Squash Canada receives $312,000 in funding from the Community Sport for All Initiative

“Squash Canada is thrilled to receive confirmation of a new $312,000 contribution from Sport Canada and the Honourable Pascale St-Onge as part of the new Community Sport for All Initiative funding,” said Sandra Thompson, President of Squash Canada. “Squash is a sport for life, and has numerous social, physical, and psychological benefits that enhances the life of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Squash Canada is committed to strengthen our sport culture to be more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible (as outlined in our IDEA Strategic Plan) and with this funding, squash will have an opportunity to reach more under-represented groups to participate in our sport.”

Squash Canada will distribute the funding through two identified projects:

-IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Encouragement Fund, which will include the creation of application guidelines, program templates, and report forms with the goal to distribute over 100 grants to eligible community organizations for targeted programming.

-Urban Squash Centres, which will include two aspects: (1) research and development of a community programming pilot handbook to provide organizations with information on job descriptions, program curriculum, policies, and procedures and more; and (2) disburse funding to three to five target communities to establish new Urban Squash Centres (similar to the Urban Squash Toronto concept) to acquire equipment, hire local employees, and deliver programming.

Squash Canada will provide more information soon on how community organizations can apply to be part of this initiative to make squash more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible.

Squash Canada welcomes Emily Hall as new Programs and Communications Coordinator

Squash Canada is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Hall to the position of Programs and Communications Coordinator effective Monday August 29, 2022.

“We are very pleased to welcome Emily to the Squash Canada team”, said Director of Sport Development Geoffrey Johnson. “She brings relevant experience at the national sport level to help bolster our capacity as we continue to deliver on a very ambitious strategic plan to grow the sport of squash.”

Emily Hall – Programs and Communications Coordinator

Emily comes to Squash Canada with a vast amount of experience working with national sport organizations and professional teams in areas of operations, community outreach and membership, communications, and more. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Sport History and Culture from De Montfort University (England), a Graduate Certificate in Sport Business Management from Algonquin College, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History at the University of Guelph. Her love for sport began at a young age while playing soccer in her community and has grown into a deep appreciation for the cultural and developmental importance of sport to society.

“I am beyond thrilled to be starting this next chapter in my career with Squash Canada as their Programs and Communications Coordinator”, said Hall. “I look forward to applying my unique line of education, vast experiences, and new perspectives to the role – very excited to grow with Squash Canada!”

As Programs and Communications Coordinator, Emily will be responsible for providing coordination and administrative support to a cross section of Squash Canada’s inclusivity, diversity, equity, safe sport, sport and membership development programs, events, and communications.

Emily can be reached at programs@squash.ca

-Squash Canada (https://squash.ca/2022/08/squash-canada-welcomes-emily-hall-as-new-programs-and-communications-coordinator/)

Updated HSL Registration is open for the 2022-23 season – Registration closes on 10 Sept

Hi Everyone,

HSL registration is open for the 2022-23 season. We are accepting up to 100 players for a maximum of 20 teams of 5. As in the past play is on Wednesday evenings and we are back to the 7-10pm timings. Play is planned to start on 14 Sept.

Please register with your home club if you are playing full time we will aim to have all FT players every week. Canada Games team members please register for the Canada Games team. If planning on being a spare, register as a spare you will have amplepportunity to play.

We are trying something new this year. We will build club agnostic balanced teams from all entrants (except the Canada Games Team. Teams will need to choose a name early to replace the initial team name assignment of T1, T2, T3 etc. For administrative purposes and to continue to have the assistance of club based convenors, we intend to assign each team a « home club ». We will try to keep the number of people from the peninsula assigned to Cole Harbour as a home club to a minimum.  We will still stick to the formula of every team playing each other twice if we can, depending on how many teams we have. Once away and once at « home ». We are going to scrap the division format and play a long format tournament with a round robin style draw leading to a final elimination tournament. We aim to finish at the end of May or beginning of June.


HSL Convenor

Call for Major Technical Officials (MTOs) – 2023 Canada Winter Games

The 2023 Canada Winter Games will be held in Prince Edward Island from February 18 to March 5. Squash is part of Week One sports (Saturday February 18 to Saturday February 25) and will be held at the Eastlink Centre (46 Kensington Road, Charlottetown, PEI). The Tournament Referee is Chris Mills (PEI) and the Assistant Tournament Referee is Curtis Gillespie (AB). The Squash Technical Package calls for 18 additional referees (referred to as Major Technical Officials for the Canada Winter Games) to complete the Officiating Team.

Referees that wish to be considered for selection must contact their Provincial/Territorial Squash Association (P/Ts) to be nominated. All potential candidates must be nominated by their P/T Association. * Squash Canada has sent this information to all Local / Provincial / National Referees *

**A Squash NS referee needs to be a competitive member in good standing of Squash NS. **

Squash Canada will notify P/Ts and nominated referees by no later than Friday September 23, 2022, if your application has been accepted or declined.