaches and this weekend we will be developing a whole new group. The Foundations Course will be conducted by Andrew Lynn at Bentall Centre Athletic Club in downtown Vancouver.
If you were unable to sign up for this course but would like to begin your coaching career, the next Squash BC Foundations Coaching Course is scheduled for January 12-14 at Cedar Hills in Victoria. Just go to the Squash BC website (squashbc.com), click on calendar and scroll down to enter the course.
If you are already a coach and interested in upgrading your certification, Andrew Lynn will be hosting an Intro to Competition Course at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club. Just go to the Squash BC website (squashbc.com), click on calendar and scroll down to enter the course.