Here is an update on the competitive season. Squash Nova Scotia is still looking at the possibility of operating tournaments and leagues this season, but with clubs still operating with limited capacity, it is unlikely that this will happen before the new year. Any competitive play we have will likely look different as we explore ways to limit the mingling of large groups of people, to operate within the risk tolerance of players, clubs and the province. We will keep you updated on progress as we know more.
I also share the updated Squash Canada tentative competitive calendar
Regrettably, Squash Canada has taken the decision to cancel all of the rescheduled Fall national championships due to lingering COVID-19 restrictions and concerns. The 2020 Canadian Mixed Doubles, the 2020 Canadian Junior (Closed) , The Canadian Senior National, the Canadian Masters and the Canadian U23 championships have been cancelled. There were still existed too many restrictions in effect such as no competition yet permitted in current Phase, limits on the number of people allowed in the facility and 14-day quarantine requirements for people returning to as many as eight provinces/territories.
Given the current uptick in cases in the certain parts of the country, SC has also postponed the 2021 Canadian Junior Open from Dec 2020, with plans to hold it in early summer 2021.
Given this information, and the dearth of open courts in the province, and the continued uncertainty over the opening of the courts at SMU, it is with sadness that I am officially cancelling the 2020 NS Open and the 2020 Atlantics.
Please note that the Board is looking at how we can look at providing some opportunities for sanctioned play and limited tournament play, however given the current public health constraints, whatever competitive play opportunities we can present will look different. As part of that we are putting together a survey to get an understanding of what you feel about return to competitive play and your safety. This will be sent out next week.
Given this the Board voted unanimously on Thursday to extend existing memberships for a further 120 days. This has the effect of extending memberships that were in place on 15 Mar 2020 for a total of 300 days. Please remember that memberships run on a 365 day basis vice a seasonal basis and so memberships will restart counting time on 9 Jan 2021.
The last month saw a number of national and regional championships take place in which Nova Scotia was ably represented. First the Canadian Junior Championships on the weekend of April 11-14 in Edmonton; then the Atlantics in Moncton on the weekend of the 24-28 of April and finally the Canadian Championships from 30 April – 3 May in Toronto. NS players achieved excellent results in all three tournaments. Click on the links above for the detailed draws and results. Top performers are highlighted below.
Congratulations to Douglas Kosciukiewicz for a 10th place finish at the Canadian Junior Championships on the weekend of April 11-14. With this result Douglas finishes his season as No. 9 in the country in U19 Category. and as the No 1 male in the province of NS in all age categories! Well done Doug!
Congratulations to all of the NS players who won or placed at the Atlantics in Moncton on the weekend of the April 24-28:
Men’s Open Champion – Matt Bishop, 3rd – Phil Anderson
Men’s A Champion – Leah Boody
Boys U19 Consolation Winner – Orlando Ramirez
Women’s B Champion – Belinda Lau-Beaton, 2nd –Madeleine Khan
Women’s C Consolation winner – Rawan Abouelela
Men’s C Champion – Orlando Ramirez
Boys U17 Champion – Samuel Gallant, Consolation Winner – Graydon Downey
Girls U17 Champion – Madeleine Khan
Men’s D and Boys U15 Finalist – Camden Pulsifer
Mixed 55+ Consolation Winner – Janet MacLeod
Congratulations to the NS players competed in the Canadian Nationals between 30 April and 3 May! You represented us well.
Matt Bishop who repeats as the Men’s 35+ Champion
Leah Boody who placed second in Women’s A
Phil Anderson who tied for 13-16 in the Men’s A
Niamh Campbell the Women’s A Consolation Plate Winner.
Follow Nova Scotians Matt Bishop (M35+), Leah Boody and Niamh Campbell (WA) and Phil Anderson (MA) as they join a star-studded field of Canada’s best players are set to take center-stage this week (April 30 to May 4) at the Mayfair Lakeshore Racquet Club for the 2019 Canadian Squash Championship. They join over 250 athletes ranging from our high-performance athletes in the Open divisions to our veteran squash players in master’s age divisions.
The Women’s Open field will highlight eight of Canada’s elite female squash players looking for National Glory. The draw features 2018 Champion Danielle Letourneau of Calgary, Alberta who hopes to join elite company as a back-to-back Canadian Champion. In her way are former Champions Hollie Naughton (2016, 2017) of Mississauga, Ontario and Samantha Cornett (2013, 2014, 2015) of Ottawa, Ontario. These women along with a strong contingent of challengers will give their all in an effort to be crowned Canadian Women’s Champion.
On the Men’s Open side, 16 of Canada’s elite male players will battle for a chance to become Canadian Champion. The draw features two-time and reigning Canadian Champion Andrew Schnell Calgary, Alberta who looks to win a third National Title. Standing in his way are former winners Nicholas Sachvie (2017) and Shawn Delierre (2013, 2015) as well as a host of others that include National Team Squad members David Baillargeon, Mike McCue and Cameron Seth. The deep and talented men’s field will leave everything on the court in their efforts to be crowned Canadian Men’s Champion.
In addition crowning Canadian champions, the 2019 Canadian Squash Championships are the last opportunity for our very best athletes to be selected for the final spots on the Canadian Women’s and Men’s Team going to Lima, Peru, for the 2019 Pan-Am Games in 3 months time, where we hope to repeat Canada’s spectacular 2015 Team Gold Medal performance in Toronto.
Finally, 225 players have come to Toronto to compete in various Masters and Companion categories in chase of a dream to be called a Canadian Squash Champion. Categories range from Women’s A, B, C, 50+ and 60+ to Men’s A, B, C, D, 30+, 35+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ and 75+. And for those that come away victorious they will join an illustrious group of squash players to be crowned Canadian Champions.
Well done Team NS! Some great squash, well fought. I caught part of Douglas’ and James’ games vs Quebec#2 this morning and it was a pleasure to watch some excellent squash live from the Club Sportif MAA in Montreal.
NS fielded the only team from the Atlantic Provinces. Douglas, James and Josh placed 6/8 with a respectable 1-2 record. They lost 3-0 to Quebec#1 on Friday, Won 2-1 against Saskatchewan on Saturday and lost 3-0 to Quebec #2 this morning in the consolation Finals.
Douglas faced some formidable opponents, losing on Friday to Shawn Delierre 7-11, 7-11, 7-11, to Matthew Serediac 10-12, 6-11, 12-10, 11-3 and 6-11 on Saturday and to David Phillips 10-12, 9-11 and 2-11 today. Well done!
Josh faced off against David Baillargeon on Friday losing 4-11, 3-11, 6-11, He defeated Jason Gelowitz on Saturday 11-8, 11-6, 12-14 and 11-7 and lost to Eric Dingle 7-11, 6-11 and 7-11 today. Great effort!
James played against Quebec#1’s Jason Delierre on Friday losing 5-11, 3-11, 5-11, He defeated Chris Tunnicliffe from Saskatchewan on Saturday 11-8, 11-8 and 13-11 and lost to Sebastien Boucley from Quebec#2 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 5-11 and 4-11 today. A very close game against Sebastien, well played!
Watch the live stream of the final between Ontario and Quebec#1 at 2:30 this afternoon or follow the match scoreboard here.
The final standings will be available after the finals here.