Squash Ontario has a long tradition as a leader in high performance squash worldwide. Starting from Under 9 juniors all the way up to 75 plus senior athletes, Ontario has produced and developed international caliber players, including several world champions. We are committed to continuing this winning tradition through our Team Ontario initiatives including Team Ontario Senior and Masters programs, Quest for Gold, Canada Winter Games, and the provincial championships circuit.
ONTARIO WINTER GAMES
The Ontario Games Program includes 5 multi-sport Games that provide athletes of all ages, from all regions of Ontario the chance to compete against their fellow provincial athletes. The Ontario Games Program gives participants, communities, volunteers and everyone a chance to celebrate sport in Ontario.
Squash Ontario has been a part of the Games since 1981 and they are a key component of our junior athlete model and long term athlete development plan. All 9 regions of Squash Ontario select and train 8 young athletes, boys and girls, under 19, under 17, under 15 and under 13 to compete in the Games. For many athletes, being part of the Games has been a springboard to Ontario and National Teams.
8 regions compete in squash including Northwestern Ontario, Northern/Muskoka, Ottawa and District, Central Ontario, Western Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Niagara Region, Toronto/Mississauga.
canada winter games
The Canada Games is a high-level multi-sport event with a National Artists Program held every two years in Canada, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games. Athletes are strictly amateur only, and represent their province or territory.
The Games were first held in 1967 in Quebec City as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. For the first time in Canada's history, 1,800 athletes from 10 provinces and two territories gathered to compete in 15 sports. Under the Games motto "Unity through Sport", these first Canada Winter Games paved the way to what is now Canada's largest multi-sport competition for young athletes.
Squash was included as a winter sport in 1991 and since then Ontario has had a strong tradition of success with 8 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze medal over 7 Games for men and women combined. The next squash competition will be held in Red Deer, AB, in 2019.
quest for gold
The Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program is a program designed to help fund Ontario's top high performance athletes in their given sport to achieve high performance success on an international level. It is geared towards Ontario athletes whose goals achieve a place on the Canadian National Teams.