The Robert Brooks Scholarship Fund Board of Governors are pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of it's annual bursary to support students who have excelled in both academics and squash. This year's two incredible students receiving bursaries are Marlow Benson and Neel Ismail.
Squash Ontario is thrilled to announce Slaight Music as the 2019 Corporate Achievement Award Recipient for their continued outstanding contributions to our sport. For the last decade, Slaight Music has been one of the great patrons of squash, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars to support events at the provincial, national and international level as well to junior development, grassroots programming and also lending valuable expertise in communications, marketing and fundraising.
Squash Ontario is looking for a part-time Program Coordinator to join the team of three full-time staff. The incumbent will primarily support the administration and facilitation of the Jesters University Squash League, including communicating with team coaches, tournament scheduling and facilitation, managing results and team standings, league web page maintenance, and other duties as required.
Squash Ontario is happy to announce a very special sanctioned tournament running August 16th & 17th at Mayfair Lakeshore in Toronto. It will be run as part of the 2019 Jamaica Summer Games which benefits the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation (HHJF). Many other sports will be participating in the Games alongside squash, including pickleball, tennis and beach volleyball. There will also be guest speakers and activities throughout the weekend at Ashbridges Bay, including a celebration with a DJ Saturday evening! See Jamaica Summer Games website for more details and schedule HERE.
As summer is now fully upon us and with preparations for the 2019-20 season are underway, the Squash Ontario Board and staff are taking a moment to reflect on the record breaking 2018-19 season. Huge gains were made in growing our sport with participation levels way up for the 5th year in a row, from grassroots to juniors to university to masters and doubles squash across the province.
Ottawa, ON, May 29, 2019 - The Canadian Sport Helpline is a new initiative to ensure that all Canadians participating in sport can do so in a safe and welcoming environment, regardless of the role they play. Safe sport is everyone’s responsibility, and the national toll-free helpline offers assistance to victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse, discrimination, and bullying.
The 2019 Pan American Junior Squash Championships are now underway at the Mayfair Lakeshore Racquet Club in Toronto, Ontario until Saturday June 22, 2019. This is the first time in history that Canada has the honour of hosting the prestigious event.
For the first time in history, Canada is hosting the prestigious Pan American Junior Squash Championships. Canada’s top juniors will battle it out on home soil against a field of 11 other Pan American countries from June 16-22, 2019 at the Mayfair Lakeshore Racquet Club in Toronto, Ontario.
One of the most successful junior cohorts in recent Squash Ontario history added another feather to their caps this past weekend as the Canadian Women’s Junior National Team will be made up off entirely Ontario athletes. Congratulations to Charlotte Orcutt and Brianna Jefferson who were selected to the team earlier in the month based on two seasons worth of results and Erica McGillicuddy and Molly Chadwick who clinched their spots at trials this past weekend at the Toronto Cricket Club.
Squash Ontario is now accepting applications for a Summer Programs Assistant to help both in the office and at various squash camps this summer! If you are a student looking for summer work, apply to this position!
2019 Jim Mason Cup High School tournament took place at Executive Squash and Fitness this weekend. Over 100 players from 12 different schools across Ontario participated! Congratulations to all players and teachers who brought intensity, passion and top notch style to the courts!
The 2018-19 Junior Silver series wrapped up this past weekend with the Mortgage Company of Canada Junior Silver Championships at Mayfair Lakeshore. The Silver events are an important step in the Squash Ontario Athlete Development Pathway, where athletes will graduate into the Gold and Provincial level events next season and gain exposure to international quality competition.
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.
The2019 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 NiagaraRegion 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.