Women in Squash
B.C. is developing a thriving community of female squash players that come together to play, compete, and share their love of the game. For opportunities to get more involved in squash, either recreationally or competitively, check out the following events and/or get in touch with your local squash facility to discover what opportunities are available for your level of play. Get involved and connect with our community of passionate players!
Check out our Women in Squash calendar to find out information as to how to get involved in B.C.'s squash community.
The Faces of Women in Squash is dedicated to highlighting the broad spectrum of female squash players in British Columbia. This section celebrates the diverse group of women and girls, from beginner to seasoned player, who play the sport for fitness, competition and fun. We hope that you will feel inspired by their stories.
Chris Yap ~ March 2020
For Vancouver’s Chris Yap, being an Official for the sport of squash is so
much more than meets the eye. Now retired, in her past professional life,
Yap was a transportation specialist, balancing her work with
her active avocation as an Official in the sport.
Like so many squash players, Chris Yap first placed a racquet in her hand twenty years ago while attending the University of Alberta. But for the past 15 years, this Squash BC member has added a whole other layer to an active squash lifestyle through focus and dedication in officiating and referring the game. Today she is recognized by the global squash community as a National Level Official and Assessor and Squash BC is proud to have her in the ranks of its membership.
Click Here to View Past Faces of Women in Squash
In 2019, Squash BC was proud to present two $500 grants to clubs that promote women and girls in squash ~ Bentall Athletic Centre in Vancouver (Elsa Snyder) and Nelson Squash Club (Rebecca Vassilakakis).
THANKS to all the clubs that participated in the 2019 Women's Squash Week. We increased the number of participating clubs, the number of events and the number of participants over the past 2 years.
Women’s Squash Week (WSW) is an opportunity for clubs to encourage women and girls of all ages and skill levels to participate in singles and/or doubles squash in a fun, social environment. The goal is social, not competitive, play to inspire women to get back on court after the summer, reconnect with old friends, and introduce new women players to the sport.
On October 5, 2019, Squash BC in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) presented the Emerging Female Leaders Forum. The forum, the first of its kind Squash BC, was developed for the squash community and focused to increase squash participation and retention of women and in British Columbia.
“Great event! Loved all the passion and enthusiasm from everyone! Very motivated about moving forward with a bunch of the ideas and suggestions that came up, including having a central forum where all the participants as well as other like minded individuals can continue sharing experiences and feedback!”
Quote from Helen Kim, Ambassador, Women’s Squash Week,Vancouver Racquets ClubHow YOU can Participate in the Conversation
Squash BC has an active and engaged doubles community. For more information Click Here.
Playing league is a great way to get/stay fit, meet new friends, and have fun. There are many opportunities for women to play league in B.C., both recreationally and competitively.
The Vancouver Squash League (VSL) being the largest league in the province is an amateur league for players in the Greater Vancouver area. There are both open and women only divisions. The teams are club based and players and it is expected that players are club members. For more information please check out the VSL website.
For those in other parts of the province, please drop by your local squash club to see what leagues are available. You can find a list of our member clubs by clicking here.
And, for those who are interested in Doubles, Vancouver has a Ladies Doubles League (VLDL). The clubs that offers doubles are: Vancouver Racquets Club; Evergreen Squash Club; Hollyburn Country Club; and Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club. Please contact the individual clubs to find out more about doubles squash.
There are more leagues across the province. Check with your local club or contact the Squash BC office at [email protected]