Women's Team Canada Trials Set for This Weekend

2014-09-30

OTTAWA, ON (September 30, 2014) – This weekend the National Squash Academy will be hosting the Squash Canada Women’s World Team Trials. These trials will determine who will represent Canada at the 2014 Shop.ca Women’s World Team Championships, to be held at The Club at White Oaks in Niagara-on-the-Lake from December 1-6, 2014.

The tournament will see ten athletes compete in two pools and seeded based on the latest Canadian ranking. Round robin play begins Thursday night, and each participant will play four matches within their pool on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, followed by playoffs on Sunday morning. The winners of each pool will be selected to join Samantha Cornett in representing Canada at the 2014 Women's World Teams, and a playoff match between the second place finishers in each pool will fill the final team spot.

The Women’s World Team Championships are held every two years, bringing together the top squash playing nations in the world. Finishing 13th in 2010 in New Zealand and 12th in 2012 in France, Canada will look to improve on these results and break the top ten at this year’s World Team Championships, which will be hosted right here in Canada.

The National Squash Academy welcomes any spectators who wish to catch the action and support Canadian squash. Matches begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 2nd, with the final group of matches to be played at 11am and noon on Sunday, when the team will be determined. Some matches will also be streamed online at  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-2014-world-women-s-team-trials

The pool lists are as follows:

Pool A

Alex Norman (Quebec) - The number one seed for team trials is ranked top 40 in the world and will be  competing for a spot at her third World Championship.

Hollie Naughton (Ontario) – Hollie finished 3rd at Nationals and won a silver as part of Team Canada at the Pan American Championships earlier this month. She         finished 5th with Team Canada at the World Junior Women's Team Champhionships last year, and is looking to make the transition to the senior team.

Seanna Keating (Ontario) - Seanna is a long-time world-class player, and a world champion in squash doubles.

Danielle Letourneau (Alberta) – Danielle is seeded second in Pool A and has been playing very well this season, winning silver at Nationals and an individual bronze at the Pan Am Championships.

Micaala Seth (Ontario) – A former Canadian University Champion, Micaala has represented Ontario at the Canadian Women's Team Championships, and was 4th this year at Nationals.

Pool B

Nikki Todd (Saskatchewan) – In her first year with the senior national squad, Nicki won bronze in the women’s doubles at the Pan Am Championship and silver in the women’s team event.

Alyssa Mehta (Alberta) – A freshman at Harvard, Alyssa is the number one ranked Canadian Junior and was also a member of last year’s top 5 team at Junior Worlds.

Alix Younger (Manitoba) – Alix represented Canada at World Univeristy Games in India, and won the Canadian University Championship this year.

Jackie Moss (Alberta) – After winning four National Junior Championships in Canada, Jackie is a second team All-American at Princeton. 

Chloe Chemtob (Quebec) – Chloe is the defending Canadian U19 Junior National Champion, and is one of the top U17 players in the world, having won the Pioneer Junior Open and the Dutch Junior Open this past summer.

Samantha Cornett (Ontario) has already qualified for the team based on her World Squash Association top 60 ranking. Cornett will be making her third appearance at the Women’s World Championships, as she was also a member of the 2010 and 2012 World’s Teams.

For more information:

http://squash.ca/en/national-team#
http://www.wsfwomensteams.com

Contact information:
Danny Da Costa
Executive Director, Squash Canada
(613) 731 7385 *2301
ddacosta@squash.ca    http://www.squash.ca

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