January and February was an extremely busy stretch in the province and witnessed many impressive results across all ages and levels. On behalf of Black Knight, Squash Ontario is pleased to award Samantha Cornett, Bruce Marrison, Keira Hickox and George Crowne as this period's Players of the Month.
With the wrap up of the Jesters University League Finals this past weekend, University of Toronto student Evelyn Moorhouse was named athlete of the week! Fourth-year veteran Evelyn Moorhouse led the Varsity Blues women's squash team to a silver-medal finish at the Jesters Championships.
University Squash in Ontario continues to be one of the fastest growing demographics with a record 21 teams taking part in the 2016-17 Jesters University League season.The finals were held on March 18th at the University of Toronto and the RCYC.
Pickering Recreation Centre's homegrown Chris Hanebury has relocated to the West Coast, but his Serious Squash brand is making it's way back to Ontario. Branded gear, blog articles, and videos, find a much of Chris' shared knowledge at www.serioussquash.com.
At the US Men’s & Women’s Masters Championships, which like Canada, runs in conjunction with the Closed National Champs, in all, about 11 Canadians and some partners visited the lavish and historic Philadelphia Cricket Club; we stayed out of trouble on Saturday night, and held good representation and respectable placings in Sunday’s finals.
Team Western (1 seed) takes first place at the 2017 Ontario Regional Junior Team Championships at Cedar Springs on March 10-12! Niagara Region (3/4) takes second place, followed my Toronto/Mississauga #1 (3/4) in 3rd place.
The 2016/2017 Women's Toronto & District Doubles Finals took place at Mayfair Lakeshore on March 8th. Here are some photos of the teams and their last night of play! For more information about the Women's T&D Doubles League, visit their website at http://www.tdwdl.com/.
University Squash in Ontario continues to be one of the fastest growing demographics with a record 21 teams taking part in the 2016-17 Jesters University League season, including debuts from Ottawa University, Guelph and Laurier Women’s teams and Glendon College.
Congratulations to Team Niagara 1 for their team victory at the Ontario Regional Masters Team Championships this past weekend at The Club at White Oaks. Team Ottawa came a close second with Team Central in 3rd place.
Squash Ontario, in conjunction with the TDWSA and the Ajax Community Center are thrilled to announce a Durham Women's Squash Open House. The event will take place Saturday March 4th at the Ajax Community Center from 1:00pm - 4:00pm and will include an instructional clinic for beginners and/or those coming out of retirement, an organized fun round robin, and an exhibition match featuring top Canadian females.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the one-day regional high school squash events, bringing us one step closer to securing squash as a recognized OFSAA sport. Throughout March and April, events will be held in Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Kingston, acting as a warm up and prelude to the Provincial High School event on April 28-29 - The Jim Mas Cup. All High Schools in these regions are invited to participate in these full or half day events with instruction for beginner level players and plenty of game play against neighbouring schools. Schools are required to have a minimum 4 players on their team to participate.
The 2017Racquet Guys Ontario Open Championships took place February 10-12 at Mayfair Parkway featuring some of the deepest and most talented draws in the Open categories we have seen in years as well as our first official Men's 75 plus draw in some time. In addition, the Men's 70+, 65+, 55+, 50+ and 35+ were stacked with Ontario's finest players with compliment Men's & Women's A and C draws.
We are thrilled to release the draws for this weekend’s 2017Racquet Guys Ontario Open Championships. The event will feature some of the deepest and most talented draws in the Open categories we have seen in years as well as our first official Men's 75 plus draw in some time. In addition, the Men's 70+, 65+, 55+, 50+ and 35+ are absolutely stacked with Ontario's finest players ever to play the game.
February 3-5, 2017, saw the city of Toronto being taken over by doubles players as the Men's and Women's Veterans Championships took place at the Toronto Racquet Club and the Badminton and Racquet Club for the men's draws and Mayfair Lakeshore for the women's. This year 32 teams of men and 14 teams of women played for the Veterans titles.
The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors, Anne Smith (chair), Robert Brooks, Sherry Funston, Penny Glover, Peter Hall and Tony Swift, announced the newest members of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame.
Squash Pro Patrick Hartunian kicks off his move to Life Time Athletic Mississauga with the Life Time Challenger event. Congratulations to Aman Singh (Men's A/B Champion), Sean Oh (Men's A/B Finalist), Bruce Seo (Men's C/D Champion) and Sumit Taneja (Men's C/D Finalist).
The Jesters of Ontario continue to be a driving force for junior squash in our province and are pleased to launch a special bursary in 2017 geared towards the pursuit of excellence for Ontario junior athletes. The bursary is designed to reward juniors that have put in extra-ordinary effort in the first half of the 2016-17 season and provide them with additional resources in early 2017 to help them pursue excellence at the 2017 Canadian Junior Squash Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia.
With the dead of winter now upon us there is no better way to keep fit, have fun and beat the cold by getting together with friends and fellow competitors at some of the province's very best and long standing sanctioned events. During January and February, first class tournaments for all ages and levels will keep your body active, your game sharp and make you forget all about the winter blahs.
Squash Ontario is pleased to announce a draft list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2016-2017 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by Squash Ontario,approved by its Board of Directors and applied by (the) Selection Committee.
McMaster University hosted the second and final western sectional tournament of the year, which will lead into the Jesters University League Final in February. The men's teams consisted of Western, McMaster, Guelph, Waterloo, Laurier and Ryerson while the women's teams included McMaster, Waterloo, Western and the debuting teams of Laurier and Guelph!
On the heels of the always successful Reggae Cup, tournament organizers Matt Easingwood and Cindy Sachvie hosted back to back tournaments with the return of the Jesters Harrow Grand Prix series. White Oaks played host to the Jesters Harrow Grand Prix #7 on Saturday, January 14th.
The brilliant sunrise in Edmonton last Sunday morning was a fitting backdrop to the golden performance from Ontario's masters team. The 7 member squad of 4 men and 3 women lived up to its number one seeding, roaring through the preliminary rounds of the Canadian Team Championships in convincing fashion before beating Alberta 4-3 in a thrilling gold medal finale.
Originally a Canadian event, the Ontario Junior Doubles Championships has changed over as a new provincial championship event in the hands of Jessica DiMauro at the Granite Club. This year the event took in 84 juniors, tying with the largest Canadian Junior Doubles event ever! Special thanks to the Ontario Doubles Squash League, Harrow, and the Cambridge Club for supporting the event and helping grow the doubles game!
Squash Ontario, in partnership with Black Knight, is proud to announce the second installment of the 2016-17 season's player of the month award. With an incredible amount of activity to close out 2016, there were many extraordinary performances to choose from. Please join us in congratulating the November/December 2016 BK Players of the Month's James Flynn, Erica McGillicuddy, Lisa Bogdan, and Nick Sachvie.
The event we all look forward to is back with the 8th Annual Cambridge Cup returning to the Toronto in just a few weeks, featuring the best squash players on the planet. Over the last decade, the Cambridge Cup has established itself as THE premier event on the Canadian squash calendar.