high
performance

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.  8 divisions will compete in the Ontario Winter Games:

  • Boys Under 19
  • Girls Under 19
  • Boys Under 17
  • Girls Under 17
  • Boys Under 15
  • Girls Under 15
  • Boys Under 13
  • Girls Under 13

For many athletes, being part of the Games has been a springboard to Ontario and National Teams.

8 regions compete in squash:

  • Greater Toronto Area East
  • Greater Toronto Area West
  • Greater Toronto Area North
  • Northern/Muskoka
  • Ottawa and District
  • Western Ontario
  • Southwestern Ontario
  • Niagara Region

Greater Toronto Area teams will be chosen based on Squash Ontario Junior Rankings as of January 1st, the year of the OWG. All other regional teams will host try-outs to compete for a spot on the team. Please see the Squash Ontario calendar for January try-out dates.

 
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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. 

Selection Criteria

  • Top 2 ranked Boys and Girls in the U19 and U17 categories as of December 1st, 2018 whom are still in those age categories by March 4th, 2019.
  • Must participate in the 2018 Gold # 1; 2018 Gold # 2 and the 2018 Ontario Junior Closed Championships.
  • If an athlete is attending a post-secondary institution as a full-time student in the Fall of 2018, they may request an exemption of participating in Gold #1 and Gold #2 but must participate in the 2018 Ontario Junior Closed.
  • The Squash Ontario High Performance committee reserves the right to request a trial if rankings are considered insufficient in delta and there are insufficient head to head results.
  • In the case of injury or illness for not attending a required selection event, a medical certificate will be required. Squash Ontario must be notified of the injury immediately. The medical certificate must include, but not be limited to, the date of injury, diagnosis, treatment plan, and expected date to return to training/competition.
 
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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.