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.
The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors is pleased to announce the newest members of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame: Clive Caldwell, Peter Frost, and Vincent Taylor.
The 2019 Hennessy & Hinchcliffe Ontario Mixed Doubles Championships has kicked off the year with record setting participation and outstanding leadership thanks to Tournament Organizers Pat Richardson and Robin Clarke, Tournament Referee Mark Warren, and the team of volunteer referees and event organizers.
The final installment of 2018’s Black Knight Player of the Month award recognizes 4 superb athletes and their performances to finish the year. Congratulations to Sam Cornett, Jamie Nicholls, Erica McGillicuddy and Darosham Khan for leading the pack of dozens of impressive Ontario players.
OTTAWA, ON, January 14, 2019 – Team Ontario has won the 2019 Canadian Masters Team Championship in a come from behind match winning 4-3 over Team Alberta. The tension filled final hosted by Squash Outaouais (Sporthèque) in Gatineau, Quebec capped an eventful weekend of high-level squash and comradery amongst the 63 competitors from the nine teams from across Canada.
The Granite Club, under the guidance of Jessica DiMauro and her Granite Club team (the home of the Junior Doubles Championships) hosted the 11th annual Junior Doubles Championships on January 11-13, challenging junior players to take on doubles competition. This event was originally a National Championship, but with Ontario players dominating the event, it has now been facilitated as a Provincial Championship for three years.
The 2018 junior season finished with a bang as 60 juniors, 12 coaches, one bus and dozens of parents and fans descended on Andover, Mass. to take part in the largest junior tournament in the world.
Squash Ontario needs your support! We are over 85% of the way to our goal of raising $200,000.00 by December 31st, 2018, thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners and individual donors. Now, we are looking for any and all passionate supporters of our game to contribute in order to continue the important momentum that the Squash Ontario community currently has.
Squash Ontario is pleased to announce the addition of new apparel to our online store. Our online store carries the latest in squash apparel and accessories from Harrow for men, women and youth, as well as links to additional member benefits offered by our corporate partners.
Long overdue, the Canadian Independent Schools Girls Squash League was launched this past Wednesday, kicking off the Squash Ontario school squash season. With special thanks to Sasha Vojnov at Trinity College School as well as historic programs at Ridley and Appleby, Squash Ontario partnered with the CIS to host the first ever all-girls invitational event at the Toronto Cricket Club.
Squash Ontario is pleased to welcome McWIL Canada to the Provincial squash family as the Official Court Contractor, and to make the experience and expertise of McWIL accessible to Squash Ontario member clubs.
Year after year, the dynamic duo of the Executive Squash & Fitness team, led by Rob Brooks, and tournament sponsor BMO Nesbitt Burns, represented by John Sekhar, put on a seamless Ontario Junior Closed which is the first junior championship event of the squash year.
On behalf of tournament chair Diane Naughton, title sponsor Geotab (Neil Cawse),Cedar Springs, and tournament referee Tom Nederpal, we are thrilled to announce our brand new provincial doubles champions from the 2018 Geotab Ontario Doubles Championships.
The 2018-19 is well underway with increased participation and a high level of play across the province. With thanks to Official Rankings Sponsor Black Knight, Squash Ontario would like to take this opportunity to recognize the best performances in September/October to star the season. Congratulations to Nicole Garon (Brantford Movati), Walter Bentley (ORC), Amal Izhar (ORC) and Josh Kay (Badminton and Racquet Club) for being the 2018-19’s first recipients of the Black Knight Player of the Month award.
Has squash impacted you and/or your friends and families lives positively? Is it more than just the sport to you, but also a truly amazing community of athletes, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers? We at Squash Ontario checked both boxes and more as we are excited to launch our 2018-19 fundraising campaign that will help to continue to grow our sport and develop Ontario athletes.
The Ontario Closed Championships is one of Squash Ontario’s largest provincial championship events of the year and this weekend was no different. Congratulations to all champions, finalists, and third place finishers for their hard fought matches this weekend!
Squash Ontario is pleased to introduce Endeavour Sports Performance and Rehabilitation as the Official Therapy Providers for Squash Ontario, as well as our brand new member benefit! Endeavour Rehab is one of Toronto’s leading sports medicine and rehab clinics. With their team of elite physiotherapists, personal trainers and massage therapists, Endeavour is equipped to provide a high quality of care to its patients, especially those looking to recover from a sports injury.
The Queen’s Athletic Recreation Center and the Kingston-Garrison Squash Club were filled with energy as 22 university teams from across Ontario and Quebec competed in the first crossover event of the 2018 – 2019 Jesters University League season. The event is the first of the season for teams to see how they stack up against others outside of their own geographic divisions.
Eight of the top junior programs descended on Mayfair Lakeshore last weekend to see who is the club to beat in the inaugural Roundtable Capital Cup U15 Team Club Champs. The event was the brainchild of long time Squash Ontario supporter Peter McCarthy and his team at Roundtable Capital in order to build teamwork and camaraderie in a fun intercollegiate style format.
Squash Ontario is pleased to announce a new Gold Corporate Partnership with the prestigious The Hazelton Hotel of Toronto that will include a generous contribution towards supporting Junior Squash in the province.
The Ontario Masters Championships kicked off a championship event lineup for the 2018/19 squash season over the weekend at Mayfair Parkway. Brand new Ontario Tournament Organizer Cole Osborne (Mayfair Parkway Head Squash Professional) welcomed over 100 masters athletes with thanks to tournament sponsors Bruce Marrison with Performance Finishing Solutions and Scott Benson.
Fans of university squash can rejoice as the season is officially underway!
We were proud to welcome the world to the Toronto Athletic Club at the beginning of October, as we hosted the World Deaf Squash Championships. Hosted every 2 years, this year’s event was the 9th World Championship, and it marked the first time the Championships were hosted in Canada.
The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors are pleased to announce that the 2019 Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 4th at the Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.
Our province has one of the BEST Masters communities in the world and we need to show it! For those that have been procrastinating, sitting on the fence or waiting for that niggly injury to heal, this is a sign that you need to sign up for this event as the deadline has been extended to Sunday October 21st at 11:59pm!