Squash BC supports a vibrant junior program that encourages children and teens to play squash. Squash is a fun, healthy and active way to meet other kids. Our programs and competition stream are aligned with Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) starting with kids as young as 4-5 years old and developing them until they turn 19. The Junior Squash Pathway, Provincial and Regional training squads, schools programs, Canada Winter Games squad/team, tournaments, and leagues are all example of programs that Squash BC proudly supports for our juniors.
Every four years, the Canada Winter Games (CWG) is hosted by a different city within Canada usually in February. The CWG represents the pinnacle of sporting competition for many athletes in Canada and has been used numerous times as a springboard to International and Olympic level competition. For more information on the Canada Games, please visit their website at http://www.canadagames.ca/ . Squash has been involved in the CWG since 1991 and BC has a history of producing successful teams.
Team BC is the Provincial Governments sporting body responsible for all sports from BC participating in the Canada Games, (both Winter and Summer Games.) Team BC has in the past funded the last two years of training for Squash BC athletes. As funding levels change annually we will not know the exact amount until we get closer to the funding time frame. For more information on Team BC, please visit their website at www.teambc.org.
The Canada Winter Games and Team BC place certain stipulations and requirements for inclusion and playing in the games. Squash BC will adhere to those stipulations and requirements. Please go to Squash BC Policies for full information on the Canada Winter Games program.
The following are the Committee, Coaches and Athletes of the CWG Program.
- Canada Winter Games Committee: Rahim Jessa (Chair), Mark Robinson, Lee Clackson, Mike Tooley and Rebecca Vasilikakas
- Canada Winter Games Coach and Manager: Kevin Inouye (Coach) and Emma Parke (Manager)
- Year One Canada Winter Games Training Squad: Andrea Toth, Brooke Herring, Cynthia Cao, Anika Kurji, Yu Quan Ng, Lucia Bicknell, Sarah Cao, Julia Horsey, Alexandra Brown, Sam Scivier, Matt Bicknell, Mitchell Kahnert, John Dempsey, Sayeed Mavani, James Toth, Christian Yuen, Jacob Lin, Jordan King, Joseph Toth, and Rio Schafer
The Provincial and Regional Training Squad Sub-Committee’s (comprised of parents and Coaches) ultimately decides which athletes will be invited to participate in the programs/camps. Program selection will be performed through a transparent process ensuring all selection criteria are openly communicated to the parties involved.
These programs/camps give the junior athletes:
- The opportunity to train with other athletes they don’t normally have the opportunity to train with.
- A measuring stick to see the extra work that is needed to get to the next level.
- The confidence and motivation to work hard to reach the next level.
- The opportunity to get to know their peers better and build life long relationships.
- A chance to train with different coaches, several of whom coach or have coached our national teams.
- Younger players are given a small taste of travel and billeting.
Athletes will be chosen through a combination of Provincial rankings and input from squash professionals and local club coordinators.
For complete information and criteria on these programs and camps please go to Policies & Procedures and go to section 7. The information starts on page 34.
The 2016/17 Squads are as follows:
This Program is subsidized by the 2020 Fund. From 2000 to 2010 Squash BC raised over $200,000.00 as the capital to use for the subsidies that will be given out on an annual basis.
For complete information and to understand the different levels of subsidies and what type of program/athlete will qualify for those subsidies, please go to the PDF, 2020 Grassroots Application Policies & Form
Developing – Ages 7-11 years old
Progressive – Ages 9-12 or 13-16 years old
Full member Clubs of Squash BC may sanction their junior programs in order to be covered under the Squash BC Insurance Policy. This insurance will cover the junior members of Squash BC when they are participating in the club junior program for “ON COURT” accidents/injuries. The policy will also give liability insurance to coaches and volunteers who are registered on the sanctioning form. Please fill out the following pdf form to qualify for this sanctioning. 21 Junior Program Sanctioning Information Form.
The External Sport Credentials Program (ESCP) gives students the opportunity to earn graduation credits for approved levels of competition as an athlete.
Students can obtain External Sport Credits for squash in this categories:
•Athlete (10, 11, 12) more info….
- VP Player Development –
- Junior Committee Chairperson – Cindy Longley
- Junior Committee – Soraya Kurji, Jane Barclay, Pat Toth, Colin Brown, Simon Bicknell, Chris Hanebury, and Paul Stevenson
- Regional Training Squad – Interior – Julia Dorrius, Sophie Dorrius, Luca Sherrif, Austin DesMazes, William Rutter, Ryan Howe, Josh Larsen, Aiden McCabe, Caden Hazard, Ian Heck, and Carter Hazard
- Regional Training Squad – Coast – Ismael Matti-Alvarez, James Toth, Jacob Lin, Christian Yuen, Gabriel Yun, Joseph Toth, Kellan O’Neill, Brian Murphy, Mattias Totz, Sarah Cao, Julia Horsey, and Alexandra Brown
- Provincial Training Squad – Ryan Picken, Sam Scivier, Mitchell Kahnert, Matt Bicknell, John Dempsey, Sayeed Mavani, Andrea Toth, Brooke Herring, Lucia Bicknell, Cynthia Cao, Anika Kurji, and Yu Quan Ng