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Nominations Now Open for 2013 Hall of Fame The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors is very pleased to announce that the 2013 Induction Ceremony will be held at the Badminton & Racquet Club, 25 St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto on Thursday, April 4, 2013. The very first induction ceremony was held at the B&R in 2005 – this will be like “coming home”. The induction ceremony will be a cocktail reception at the B&R from 6 – 8 pm. on April 4th. Ticket price is $60.00 including hst. To purchase your ticket, please contact Squash Ontario at 416-4267201. The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created by Squash Ontario to promote a greater awareness of the history of squash in Ontario by recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the game; and to preserve the heritage of the game. Every sport should have a home for its heroes - the individuals who over the years were responsible for the growth and development of the game. We guarantee our future when we honour our past. The permanent home of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame is White Oaks Resort and Conference Centre in Niagara on the Lake. The Hall is an historical walk through the history of squash - individuals who have built the game in Ontario (and in many cases, in Canada and in the world). Please check out the stars of squash…Gary Waite, Ian Stewart, Frank Baillie, Susan Swift, Don Leggat, Barney Lawrence, Heather Wallace, Gerry Shugar, Sharif Khan, Anne Smith, Jim Mason, Jonathon Power, Jack Fairs, Ernest Howard and Tony Swift. Check out their bios at………………………….. There are two categories for nomination – the first is a builder -Any Ontario resident who has made an extraordinary contribution to amateur or professional squash in Ontario other than as an athlete. Builder nominees may be either active or inactive at the time of their consideration. This would include coaches, officials, volunteers.


The second category is athlete - Any Ontario resident who has achieved extraordinary success as a competitor in amateur or professional squash. Athlete nominees shall not be considered until after a two (2) year waiting period following retirement from major open championship competition. Nominations are now open with a deadline of December 15th. The Board of Governors will announce the inductees for 2013 on January 15 th. Nominations must be submitted on the proper form. To access the form: If you have any questions, please contact Rob Brooks at 905-760-2220 or Sherry Funston, or 416-426-7202. 2012 – 2013 Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors Chair, Rob Brooks (past president Squash Ontario) (Toronto), Vincent Taylor (Ottawa), Penny Glover (Ottawa), Scott Dulmage (Toronto), Anne Smith (Kingston), Mark Sachvie (St. Catharines)

The Board of Governors of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame continues to work to enhance the environment of the Hall of Fame. It has just recently added a new display case, designed and donated by Bill Iannaci. The Hall also serves as a museum, protecting and preserving the heritage of the game of squash. Anyone with items which they feel should have a home in the Hall, please contact Sherry Funston at The Board is working to make the Hall more interactive, displaying squash-related artifacts and displays. It is the hope and goal of the Board of Governors to establish the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame as a link connecting all of the squash generations. The Hall has been set up as a tax receipting program and it very much needs financial support to continue its work. This would be a wonderful way for squash players to make use of end of the year tax donations


The New Year traditionally sees Ontario athletes travelling to compete in Canadian Championships and 2013 is no exception. Squash BC and the Victoria Squash Club will be welcoming athletes from the provinces and territories to compete in the Canadian Women’s Teams Championship, January 4 – 6. Representing Ontario, by virtue of their excellent finish in the 2012 Ontario Closed Championships, will be Seanna Keating, Stephanie Edmison and Micaala Seth.


Ontario will also be sending a very strong men’s team to compete in the Canadian Men’s Teams Championship in Montreal. Representing the province will be Dane Sharp, Adrian Dudzicki and Tyler Hamilton. Squash Quebec and Club Sportif MAA will be hosting this event. Not to be outdone, the Canadian Masters Teams Championship is also being hosted by Squash BC in Vancouver. Provinces and territories field a team of 7 athletes – 3 women in the 40+, 45+ and 50+ age categories and 4 men in the 40+, 45+, 50+, and 55+ age categories. Selected to represent Ontario based on their finish in the 2012 Ontario Masters Closed Championships are Jann Taylor, Julie Hisey, Elka Markus, Scott Kemp-Gee, David Sly, Chris Sadler and Mike Bertin. Regrettably, their schedules do not permit Jann or Julie from attending and as finalists, Lisa Coates and Susan Bettancourt are next in line. Please join with Squash Ontario in wishing all the teams the best of luck at these national championships. The Club at White Oaks will be hosting the 2012 Dunlop Canadian Junior Open from December 8 – 11. Athletes from around the world will be competing in this most prestigious event including over 100 Ontario athletes. The event has 280 entrants with 100 from Ontario The entries are over 280 with strong representation in all events. But the experienced team of Mark Sachvie, Cindy Sachvie and Matt Easingwood are ready and for anyone wanting to see the future of squash, plan on visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake next weekend. You’ll see that the game is in very good hands – very good hands indeed.

