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Wednesday
Aug202014

2014-2015 Season Just Around Corner

With another season just around the corner, the new Squash PEI executive has been working hard this summer to improve existing programs and implement new events to grow our wonderful sport. Please watch the website and your email inbox for updates and program schedules.

We will be saying goodbye and good luck to Squash PEI President, Emily Brown, who has accepted a position with 4H Canada in Ottawa. Emily has been an instrumental volunteer with Squash PEI on the executive for 3 years and in the community as a volunteer and advocate since the first day she picked up a racquet. Last season Emily lead Squash PEI to one of it's greatest achievements when the association won the "Sporting Organization of the Year" award through Sport PEI. It has been an honour (and a hoot!) working and playing with Emily, and we wish her all the best on the next part of her journey.

Stepping up to the plate to take over the position as President of Squash PEI is another long time volunteer and spokeswoman, Kelly MacWilliams. As Kelly previously held 2 positions within Squash PEI, we welcome 2 new faces to the committee to fill those roles: as Tournament Chair, Andrew Avery, and in the VP Female position, Valerie Hickox. Steve Bruce, Kady Brown and Ken Sampson will remain on the executive in their previous roles of VP Male, Secretary, and Treasurer respectively.

See you all on the courts!

 

Sunday
Jun012014

SQUASH PEI CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL YEAR

PEI’s squash community wrapped up the 2013/14 season by celebrating some of the organization’s most successful athletes and their achievements. On Saturday, players and families gathered for the annual “Squash Ball”.

The night started out acknowledging the continued dominance of 2014 Male Athlete of the Year, Mike Buchanan. Hailing from O’Leary, Buchanan can boast a perfect record this season, having won several titles region wide.

Quincy Beck, a grade 12 student at Colonel Gray, was recognized for her laundry list of successes in 2013/14 and received both the 2014 Female Athlete of the Year and the 2014 Junior Female Athlete of the Year. Beck’s achievements this year included becoming the first female athlete in 20 years to move into the elite Men’s A division. She has taken home many top titles in Canada and the USA, and was awarded a squash scholarship to Brown University in Rhode Island.

Connor Jinks was another junior player to work his way to the Men’s A division, where he was a fierce competitor all year. Jinks combined raw talent, with hard work and grit to become the top junior athlete in Atlantic Canada, earning him the 2014 Junior Male Athlete of the Year award.

Volunteers within the organization were also celebrated. Lester Jinks, long time Squash PEI player and advocate, has served several terms on the organization executive, coached players in both Charlottetown and Montague, and is always recruiting and mentoring and celebrating Island athletes and successes. From planning the regions premier junior squash camps, to billeting off Island players attending, Jinks’ contributions to the game are endless.

Also recognized on Saturday was John Power, with the Squash Canada Certificate of Recognition. Power’s romance with the sport of squash began in the mid ‘80s in Summerside. From there he has fingerprints all over squash in Canada. Power coached in Quebec, and Ontario, and was head coach of the varsity team at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. His son, Jonathan Power, is a former world #1, and he himself has several national titles in the masters division.

 

Other awards handed out on Saturday include:

Most Improved Player (Adult) – Floyd Jackson of North River

Most Imrpoved Player (Junior) – Nathan Phillips of

Heart and Soul Award (Adult) – Jeremy Stiles of Darnley

Heart and Soul Award (Junior) – Samantha Lawther of Francois-Buote

Steve Rogers Award – Steve Bruce of Cornwall

 

Tuesday
May202014

Montague Junior Tourney Fun

The Montague junior tournament concluded on 17th May at the Atlantic Fitness East courts. Congrats to all the participants: The winner was Liam Jinks who edged past Cody Fitzpatrick 14-12 in a close match. Third place went to Matthew Cheeseman and 4th to Will Johnston.

Thank you for attending. Don't forget to attend the squash ball this weekend.

Monday
May192014

Squash Ball and Squash Family Fued

Come celebrate the end of a super successful season with good fun, good eats, and great friends! Join us for the Squash Ball!
DATE:   Saturday, May 24
TIME:   7:00pm
WHERE:  Rodd Charlottetown (Kent St.)  (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION)
PRICE:  $20
*Presentation of annual Awards
**Variety of appetizers/finger foods 
***Cash bar
****Dance to follow the presentation of Awards
*****Some other fun and games, thrown in for good measure
RSVP to Kelly by Tuesday, May 20 at kgmacwilliams@eastlink.ca or 394-5089
As many of you will remember from the Squash Ball a couple years ago, we played a rousing game of Family Feud with the help of a survey of 'Squash PEI related' questions.  Well, since that was so much fun, we thought we'd do a few more rounds of Family Feud at this year's Squash Ball.  All I need from you right now are your answers to these survey questions: 
  • If there was a 'Squashaholics Anonymous', which PEI player would be the first to sign up? 
  • The day after a PEI Squash Social, which island player is most likely to show up nursing a terrible hangover? 
  • Not that you ever would, but if you had to pick out one thing about squash that you DON'T like, what would it be? 
  • Who is old enough to play in the Masters division, but hardly looks it? 
  • If Squash PEI had a fight team, who would be captain? 
  • If you could master ONE particular squash shot, what would it be?
  • How close to a big match do you eat a meal? 
  • How many points would Mike Buchanan need to give you before you could beat him in a game? 
  • Which Squash Mom has 'got it going on'? 
  • Who intimidates on the court just with their flashy attire? 

Email your responses to Steve Bruce at steve.bruce@cbc.ca!

Wednesday
Apr232014

Fit Stop Club Championship