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.