Saturday evening was a very special day for our Ontario junior squash community as we came together as family to recognize the amazing group of young athletes in our province. This is a quick wrap-up of the evening including thank yous, pictures and award winners.
The Granite Club welcomed 150 guests at the April 4th Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, where three new Hall of Fame members inducted as the Class of 2019: Clive Caldwell, Peter Frost, and Vincent Taylor. Clive, Peter and Vincent with now join the 25 current members of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame who have been inducted since the Hall’s 2005 inauguration.
Rea Godbold of the Toronto Racquet Club, Sydney Maxwell of the Cricket Club/Queen’s University and Ontario’s double gold medal winning Canada Winter Games Junior Team highlight the many incredible Ontario performances in January and February 2019. Please join Black Knight and Squash Ontario in congratulating them on representing their province and achieving excellence.
The 2019 McWil Ontario Open Championships took place March 22-24 at the brand new Ten X Toronto facility featuring the largest number of players in recent history, which included a Professional Squash Association ranking for the Men’s and Women’s Open events. A special thanks to Title Sponsor McWil Canada (David Carr), Presenting Sponsor IPS Insurance (Simon Kay), Tournament Referee Dave Howard and the referee team, the beautiful Ten X Toronto facility and Calendon Hills Brewing Company for keeping us hydrated!
Squash Ontario is pleased to announce the long-awaited integration with new data management provider Club Locker. Squash Ontario joins the World Squash Federation, Squash Canada, US Squash and England Squash amongst others on the world’s most complete platform that will transform player engagement, tournament experience and club management.
Please read below for a press release written by Squash Canada, in celebration of International Women’s Day. This press release comes at a time when sport organizations across the country have been encouraged to develop policies and practices that result in gender equity, increasing female participation in all areas of sport thanks to federal budget funding. At the provincial level, Squash Ontario has designated two female leaders (Liz McBeth from the Toronto & District Women’s Squash Association and Leah Desbarres from the Headwaters Racquet Club) to receive training on female sport participation, while the organization has gone through an audit and a subsequent consultation, identifying gaps in gender participation. We are excited to get to work on gender equity targets in the next few months!
Every year two championship events take place where each of the 8 Squash Ontario defined regions of Ontario compete in a team format at both junior and masters age divisions. The Toronto & District, Niagara and Western regions steal podium finishes with Toronto & District North winning gold, Western region winning silver and Toronto & District West winning bronze one the junior side. For the Masters, it was Niagara Region winning gold, Toronto & District winning silver, and Western Region taking home the bronze.
Coaches Allan Cook and Tara Mullins traveled with boys team made up of Liam Marrison, Neel and Nikhil Ismail and Dylan Deverill, and the girls team of Charlotte Orcutt, Brianna Jefferson, Molly Chadwick and Salma Mounir. Ontario reigns over the country with double gold medals in the boys and girls team events, a gold in the boys individuals (Liam Marrison), two silvers (Charlotte Orcutt and Neel Ismail), and one bronze (Brianna Jefferson).
Canadian squash teams from every province and territory are getting ready to join thousands of athletes in Red Deer, Alberta, for the Canada Winter Games. The squash portion of the multi-sport event kicks off this Sunday with individual and team matches taking place over the course of a week. The Canada Winter Games happens every 4 years and is the opportunity of a lifetime for these athletes to represent their province amongst 18 other sports.
The 2019 Canadian Men’s Team Championship was hosted by Club Sportif MAA in Montreal where powerhouse Team Ontario captured the title in dominating fashion over Team Quebec #1 ending their hopes for a three-peat. Meanwhile, Team Alberta used home field advantage to stun heavy favourites Team Ontario to win the 2019 Canadian Women’s Team Championship hosted by the Edmonton Squash Club.
On a cold, snowy day in late January there was no better place to be then sitting by the fireplace and sipping a drink at the oldest, coziest squash club in Canada. This was the majority of the city at the 2019 Ontario Men’s Veterans Doubles Championships hosted by Blair Finlayson, Robert Dube and the incomparable Toronto Racquet Club team. Thanks to sponsors The Weir Team (Cam Weir), TGG (Peter Sidgwick), Platinum Art (Chris Knight) and Slaight Music (Gary Slaight) this tournament delivered amazing value and a very fun weekend.
The Queen’s Gaels women were successfully able to defend their title holding off Western for their fifth straight championship. The Western men continued their dominance in OUA squash as well on Sunday at White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara on the Lake, winning their 36th straight OUA championship.
Under the Hennessy & Hinchcliffe and Slaight Music banner, a successful Ontario Women’s Veterans Doubles Championship took place at the Mayfair Lakeshore under the guidance of Tournament Organizer Lolly Gillen, with help from Diane Naughton. The wine and cheese was flowing all weekend in the court lounge thanks to Mayfair staff and Leslie Freeman and Cathy Tuckwell played dual Tournament Referee and Competitor roles.