ONTARIO SINGLES CHAMPIONS The month of November is always a busy one with an Ontario Championship on every weekend. Please join us in congratulating the first Ontario Singles Champions of the 2012 – 2013 squash season… Ontario Closed Championships, Hosted by Mayfair Lakeshore Racquet Club, Toronto Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s

Open Champion, Stephanie Edmison A Champion, Nicole Garon B Champion, Sarah Hopton C Champion, Christine Sampson D Champion, Felicity Guest

Open Champion, Adrian Dudzicki A Champion, David Sly B Champion, Josh Ginou C Champion, Jackson Kay D Champion, Alfred Tu

Thanks also to sponsor, Black Knight, Mill Street Brewery, and GP8 Sportwater


Ontario Masters Closed Championships, Mayfair Parkway Racquet Club, Markham Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s

30- 39+ Champion, Nicole Garon 40+ Champion, Jann Taylor 45+ Champion, Julie Hisey 50+ Champion, Elka Markus 55+ Champion, Viola Hennessey Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s

30 – 39+ Champion, Bertrand Tissot 40+ Champion, Scott Kemp-Gee 45+ Champion, David Sly 50+ Champion, Chris Sadler 55+ Champion, Mike Bertin 60+ Champion, Mario Raponi 65+ Champion, Ken Benoit 70+ Champion, Vincent Taylor 75+ Champion, Gordon Robertson

Women's 50+ Champion, Elka Markus (right) and Barb Byrne

40+ Champion (left) Scott Kemp-Gee with Caleb Quinlan

Thanks to sponsor, Mayfair Parkway and Tony Pitoscia

BMO Nesbitt Burns Ontario Junior Closed Championships, Executive Fitness, Rob Brooks Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls

Under Under Under Under Under

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Champion, Champion, Champion, Champion, Champion,

Erica McGillicuddy Arden McKillop Mariam Mansoor Sophie Mehta Alyssa Mehta

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11 13 15 17 19

Champion, Champion, Champion, Champion, Champion,

Dylan Deverill Julien Gosset Husam Hamour Alexi Gosset Cole Osborne

Thanks also to the sponsors, John M. Shekhar, The Jesters Club, Ontario, Executive Squash & Fitness and Armour Valve.

Help Junior Squash with a Year End Tax Donation Junior squash in Ontario is an incubator for the future stars of the game. Through various means and philanthropies, a number of our elite juniors are receiving much-needed funding support to help them achieve. But we cannot lose sight of the grassroots – the programs which introduce children to the game; the programs which focus on healthy living and life-long activity – without the foundation, the top of the pyramid will topple. Please make a year end donation to the Junior Squash Fund, in memory of Lee Hanebury. You can donate at


IS FOR DOUBLES SEASONS’ FIRST DOUBLES CHAMPIONS! Ontario Men’s Open, A, B and C Doubles and Women’s Open, B and C Championships, Hosted by Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club – Tournament Chairs – Pat Richardson and Deb O’Neill.

The marriage of the Ontario Open Doubles with the Ontario B and Ontario Men’s C Doubles was an outstanding success in 2011. Building on that success, in 2012, we added a Men’s A event and a Women’s C event and the result was a huge celebration of the doubles game in Ontario. None of this would have happened had it not been for the efforts of Pat Richardson and his co-chair Deb O’Neill. They were ably assisted by Robin Clarke and Pat Ryding. The recipe for success has many ingredients and in squash this is “doubly” true. This event, because of its Champions All! new format, needed the right venue, the right tournament organizers with the exact amount of experience and of course, a healthy portion of doubles players. Thanks also to the terrific support from the sponsors – from Ridley Windows & Doors, The Finer Edge, Fogler, Rubinoff, Grant Thornton, CG&B Insurance, Ernst & Young, Ledonne Construction, KSK, Holland Bloorview and PBL Insurance. Ontario Ontario Ontario Ontario Ontario Ontario Ontario

