CHANGES AT SQUASH BC

Tom Bedore will be stepping down from the Executive Director role in mid February 2018. Tom's personal commitments in 2018 will prevent him from allocating the time necessary to meet the requirements of the Squash BC organization.

This change does however present the organization with the opportunity to evaluate all the requirements of the Squash BC office and consider possible restructuring of the work load and roles with the intent to increase capacity and resiliency of the organization.  The Squash BC Board has undertaken a review of different staff leadership models to explore options that will meet both our short and longer term requirements as a non-profit Provincial Sport organization.

The Squash BC Board will be undertaking a recruitment process immediately to fulfill the required positions of the office. We are working towards a seamless transition over the next several months. If you have any questions or comments please contact Bruce Matthews Squash BC Board member and Chair of the Squash BC Search Committee

The Board would like to thank Tom for his significant contributions to Squash BC during his time with our organization and we hope his passion for the game of squash will continue to be felt on the court and in our community.

Sincerely
 
Nancy Thompson
President, Squash BC


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Andrea Toth & Jacob Lin Play in Championship Finals at Canadian Jr Open

With almost 300 athletes from twenty countries participating in the Canadian Jr Open at White Oaks, the team from British Columbia demonstrated that our province has some of the best young squash players in the world.

Andrea Toth & Jacob Lin made it to the finals in their respective age categories. The Girls U19 Final was a rematch of the U19 Canadian Jr SquashChampionship at Hollyburn this past spring between Andrea Toth & Emma Jinks. Toth played exceptional squash but lost in 4. Another of BC's top female players played Jinks in the semi-final. It was one of the highlights of the tournament as Brooke Herring narrowly lost 11-8 in the fifth game. Herring went on to win the ¾ playoff. 

BC's best performer on the boy's side was Vancouver's Jacob Lin who beat a strong opponent from New Zealand in the semis and played a terrific match in the final narrowly losing in 5 games to an American.
In addition to Toth, Lin and Herring, other notable results for BC athletes included Sarah Cao finishing third in GU15, Lucia Bicknell third in GU17, Maria Min fourth in GU13, Gabriel Yun fifth in BU15, Grace Huang fifth in GU13, Matt Bicknell seventh in BU17, and Christian Yuen eighth in BU15. 

 
 
TEAM BC Announced for Teams Tournament in Windsor
 
Marco Toriz, Matt Henderson & Harry Freeman have been selected by Squash BC to represent TEAM BC at the Teams Tournament February 16-18 in Windsor, ON. This is a significant opportunity to showcase British Columbia's best players as $21,000 in prize money is up for grabs in the Men's & Women's Team Championship.

Unfortunately, there was not enough interest from BC's best women players to field a team in the Women's portion of the tournament. 


 
Give the Gift of Squash this Christmas

Squash players know the positive impact the game of squash can have. Squash BC continues to encourage people to try the game of squash for all the benefits the game provides. To help us get more people playing squash, we hope you will consider a donation to promote the game of squash. Your donation also helps Squash BC improve the experience of squash for our existing players. Please visit the Squash BC website at www.squashbc.com and learn more about donating to our game.
 

 
Western Canadian Doubles

The Western Canadian Doubles Championships took place November 21-26 at Evergreen Squash Club. The kick-off event was an exhibition match with world class players Justin Todd, Thomas Brinkman and Victor Berg and 
local star Mark Ridgeway.   The shot making, court coverage and team work had spectators in awe. Justin and Thomas narrowly won in 5 but they were all winners to us!

The ladies final saw veteran national champs Michelle Ramsey (Calgary) and Tessa Breukels go down 3-1 to another national champ Cathy Covernton and relative newcomer Niki Ahern (future national champ?)

The finals of the men's open was intensely fought by Mike Leckie and David Goldsmith  lo sing a long 3-1 battle to Thomas Brinkman and Andrew Smart.
Mike quickly changed his shirt to partner with Kathleen Johnson from Portland in the mixed against Tim Martin and Rachel Au. It was a long tough 5 gamer dealt Mike another loss this time 15-13 in the 5th but the fans again were very impressed with the shot making and hustle by all. 

Thanks to Tim Martin and Cathy Covernton for once again running an excellent event and to sponsors Howe Sound Brewing, Evergreen Squash Club, Promosapien, Petit Ami, DJJ's Wedge pizza, Vroom, Cilantro and Jalapeño and CC Squash. Many thanks to the volunteers and refs who are so essential to the success of the tourney. 


 
Gamble Charity Event at VRC a Big Winner for Autism

The "Gamble" Charity event has been hosted annually at VRC since 1990 in honour of Ross Gamble who died much too young from cancer. Every year since 1990, funds have been raised for charity. Doubles teams' handicaps are based on age. This year 44 players played and $3,670 was raised for Autism Speaks Canada.

Winners: Gamble 100 - Jamie Bleay / Lynn Broman   
Gamble 75 - Steve Lawton/ Jason Del Vicario

Thanks to sponsors: AJS Marketing Corporate & Sport Clothing/ Apparel, Steamworks Brewing Company/Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar and Synergy Mortgage (Alan George).  Also thanks to VRC Office staff for collection of entries and all things administrative and VLTBC for the use of their doubles court for the tournament. 

Lastly, thanks to chairs Brian Covernton and Steve Lawton for organizing the event along with the many volunteers who made it a fabulous week.

Winners: Lynn Broman/Jamie Bleay
1st Place (2nd image_16  Covey, Lynn Broman, Jamie Bleay, Steve Lawton
 
Finalists: Richard Martin/Paul Stevenson 2nd Place (1st image_15) Covey, Paul Stevenson, Richard Martin, Steve Lawton


Developmental Junior Pathways at Jericho

Thirty grassroots juniors descended on Jericho Tennis Club for a fun afternoon of squash.  Large contingents from Arbutus Club, Vancouver Racquet Club and Jericho Tennis Club made up the event along with a few travelers from Sandcastle Fitness in Surrey.

The group started with four timed round robin games of 5 minutes to assess
 level and introduce the juniors to new competition.  From there the group was organized into four separate Monrad draws of eight players by level.  Players played down to position which guaranteed another three, best of 3 matches.
There were some serious games played in all flights as well as a lot of fun and new friendships formed along the way.  Juniors also become knowledgeable and gained experience officiating for the first time.  Juniors received their first ranking points based on their results from the Monrad matches.  For a recap of the action click here to see all the results.

Richard Yendall, Head Squash Pro at Jericho, encourages squash coaches throughout the province to organize these Junior Progressive events. Yendall commented that "these are essential components of the Long Term Athlete Pathway and create a lot of excitement for new players.  Many of the juniors who participated for the first time showed impressive improvement in just a few hours as they cut their teeth and gained some valuable match experience.  After all this is what they spend time practicing each week!"

The next Junior Pathways event in the province is a Developmental Pathway February 3 at Vancouver Racquet Club.


Christmas Hours at Squash BC

The Squash BC office will be closed over the Christmas holidays from
December 22nd to January 1st. We will still have access to our emails and can be reached via cell.
Thanks, and have a great holiday season!
 








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