The university squash scene continues to expand across the province with each season and the level of squash on display is increasingly exceptional. The 2018-2019 season welcomed numerous new teams into the league and this past weekend was a brilliant event to culminate the season for the Division 2 Teams and Emerging Teams from the Jesters University League.
Attention squash fans! The week you've been waiting for is nearly upon us with the return of the 2019 edition of the Troilus Canada Cup Squash! The CCS will take place at the Cambridge Club March 3rd-7th in Toronto and various GTA clubs. The event boasts a spectacular line-up including 8 of the top-20 players in the world.
Mayfair Lakeshore in Toronto was at full capacity last weekend while hosting the massive Jesters University Squash Crossover #2. The event took place over two days and hosted over 150 athletes with 21 teams from 11 different Canadian universities.
The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors is pleased to announce the newest members of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame: Clive Caldwell, Peter Frost, and Vincent Taylor.
The 2019 Hennessy & Hinchcliffe Ontario Mixed Doubles Championships has kicked off the year with record setting participation and outstanding leadership thanks to Tournament Organizers Pat Richardson and Robin Clarke, Tournament Referee Mark Warren, and the team of volunteer referees and event organizers.
The final installment of 2018’s Black Knight Player of the Month award recognizes 4 superb athletes and their performances to finish the year. Congratulations to Sam Cornett, Jamie Nicholls, Erica McGillicuddy and Darosham Khan for leading the pack of dozens of impressive Ontario players.
OTTAWA, ON, January 14, 2019 – Team Ontario has won the 2019 Canadian Masters Team Championship in a come from behind match winning 4-3 over Team Alberta. The tension filled final hosted by Squash Outaouais (Sporthèque) in Gatineau, Quebec capped an eventful weekend of high-level squash and comradery amongst the 63 competitors from the nine teams from across Canada.
The Granite Club, under the guidance of Jessica DiMauro and her Granite Club team (the home of the Junior Doubles Championships) hosted the 11th annual Junior Doubles Championships on January 11-13, challenging junior players to take on doubles competition. This event was originally a National Championship, but with Ontario players dominating the event, it has now been facilitated as a Provincial Championship for three years.
The 2018 junior season finished with a bang as 60 juniors, 12 coaches, one bus and dozens of parents and fans descended on Andover, Mass. to take part in the largest junior tournament in the world.
Squash Ontario needs your support! We are over 85% of the way to our goal of raising $200,000.00 by December 31st, 2018, thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners and individual donors. Now, we are looking for any and all passionate supporters of our game to contribute in order to continue the important momentum that the Squash Ontario community currently has.
Squash Ontario is pleased to announce the addition of new apparel to our online store. Our online store carries the latest in squash apparel and accessories from Harrow for men, women and youth, as well as links to additional member benefits offered by our corporate partners.
Long overdue, the Canadian Independent Schools Girls Squash League was launched this past Wednesday, kicking off the Squash Ontario school squash season. With special thanks to Sasha Vojnov at Trinity College School as well as historic programs at Ridley and Appleby, Squash Ontario partnered with the CIS to host the first ever all-girls invitational event at the Toronto Cricket Club.
Squash Ontario is pleased to welcome McWIL Canada to the Provincial squash family as the Official Court Contractor, and to make the experience and expertise of McWIL accessible to Squash Ontario member clubs.
Year after year, the dynamic duo of the Executive Squash & Fitness team, led by Rob Brooks, and tournament sponsor BMO Nesbitt Burns, represented by John Sekhar, put on a seamless Ontario Junior Closed which is the first junior championship event of the squash year.
On behalf of tournament chair Diane Naughton, title sponsor Geotab (Neil Cawse),Cedar Springs, and tournament referee Tom Nederpal, we are thrilled to announce our brand new provincial doubles champions from the 2018 Geotab Ontario Doubles Championships.
The 2018-19 is well underway with increased participation and a high level of play across the province. With thanks to Official Rankings Sponsor Black Knight, Squash Ontario would like to take this opportunity to recognize the best performances in September/October to star the season. Congratulations to Nicole Garon (Brantford Movati), Walter Bentley (ORC), Amal Izhar (ORC) and Josh Kay (Badminton and Racquet Club) for being the 2018-19’s first recipients of the Black Knight Player of the Month award.
Has squash impacted you and/or your friends and families lives positively? Is it more than just the sport to you, but also a truly amazing community of athletes, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers? We at Squash Ontario checked both boxes and more as we are excited to launch our 2018-19 fundraising campaign that will help to continue to grow our sport and develop Ontario athletes.