Men’s Open Doubles Champions, Scott Dulmage and Richard Thomson Women’s Open Doubles Champions, Stephanie Hewitt and Marci Sier Men’s A Doubles Champions, Ryan Son Kee and Peter Ellis Men’s B Doubles Champions, John Boynton and Chris Boynton Women’s B Doubles Champions, Yvonne McGowan and Sheila Norman Men’s C Doubles Champions, Scott Loudan and Matt Bannan Women’s C Doubles Champions, Renka Gesing and Annabelle DeGouveia

2012 Ontario Mixed Doubles Championships Due to lack of entries, this event had to be postponed and Squash Ontario is working with its Doubles Consultants to find a new date. We will advise everyone as soon as we have confirmation.


UPCOMING ONTARIO AND CANADIAN DOUBLES TOURNAMENTS Ontario Men’s & Women’s Veterans Doubles Championships, Toronto Racquet Club, January 18 – 20, 2013 {to register:} Canadian Junior Doubles Championships, Granite Club, January 11 – 13, 2013 {to register:} Lee Hanebury Singles and Doubles, Pickering Squash Club, February 1 – 3, 2013 {to register:} Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, March 1 – 3, 2013 {to register:}


Friday November 23rd marked the Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening of the Barney Lawrence Doubles Squash Court at the Northfield Racquet & Fitness Club in Waterloo. Over three hundred people packed into the new facility for a ceremony to officially name the court after Barney. Barney’s wife Pat and son Chuck were on hand to open the court and share a few stories. Barney was the first member of the Northfield Club when it opened 35 years ago. Brad Jones and Ryan Bell of Northfield Club took on Caleb Quinlan and Rob Doherty of London Squash Racquets Club in a friendly exhibition match.


To meet the growing popularity of doubles squash, the Richmond Hill Squash Club recently broke ground on the first doubles squash court in the area. The expansion will increase the size of the club, adding to the four singles courts at its site on Ohio Road.


Every 4 years the World Squash Federation may approve changes to the Singles and Doubles Rules of Squash. As a lead into any possible changes for the Doubles Rules, a sub Committee comprising representatives from Canada and the US meet to review the Rules, Interpretations and Definitions to determine if any changes are necessary to improve our game of doubles, and if so what. These changes are then approved by both Squash Canada and U.S. Squash prior to being submitted to the WSF. The next round of discussions is now under way with a view to presenting any changes to the WSF at their AGM in 2013. The new rules would then come into effect on January 1st, 2014.


One possible change to our current scoring system could be the elimination of setting the score at 13-13 and at 14 all, so that all games are the first to reach 15 points. This system of scoring has already been used successfully by the Professional players in their tournaments, mainly with a view to shortening matches. At lower levels of play, there is a feeling that this scoring system to 15 produces more excitement at the end of each game! The Ontario Doubles League has introduced this scoring system as an experiment throughout their 5 divisions over the current season. Also the Can Am Cup is using this scoring. Alberta has agreed to try it in their new inter-city doubles league. It is hoped that the feedback received from leagues and players on the scoring experiment will help to provide a guide to the sub Committee on whether to change the current scoring system or not. Any feedback from the leagues and individual players would be very much appreciated, and your comments can be emailed to Tony Swift ( before December 31st.

Can Am Cup Canada sweeps the US! Canada won the triple crown of doubles on October 26-28th in Buffalo, New York. The Can Am Cup

is a bi-annual event featuring the top two men and women right and left wall players from both Canada and the US and is commonly referred to as the "Ryder Cup" of doubles. The competition consisted of three rounds of play, two in each specific age category worth points from 1 to 1.5 per match and a lightning round with the teams randomly selected to play only one game to 21, worth .5 point for the winning team. The nine men's age groups vie for the Bernheimer/Bell Trophy (Open to age 75+) and the five women's age categories compete for the Gillen/Pierce Trophy (Open to 55+). The US has dominated this championship since its inception winning the 2008 Men's, the 2008 and 2010 Women's and the prestigious over-all team event, the CAN-AM CUP in both 2008 and 2010. Until this year, the US had only ever experienced one loss - the Men's event in Toronto. Team Canada

