The Official eNewsletter of Squash BC 
Volume 3, Issue 1
January 27, 2016
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Hello, from Squash BC!

It's a new year and the squash season is in full swing! We are excited about all the upcoming tournaments and events for Squash players of all levels. Please read on to find more information and links to sign up.

We would also like to wish a warm welcome to Katrina Stevenson who has joined the Squash BC team part-time as our Programs and Services Coordinator. Katrina has been playing squash for about a year and a half but her enthusiasm for the sport is enough for a lifetime! She will be assisting with the website, social media, tournament administration and most importantly launching our Junior Pathway program. Feel free to swing by the office on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons to say hello to Katrina!
Upcoming Tournaments

BC Jesters Club Doubles Squash Tournament
The BC Jesters Doubles Tournament is February 10-14 and the registration deadline on Friday January 29 is fast approaching! There are limited entries so register as soon as you can.

A partner is not required to enter, but you can indicate wall preference when you register. Everyone is guaranteed 4 matches, with and against 12 different players. The entry fee is $35 and the tournament supports junior squash with $33.33 of each entry fee being donated to The 2020 Fund.

To register or for more information please visit the tournament website

Americas Masters Games
Registration is now open for the inaugural Americas Masters Games taking place in Vancouver August 26 - September 4, 2016. If you are 30 years of age or older at the time of the event, you are eligible to register. We have gathered all information regarding the Squash events and registration in one easy reference place on our website so check it out here

Sign up for these events now!
Fourth Annual Evergreen Squashes Cancer, February 3-7, 2016 - There's still time to sign up! (Registration Deadline: January 31)

2016 Sea to Sky Squash Tournament, February 12-14, 2016

2016 BC Closed Championships presented by Nicola Wealth Management, February 24-28, 2016

King of the Courts 2016, March 1-5, 2016

Americas Masters Games, August 26 - September 4, 2016

Canadian Junior Open: Recap

Congrats to Matthew Henderson, Canadian Open Boys U19 Champion! Matthew won five straight matches on his way to the gold medal. A story on his road to victory is featured on our website

We are very proud of the eight other BC athletes who finished at the top of their divisions:
BU 17 - Ryan Picken, 4th place
BU 15 - Mitchell Kahnert 4th place, John Dempsey 5th place and Matt Bicknell 7/8th place
BU 13 - Christian Yuen 7/8th place
GU 17 - Nour Elhendawi 2nd place and Andrea Toth 5th place
GU 13 - Sarah Cao 7/8th place

2019 Canada Winter Games

The Canada Winter Games of 2019 will be hosted in Red Deer, Alberta. 
Squash BC is looking to populate the Canada Winter Games 2019 committee. We would like to invite all interested members to sit on this committee to please contact Jordan Abney ( the Executive Director of Squash BC.
The Canada Winter Games committee is a minimal 3-year commitment that culminates just after the games end in 2019. The committee responsibilities include: hiring a coach and manager, suggesting Squash BC policies amendments relating to the games, selecting a squad annually, selecting the team to go to the games and overseeing the budget, etc. This committee will usually meet only twice a year in the first two years and then three to four times in the final year.  Athletes participating in the squads and team will be U17 and U19 (boys and girls) at the times of the games. If you require any further information please contact the past chair of the committee, Mark Robinson, at
Squash BC encourages all members to consider this invitation.

Junior Clinic in Nakusp: Recap

The town of Nakusp (it's in the West Kootenays, in case you have to look it up) had some special squash related guests this past weekend. Kevin Dorrius from Revelstoke, along with his two daughters Sophie and Julia, put on a Squash clinic for the Juniors in Nakusp. Shane Douglas created a great video recap of the event which you can view now

Gif's Gab #4: Get into the Zone with the Magic of Rituals

Barry is back with the 4th installment of his self-titled series Giff's Gabs. This time he tells us about the power of rituals and how you can use them to strength your game. Have a read and share your rituals with us!

Member Benefits: Canadian Direct Insurance for Home, Auto and Travel Insurance!

A reminder to all of our members, that as a member a benefit you receive  up to a 10% discount and enhanced* coverage on your home, tenant, condominium and town-home insurance with Canadian Direct. For more information, go to

*Comprehensive and Premier Policy forms only.
Signing up is simple and convenient:
  • For home and auto insurance, simply call 1.888.225.5234 or 604.699.3838 (lower mainland) and speak with a licensed Insurance Advisor.
  • Please self-identify that you are a member of the Squash BC group insurance program to ensure you get the best coverage and rates
  • For Travel insurance, you can get a quote online here
If you have any questions about home, auto or travel insurance 
please call Canadian Direct Insurance at 1.888.225.5234 or email

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Upcoming Courses, Clinics & Events

Singles Officiating certification is available through the online course offered by Squash Canada. It's a great way to get more comfortable with the rules and the calls. It can be taken entirely online, at your own pace.  Click here to take the Online Squash Officials Course . Once you complete the course, you are a certified "Club" official (previously referred to as D). 

The Squash BC Calendar if full of events for adults, juniors, singles and doubles. Be sure to check out the Calendar here
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Jordan Abney, 
Executive Director
Squash BC