OTTAWA (ON) – White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, will host the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Squash Championships from May 2 – 6th, 2012. The event, which features 300 players from all over Canada and various parts of the United States competing for a chance to win the Canadian National Championship title in the Men’s & Women’s Open Events, the A, B and C Divisions and the age category Men’s & Women’s Masters Events from 30+ to 70+ events age categories.
The annual Canadian National Championships has historically served as a celebration of Canadian Squash. The event will showcase the sport which Forbes Magazine described as the “world’s healthiest sport”. This year’s Men’s & Women’s Open events will be webcasted live from Squash Canada’s website http://www.squash.ca/en/events/2012-canadian-squash-championships-100th-edition or for instant updates follow the matches from Squash Canada’s social media pages Facebook www.facebook.com/squashcanada.com, and Twitter Page www.twitter.com/squashcanada or join the conversation on twitter by tweeting at #100yearsofsquash. All draws and matches will be updated live from Squash Canada’s tournament website.
The first Canadian Squash Championship was played in 1912 at the Montreal Racquets Club. The first Canadian Championship was won by Kenneth Molson of Montreal. Previous winners of the Canadian Squash Championship include: Former World Champion and 8 time Canadian National Champion Jonathon Power, Graham Ryding, Gary Waite, Shahier Razik and current Squash Canada Performance Director Jamie Hickox. Former winners of the Women’s Championship include: Marnie Baizley, Melanie Jans, Alana Miller and 11-time winner Heather Wallace who won consecutive women’s titles from 1987 – 1997. The defending champions in the Men’s & Women’s Open Divisions are Shahier Razik of Toronto, Ontario and Miranda Ranieri of Waterloo, Ontario.
This year’s top seeds in the $10,000 Open Division are defending Champion Shahier Razik of Toronto who is ranked #29 in the World on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Rankings and Samantha Cornett of Ottawa, Ontario who is ranked #37 in the world on the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) World Rankings. The Number 2 seeds are Shawn Delierre the 2011 Men’s Open Finalist from Montreal, Quebec and Miranda Ranieri the 2011 Women’s Open Champion of Waterloo, Ontario.
Matches begin Wednesday, May 2nd with the Men’s and Women’s Open and A division with final matches being held on Saturday, May 5th. All other division finals will be held on Sunday, May 6th. “We are extremely proud to be chosen as the host facility of this amazing National event and are excited to welcome players from all over Canada. There will be some truly inspiring matches being played at White Oaks over these dates. We’ve also brought in a fantastic new glass court for our final matches which really amplifies the viewing and raises the excitement for both spectators and players” stated Mark Sachvie, 2012 Tournament Director and Racquets Director at The Club at White Oaks.
White Oaks Conference Resort is no stranger to hosting tournaments of this caliber and consistently provide an excellent experience for the players, with onsite massage therapy, great dining, fantastic workout facility and luxury accommodation all under one roof.
“We are very fortunate to be celebrating this historic event in one of the premier squash facilities in the world. White Oaks has staged many of Canada’s premier squash events in the past and we are looking forward to hosting the 2014 Women’s World Championship at White Oaks which is slated to be the largest event of a global level to take place in the Niagara Region”, said Danny Da Costa, Executive Director of Squash Canada.
Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 – Men’s & Women’s Open and ‘A’ Divisions play begins from 1:30 pm to 10:00 pm|
Thursday May 3rd, 2012 – All Divisions begin 8:30 am to 10:00 pm. Open Division ¼ finals from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday May 4th, 2012 – All Divisions begin 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Open Division Semi Finals 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday May 5th, 2012 – All Divisions begin 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Open Division Finals 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday May 6th, 2012 – All Age Group Masters Events, Companion Events Finals begin 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Admission to watch the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Squash Championships is free. For more information on White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa visit www.whiteoaksresort.com
This year’s event title sponsor is the Morris Group with co-sponsors Alexander Keith’s, Manta Sports, Dunlop, Harrow, Black Knight, Karakal, Squash Ontario and Jackson Triggs.
For More Information Contact:
Danny Da Costa
Executive Director, Squash Canada
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