• UBC RecCentre - Vote Yes NOW
  • BC Tournaments Recap
  • Sign up for Nationals
  • Upcoming Events
  • Squash Players stood up to #ERASEbullying in Sport
  • Intermediate Coaches Certification Course
  • April's Junior Pathways Progressive Tournaments
  • Squash Canada's Wall of Fame and Heritage Display
  • Participaction Challenge "150 Activities"

UBC Recreation Centre - Vote Now

UBC has an important vote with the AMS elections for a new fitness and recreational building for students. Squash BC wants to encourage all UBC students to vote YES.

If the vote goes through for a recreation centre it opens up the door to an opportunity for  SquashBC and the Jesters to work with UBC to build squash courts. The Jesters have worked tirelessly for many years to get squash at UBC.

Vote Here. Please spread the word to any friends or friends of friends who are UBC students.

Remember to tell them Vote YES for a new student fitness and rec building at UBC Now (ends this Friday March 10th at 5pm)

Athletic Space
It's about time we expanded the fitness and rec space on campus to accommodate more than a small family of ants. The AMS has been back and forth with the university for the past year and have come up with a solution in the best way we could pull together. A new fitness building for students paid half by students and half by UBC.

The Question:
Do you support the AMS establishing a graduated fee ("The Fee") to contribute to the construction of a student fitness and recreation building at UBC Vancouver?

BC Tournaments - Recap

SquashBC is proud of our athletes that competed in the various provincial events that have occured in the past month. Below are writeups from each of these events. We thank the Host Clubs, Tournament Chairs, Officials, Volunteers, and Sponsors for providing quality events. These types of events cannot happen without these partners. Congratulations to all in making these great competitions!

2017 BC Provincial Closed Championship
Tournament Chair, Justin Todd and the Host Club Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club put on a great tournament February 22 - 26. The new courts at the Lawn saw lots of action as the club was a buzz the entire time. Tournament Official Christine Yap and her team of referees were kept busy. Display of endurance and raw determination made for incredible matches throughout the tournament. Thank you to the Tournament Chair, host club, volunteers and sponsors for a great competition. Click here for results.

BC Junior Closed Championship

Hollyburn once again played host to the event on March 3-5 and this year welcomed 130 entrants in gold and silver events which is the highest total participation in many years at the BC Junior Closed Champs.
The event kicked off with an unexpected fire alarm only minutes into the first matches. After that it was smooth sailing both on and off court. Sunday highlights came from a handful of excellent close finals in all draws.
Players came from Revelstoke, all over Vancouver Island, and all parts of the lower mainland. Great to see new clubs being represented at the BC Junior event.
Players really appreciated the prizes, headphones and Bluetooth speakers for all event winners, runner ups and consolation winners. Having all matches in one location created a great buzz from start to finish. There were approximately 80-100 on hand to watch the Sunday finals. Thank you to Tournament chair and committee, volunteers, host club, sponsors.
Chair Jeff Boag with Simon Bicknell, Cindy Longley
Hollyburn Country Club
Title sponsor: DevencoreNKF
Volunteers: Mika and Rina Forristal, Soraya and Annika Kurji
Tournament Referee: Mike Tooley
All results are online here

2017 Squash BC University Championships

There were a lot of spectacular showcases of the sport that included several 5 setter matches! A big thank you goes out to Vikes Recreation and CARSA for hosting this event at their beautiful squash courts! Thank you to Hot House Pizza for supplying the food for Friday night. For the prizes a big thank you goes out to Float House for donating several Float House gift cards and to Cent re Court Racquets for providing additional squash goodies! 1550s once again provided food for our tournament and it was a superb menu of appies as students thoroughly took advantage of! Thank you to the officials for assisting in the tough top matches.
Lastly a big thanks goes to the Squash Club executive team that once again came together to put on another tournament! Thank you Ian Sefton for taking on the organization of such a fantastic event.
A few highlights included Aiyden Martindale winning the lightning round on Saturday. He won a cool $105! Aiyden also won the divison 2 title against Benjamin Grundmanis 3-0. Mihir Badhan won the divison 1 title against Ian Sefton 3-1. The top lady of the tournament was Siobhan Hawyes who came all the way down from Terrace BC to put on a show. She had an exciting match against Jenna Sherven beating her 3-1.  See the full tournament results here!

