OTTAWA (ON) – Squash Canada is very excited for 2012, as the New Year brings along four National Championship events to be held in January.
The first events kick off Friday, January 6th in Halifax, NS and London, ON. The Tower at Saint Mary’s University is hosting the Women’s Team Championship in Halifax, while London Squash Racquets Club in London, ON is the site for the Men’s Team Championships. Both events will feature representation from provinces across the country facing off in team competition format in the Friday to Sunday tournament.
In both London and Halifax, the Quebec Men’s and Women’s teams will be trying to defend their 2011 Championship titles. Alexandra Norman and Genevieve Lessard are returning to play for the defending Champions, and will be joined by Anne-Christine Lajoie. The men’s team have no returning players, but features recently retired Senior National Team member David Phillips as captain.
The following weekend, January 13-15th, will feature the inaugural Canadian Junior Doubles Championship at the Granite Club in Toronto, ON. The Junior Doubles event has been held at the Granite for five years now, but this will be the first as a Squash Canada sanctioned National Championship. Many top juniors have been participating in the doubles at this event since its inception, and Tournament Director Jessica DiMauro expects the tournament to continue to grow with the National Title at stake.
Also that weekend, the Master’s Team Championships will be held at Club La Sportheque in Gatineau, Quebec. This will be the first time Quebec has hosted the Masters event, which features mixed gender teams of seven players in the categories of Men’s 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, and Women’s 40+, 45+, 50+. The event is in its fourth year of competition, and Team Ontario will be looking to defend their title from the 2011 event in Burlington. They will have to face off against stiff competition from across the country, including the first ever appearance from the Atlantic provinces.