Graeme Duff captained the 56 member Canadian team together with vice captains Caro Sambrook, Tessa Breukels, Taylor Fawcett, Chris Wheeler and doubles guru Pat Richardson. The team captains worked diligently throughout the season scouting players from across the country and motivating athletes to believe. The women team demonstrated a gutsy and inspired performance on Saturday winning 7 of their 10 matches. By defeating their strong and seasoned rivals, Canada won its first Gillen/Pierce Trophy avenging the losses of 2008 and 2010. The Canadian men, defending the Bernheimer/Bell Trophy, staged a miraculous comeback on Sunday by winning 13 of the final 16 matches to tie the US and thereby retain the trophy. The "hat trick� was completed by Canada, winning the coveted Can Am Cup for the first time.


Congratulations Team Canada on an outstanding performance over a formidable US team. Many thanks to the US, their exceptionally gracious host and captain Mike McGorry and to his team of Lee Belknap, Len Bernheimer, Molly Pierce and Honorary Captain Gil Mateer.




In 2011, Squash Ontario created a new competition specifically for masters athletes – the Ontario Masters Regional Teams Championship. The first event was held at Cedar Springs in Burlington and saw 6 teams compete for the inaugural gold medal. Feedback from the athletes was extremely positive – they loved the concept of region versus region and particularly enjoyed the format. The Squash Ontario Masters Committee met in June and decided it would tweak the format somewhat, eliminating the “open” division and adding a women’s 55+ and a men’s 60+. Teams will now be comprised of Men: 30-39, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+: Women 30-39, 40+, 45+ 50+, 55+. The 2013 event is being hosted by The Club at White Oaks on the weekend of February 22 – 24. Teams are representative of their regions – a lot of pride on the line here! And each region may register 2 teams. The members of Squash Ontario amended the regional boundaries at the June annual meeting to expand the pool of athletes for several regions. Following are the regional boundaries and you represent the region IN WHICH YOU LIVE as opposed to the region in which your squash club may be located. Each of the regions has a designated “head master” who has agreed to help organize the team(s). If one has not been designated for your region, please contact either Tony Pitoscia, Chair of the Squash Ontario Masters Committee at or Sherry Funston, Executive Director at WHERE DO YOU FIT?


Counties of Algoma, Sudbury, Manitoulin, Temiskaming, Parry Sound, Nippissing, Cochrane, Simcoe, Grey, Haliburton Bryan Clarke -


Counties of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay District Bob Shine -


Counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, Prince Edward,


Hastings, Frontenac, Lennox, Addington, Leeds and Grenville, Victoria and Durham Lisa Coates - Western:

Counties of Norfolk, Oxford, Waterloo, Brant, Wentworth, Halton and Wellington Leah DesBarres -


Counties of Essex, Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Huron, Perth, and Bruce Gary Delavigne -

York North:

Counties of York and Dufferin Tony Pitoscia -


City of Toronto, County of Peel Sherry Funston –


Counties of Renfrew, Lanark, Carleton, Dundas, Russell, Stormont, Prescott, Glengarry Barb Byrne -


Counties of Haldimand, Welland, Lincoln Maggie Steyn -

Upcoming Ontario Championships Ontario Men’s & Women’s Veterans Doubles Championships, Toronto Racquet Club, January 18 – 20, 2013 Ontario Men’s & Women’s Open Championships, National Squash Academy, February 8 – 10, 2012

Upcoming Sanctioned Club Events {December – January} Peterborough Goodlife Classic, December 7 - 8 – to register: Harrow Silver Circuit Event – Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club – December 15th – to register: Niagara Region Open – The Club at White Oaks – January 11 – 13 – to register: T&D Open – Mayfair Lakeshore – January 18 – 20 – to register:


Upcoming Coaching Clinics COACHING FOUNDATIONS London Squash RC, London January 18-20, 2013 COACHING FOUNDATIONS Ottawa Athletic Club, Ottawa February 8-10, 2013 To register for these clinics: Call Geoffrey Johnson at 416-426-7203 or email

The Board of Directors ofOnOn Squash Ontario and staff wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy Holiday Season


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