Recognition & Awards
The following awards are given out on an annual basis by Squash BC. If you have volunteers who have worked long and hard to promote, organize and champion squash in your squash community or there are players who epitomize good sportsmanship with good play in your community, please nominate them for one of the following awards.
Over the years any recipient of one or more of these prestigious awards truly deserves to be there. Most of us will never be in this group. However, if we are involved with squash on any level – playing, coaching, volunteering – it is surely something admirable for which to strive.
Please click here to download a nomination form.
The Jack Larsen trophy is the highest honour an individual can receive from Squash BC and is awarded in recognition of significant overall contributions to the development of Squash in BC.
Named for J.H.R. Larsen who played squash in Vancouver way back in the 1920’s on the ‘Rogers Court’ and at the Jericho Golf & Country Club. Part of the group instrumental in securing the original Vancouver Racquets Club property at Oak and 25th in 1954, he was a three-time Provincial Champion in 1950, 1951 and 1953, one of only two players to win the title more than once during that decade. His brother, E.R. (Ned) Larsen, was the Headmaster of Shawnigan Lake School when the new courts were built there in 1966 and dedicated to the memory of Jack who was a graduate of the school.
The President’s Plate is awarded for the best supporter of our game and our Association.
This trophy has a more recent history, being donated in 1978 by then B.C.S.R.A. President, John Cartmel. The “great supporter” trophy went to the wife of the Association President for her many hours of dedication at courtside and tournament functions. In later years, “supporter” has encompassed a broader spectrum of squash enthusiasts and is now awarded for the best supporter of our game and our Association in a myriad of different ways.
The Rogers Trophy is awarded for the best record in national and international competition.
Named after Ernest Rogers, one of the Rogers Sugar family. He first played squash in the early 1920’s on the John Fordham court which was built in the 1890’s to English (international) specifications. It was located at Beach Avenue and Cardero Street. However, Mr. Rogers played on American courts in Seattle on several occasions, so in 1927 he built the ‘Rogers Court’, the first North American court in Vancouver at 1789 Matthews Avenue.
In 1951, the Department of National Defence courts (accessible to the small playing fraternity) were turned into offices and for the next year, squash survived at the ‘Rogers Court’. Irene Rogers, widowed by this time, very generously made her court available to the dozen or so active players at that time. The Rogers Trophy was later established by several of these players in appreciation of the contribution to squash made by both Ernest and Irene Rogers.
In April 2012, John Burris was inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame. John was born and raised in Kamloops and learned how to play all the sports in the community. John’s parents were nationally ranked Badminton players and started John out on his lifelong association with racquet sports.
As John became a young man he took up squash and because of his athletic background soon became one of the top players in the province and the country. John worked as a pro at the Kamloops squash club in the 80’s and then became a rep for Black Knight. Black Knight soon saw how valuable John was within the racquet industry and John was able to become a partner in Black Knight.
John’s life was cut very short while playing squash, something he loved to do. Below is an article written by John Furlong which sums up what John meant to the squash community.
This award is best described by a tribute to John Burris written by John Furlong.
If a player and a sport could ever be in perfect harmony with each other then John Burris and Squash were won and the same, both at peace with each other. He brought to our game a gentle calm, never allowing the fury of play to destroy the camaraderie between competitors that should, in all games, be sacrosanct. It was a game and John was comfortable with that.
It will be said over and over that John Burris died doing what he loved to do, playing squash with a friend. It may not have been his choice but it will forever mark his time with us and remind us fondly of how fortunate our sport was to have him, and how better squash is because of him.
We have lost a true champion and great pal in John Burris. He will be remembered for qualities far more considerable and worth then the games he won or lost, or the number of trophies on his cabinet at home. If we were to properly reward decency, honour, respect and fairness, the league title would easily be his.
For John these deeply human traits marked his life. Like a bright , glowing badge on his lapel, they set him apart from the crowd. The outcome in every endeavor was to John significantly less important than how you got there.
I feel so fortunate for the times I had with John, doing business, friendly bantering behind a squash court, or just playing hard. He always added something and invariably made you feel better if you were a little down. Never one to pass his challenges or trials over to you, but rather he was someone willing to take some of your load, if you would just let him.
For each of us we now know that our time with John was a gift. It would put a smile on his face to know that we learned something from him. It would give him great pleasure if we would pass it on.
Sadly for most of us we never tell our friends how important they are to us until it is too late, the tributes we pay them they rarely get to hear. If I could, I would tell John that he lived a perfect life. I would tell him to change nothing. I would tell him how much I will miss him when he is gone. I would tell him well done and I would thank him for being my friend.
John A.F. Furlong
The Lifetime Membership program started in 2007. The Squash BC board decided there were many people who had volunteered hundreds of hours to squash in British Columbia and they should be recognized by having a lifetime membership.
Squash BC is eternally grateful to these people who have made squash what it is in British Columbia today.
The program recognizes past presidents who have been on the board of Squash BC for at least five years and recipients of the Jack Larsen award. Many of these people have done both.
The Massey Goolden Trophy is designated to honor junior players for achievement combined with sportsmanship.
Captain Massey Goolden was one of the other truly dedicated squash enthusiasts. In 1929, he constructed an English-sized court at his home “The Knole” at 57th Avenue and Marine Drive in South Vancouver. Recently retired from the Navy he had married the widow of Mr. Blythe Rogers, brother of Ernest and developed a strong interest in the game. The ‘Goolden Court’ was in constant use for many years, both for friendly games and tournament play. Captain Goolden was also instrumental in establishing the Vancouver Squash League. Captain Goolden with A.E. John Jukes, donated the Jukes-Goolden Challenge Cup, awarded annually to the winner of the Provincial Championships. The trophy was later renamed and designated to honor junior players in the early 1970′s for junior achievement combined with sportsmanship.
The award is presented to an individual who has unselfishly inspired, coached or mentored Junior squash players. This award was started and donated by Paul King and Family.
The Ken Cummane Award has been donated by the Ken Cummane Foundation. Ken’s foundation has been the largest donator to the 2020 Fund. The award for the “Club Challenge Winner” goes to the club/organization who donates the most to the 2020 Fund throughout the year. A club can raise funds using any legal method they wish.
Squash Canada’s Certificate of Achievement Award is presented to people and or companies who have made significant contributions to squash at the provincial or territory level.
Sport BC’s annual “Presidents Awards” promote and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism by giving member organizations an opportunity to acknowledge and thank an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to their organization.