BC Open Doubles

The BC Doubles Championships was held March 1-5 at the new Vancouver Lawn squash facility. For the second week in a row, Justin Todd ran a great tournament.  There were some great 5-game matches including Glen Sorensen/John King almost upsetting eventual winners Jamie Bleay/Mark Heaney in the Men's 50+. Then in the Men's Open the teaming of Robert Johnson/Andrew Smart narrowly lost to World #4 Victor Berg and relative rookie Gary Evans in the semis. Mixed Open Doubles winners Justin Todd /Ruth Castellino played brilliantly together against Karyn Trombley/Mark Ridgeway. Jason Del Vicario/Justin Todd won the Men's Open. Ruth Castellino paired with Rachel Au to win the Women's Open against Emma Parke/Karyn Trombley. Ed Berwick and Laura Ramsey were finalists in the Mens 60+ and lost to eventual winners, Brian Covernton/Malcolm Moore who played steady all weekend long without losing a game. In the Men's 40+ Brian MacFarlane/David Goldsmith had a hard fought match with two games ending with a nail-biting 15-14 over finalists Mike Dodds/Mike Carrier.
The dinner Saturday was delicious and the dancing led by Pam Brunswick was rocking fun! Thanks to Justin Todd for organizing a great tournament. Thanks to  Greg Desaulniers, the Tournament Official and the many volunteers that helped out. Click here for the results

Canadian Championships - Dates/Signup

2017 Canadian Doubles Championship - Marc 31-April 2 (Toronto)
2017 Canadian Junior Championships - April 20-23 (Hollyburn Club, Vancouver)
2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship - April 28-30 (Toronto)
2017 Canadian Squash Championships May 3-6 (Toronto)

Calendar of Events

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Mar 17 - Mar 19
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Mar 23 - Mar 26
Mar 24 - Mar 26
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Mar 31 - Apr 2
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Mar 31 - Apr 2
2017 Canadian National Men & Women's Doubles Sign Up  
Mar 31 - Apr 2
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April 5 - Aprl 9
Regional Training Squad Coast - Camp #2
April 8 - April 9
April 20 - April 23
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April 26 - April 30
2017 Pacific Rim Champs
April 27 -
April 30
2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships
April 28 - April 30
Event Type
2017 Canadian Squash Championships
Mayfair Club Lakeshore,
May 3 - May 7

Squash Players Stood Together to #ERASEbullying in Sport

Did you know that 55% of BC sports organizations surveyed know of athletes who have dropped out of sport because of bullying? As a result, viaSport and the Government of B.C. launched a #ERASEbullying initiative last month for every provincial and local sport organization, and all B.C. citizens.

SquashBC and its players supported this initiative during our Provincial Closed and Provincial Junior Championships. Way to go BC Squash Community!

"Intermediate" Coaches Certification Course

An Intermediate Coaching Course, (Old Level 2) will be held at Cedar Hill Squash Club in Victoria, March 24 -26. Cost for the course is $178.50. For more information please email office@squashbc.com

April's Junior Pathways Progressive Tournaments 
The Junior Pathway program aims to attract younger squash players and keep them playing our great game for longer in an inclusive and fun environment. Designed to take youngsters from their introduction to squash, through to eventually competing in our Junior competitive events, the program has three stages and combines technical skill acquisition with cooperative or competitive play, depending on age and level. Sign up for upcoming events at Arbutus Club (April 15)and Bentall Centre (April 29)

Squash Canada's Wall of Fame and Heritage Display Looking for New Home
Squash Canada is in search of a host for its Wall of Fame and Heritage Display.
The Opportunity Squash Canada has a Wall of Fame and Heritage Display that reflects and promotes the marvelous heritage of squash in Canada. Formerly on display at the National Squash Academy, a new home for the contents is being sought that will add a unique, attractive feature to a squash facility while promoting Canadian squash heroes and displaying historical artifacts of the sport.
For more information, c lick Here.

2017 Squash BC Supports
 ParticipACTION 150 Play List / Challenge

Squash has been named to the ParticipACTION 150 Play List.  The 150 Play List is a national program designed to encourage all Canadians to be physically active. Throughout 2017, every Canadian from coast to coast to coast will be challenged to complete as many physical activities on the list as possible. 

Track your progress, earn rewards and be entered for a chance to win weekly and monthly prizes. Click here to get started.

When you check squash off your 150 Play List, let us know! Use hashtag #150PlayList and tag @SquashCanada and @SquashBC on Twitter.

The first confirmed special squash event for the year will be an official 150 Play List Tour Stop at the 2017 Canadian Squash Championships.  The ParticipACTION 150 Play List Crew has 100 tour stops planned across Canada, and squash will be a featured event! 
Spread the word and get moving!


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