Squash Canterbury Awards

Service to Squash

The Squash Canterbury Service to Squash award recognizes the services volunteers play at a club level. Each club can nominate one volunteer per year, who deserves to be recognized for their efforts at the Squash Club. This should be someone who has not been nominated before.

2018 Receipants

This year we received 4 nominations and this is what the clubs had to say about them:

Margaret Thornton - Burnside

  • Burnside Squash would like to acknowledge the voluntary work Margaret Thornton has done at our Club over the many years she has been involved with our club.
  • She is always available to help out at our many tournaments and events and is a regular cheerful face at working bees and the like.
  • Margaret has also been involved with our monthly Golden Oldies group of past players, bridging the gap between them and the current players and supporting the annual Ladies’ Lunch. She is always an enthusiastic interclub player and one of those contributing to our Best Interclub Host Award this year.
  • This year Marg was asked if she would take on the role of catering manager for the recently held E-Grade Superchamps.  She accepted this role without hesitation and performed admirably, co-ordinating her team of volunteers brilliantly and generously committing many hours of her own time to the overall running of the kitchen.  As well all of this, she also found time to provide delicious home-baking for the participants to enjoy.  Many compliments were passed on to the tournament director about the high standard of catering for this tournament.
  • Margaret embodies the spirit of our club and always has a welcoming smile and chat for any newcomers and supporting other club members.  

Rocky Hudson – Football

  • Rocky is a social member who joined with his son who is a junior at the club.  This year Rocky has joined the committee as Junior Convenor and has been actively involved not only from a club perspective but also with Squash Canterbury on junior matters including interclub team discussions and also introducing a new format for the Junior 2100 tournaments. 
  • Rocky has taken an active role not only in Junior tournaments with doing draws and game scheduling but has also worked with Kirsty for Senior tournaments including being on hand at the club throughout these events, including doing Tournament control.  
  • Rocky has been an active committee member assisting with property issues including arranging quotes for potential work and earlier in the year was able to be on site to meet various tradesmen as required.
  • Rocky has been convinced to move to a competitive player and has started playing interclub, so look out, in no time he will be moving up the grades!
  • Rocky has quickly become a valuable member of the Football Squash committee including in his main role of Junior Convenor.  Rocky has assisted at all senior tournaments including tournament control and has run the Junior tournaments at our club. 

Squash-Cant-2018 71_opt2Tony Wilson - Linwood

  • Tony has been a member of Linwood Squash for many years
  • He is there to help with new members that join, having a hit with them and coaching them along the way.
  • He is always the life of the party, making events both entertaining and enjoyable.
  • Tony takes responsibility for the picking up of stock for the bar, so the ladies of the club don’t have to do the heavy lifting. 
  • Tony is always the first to help out with maintenance around the club when needed
  • When we have our tournaments, he always makes a point of getting to the club early to put on the heaters and jug for tea and coffee for the early players. He always helps with refereeing and organising the food at the tournaments we run.
  • We feel Tony deserves the recognition for all the time and energy he puts into the Linwood Squash Club.

Richard Ford - MCOB

  • Richard has held the position of President of Marlborough College Old Boys Squash Club. Not only has he led a successful committee this year with increases in membership, increases in numbers of events hosted by the club and leagues available for members of the club, but he has supplemented his role of President with endless amounts of hours supporting club activities.
  • Richard has actively run three major tournaments, three junior Undy900 tournaments as well as, unlocking and running the Blowout Social League in support of his wife, Michele Ford, who is the Women’s Club Captain.
  • His dedication to the game has seen him complete coaching course, support junior the club programme, participate in social leagues, interclub and actively support in the club maintenance projects. He has been a hands-on President who is well respected within the club, and more importantly is known as passionate and caring by members.
  • Richard supported Marlborough Squash Inc to deliver a junior development programme and regional Representative Opportunities for Senior and Junior Players.
  • This extra support of squash has enabled Marlborough to really shine with its juniors playing squash. Richard has poured a huge amount of effort into squash during this judging period, and with him stepping down from the MCOB President role, he leaves a huge gap to be filled within our club.

Previous Winners

2017 Recipients - Marliesje Bremmer (Hoon Hay), Kirsty Whiteside (Christchurch Football), Deb Salisbury (Burnside) and Greg Atkins (Squash Canterbury).

2016 Recipients - Hayley Evans (Burnside Squash Club) & Jess Wilson (Linwood Squash Club)


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