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Courts start from $10's for a 30 minute booking per court. Squash HQ is situated at 8 Takaro Avenue, Sockburn, the venue has 4 squash courts, changing rooms and parking. Rackets and balls are available on request.  Click on the book now button above or register now at, down load the app and get playing. For further information contact Vaughan Utteridge on 0275 521281

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Squash Canterbury Newsletter No.4: 15-3-19

This week’s newsletter includes:

  • See what’s coming up – Squash Canterbury Calendar
  • How to raise a champion
  • Club Development
  • Squash Canterbury AGM
  • Squash HQ Open Day
  • Coach Development
  • Meet Paul Monk, Squash Canterbury Board Member
  • Events coming up



2019 Tournament Series for Girls

Back by popular demand!!

A great initiative to help grow and develop our female players in the Canterbury Region

Open to all female junior graded players.

Sport Cant club capability_opt'Grow Your Own Club'

Sport Canterbury is running an awesome series of 'Grow Your Club' capability development workshops. Perfect for supporting volunteers and paid sports administrators to lead quality, effective and sustainable clubs.

Their first workshop is a Finding Funding Workshop on Tuesday 19th March. This will provide you and your club with essential information for sourcing and applying for funding within the community sport sector across Canterbury. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and discuss current problems and issues with our team and other local clubs.

 For further info go to

Di McCoyMeet Di McCoy, our Junior Development Officer for Christchurch  

I am delighted to be continuing in the role of Squash Canterbury’s Junior Development Officer again for 2019.  I am very fortunate as both a Squash Player myself, and as a parent of a junior player I feel I understand well what is needed to both support our existing players, and grow our number of players in this wonderful sport.  We are very fortunate to have great clubs in Canterbury and within our Squash region keen to develop their junior programmes.  I look forward to seeing you at the courts soon!

2019 – What a very exciting year ahead!!

Newsletter_optCheck out the lastest copy of our newsletter  


Girl's Only Term 1 2019_optGIRLS ONLY Squash Coaching for beginners & improvers  - TERM 1 2019

13 years+
For 8 weeks (starting 19-2-19)
Two sessions available; Burnside SC & Christchurch SC 

How to Coach - Waimea 20-2-19_optHow to Coach coaching course in Nelson..

Perfect for those that have already attended the big nix and coaching adults courses or  if you are interested in getting involved in coaching...

get-involved_opt2Get Involved!

We are recruiting for the 2019 Canterbury Selectors & Team Managers – Expression of interests close 9am on Monday

The board is looking for expressions of interest for the following roles;

  • Convenors of selectors
  • Selectors 

barry and carly_opt2Barry Gardiner Receives New Years Honour

A massive congratulations to Barry Gardiner who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 New Year’s honors for services to Sport, particular squash.

Women's Divison 1 Winners - HH 1_opt_optCongratulations to all the Spring 2018 Interclub Winners

Click here to see who won what and the final league standings.

Thats it for 2018! We hope you have enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you in 2019! Click here to check out the 2019 Programme.

Squash-Cant-2018 01_opt2018 Squash CanterburyAwards Evening

Thank you to everyone who came along to the 2018 Squash Canterbury Annual Awards Evening and shared this special evening with us. We would like to say once again a massive thank you to Sarah Blair for her helping with the planning and preparation for the evening and Raewyn Walker from : professional property presentations for taking the photos.   

For a full run down on the evening read more.....

Lyttleton Squash Open Day_optLyttelton Squash Courts - OPEN DAY

Lyttelton Squash Courts, located at the Recreation Centre 25 Winchester Street, are opening their doors 1pm - 4pm Sunday 25th November. 

Come along and 'Give Squash a go'

Suitable for all ages

Girls only tournament 11-11-18_opt2Girl’s Only Tournament #2

On Saturday 10th of November, Squash Canterbury ran the 2nd Girls only Junior Tournament, held at Christchurch Football Squash Club.  The tournament attracted 14 entries from beginner level players through to B2 grade players


5-thumbs-up-760_opt22018 Membership Questionnaire 

Thank you to all everyone who participated in our recent membership survey and shared your ideas. 

We wanted to share the ideas, as lots of the them are relevant to clubs as well as Squash Canterbury. Hopefully you will find the responses as thought-provoking as us!

Read more....

Paul moran u15 champion_opt2NZ Junior 2018 Individual Championships

Congratulations and well done to all our juniors who took part in the NZ Junior Individual Championships.

A massive congratulations to Paul Moran who won the U15 Boy's Championships. This is an outstanding result we are all very proud of you.

New-Squash-bldg 05_opt2“Ground Breaking News for Squash in Canterbury”

After many months of work and fund-raising activities by the committee at the Christchurch Squash Club, work has begun on the construction of their new facilities to accommodate 8 courts at Cashmere to be known as the Don Preston Squash Centre.

Canterbury Junior Teams_optNZ Junior Team Championships 2018

With no rest for the wicked, the Canterbury Junior teams headed straight into teams’ event only a few hours after completion of individuals. Both Canterbury teams headed into the event as 4th seeds. 

a big thank youA BIG Thank you to New Zealand Racing Board

We would like to say a BIG Thank you to the New Zealand Racing Board for financially supporting the 2018 Squash Canterbury representative programme. Their funding helped support the Canterbury representative teams to attend the SI Quadrangular Tournament in Timaru (which we won), the SIAG Team Championships in Dunedin (which we won) and the Masters Inter-Districts Team Championships in Tauranga (we finished 4th).

girls squash_optGIRLS ONLY Squash Coaching for beginners & improvers  - TERM 4


  • 13 years+
  • For 8 weeks (starting 16-10-18) Two sessions available; Burnside SC & Christchurch SC 


a big thank youWe would like to a say a BIG thank you to the Rata Foundation for providing us with the funding to bring our website into the 21st Century.

We are happy to the announce the work has been completed and our website is not only looking good it is also now friendly on all types of devices.

Superman is coming to Canterbury!!

Paul Coll v Diego Elias

  •  Nelson Tuesday 18th December
  •  Greymouth Wednesday 19thDecember

Squash Canterbury Awards 2018 - image_optThe Squash Canterbury Annual Awards Evening

The 2018 Annual Awards Evening will take place Friday 9th November at The Rydges Latimer Hotel, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch.

Come join us for this exciting evening of recognition & celebration.

NZ Junior Championships 2018

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent Canterbury at the NZ Inter-districts Team Championships in Auckland 7th – 10th October. 

Canterbury 2018 Team_optNZ Senior National Inter-District Team Championships

The 2018 NZ Senior National Inter-District Team Championships took place the 31 August – 2nd September at Panmure Squash Club, Auckland. The Canterbury team was: 

Men’s Team: Jackson Beresford (CH), Matt Smith (CF), Simon Slade (MP), Charlie Barker (CF) and Nic Wilson (SW)

Women’s Team: Emma Cormack (CF), Ruby Turnbull (CF), Maria Hinz (OX), Amelia Wadsworth (MC) and Grace Hymers (CF)

masters - nz racing board_opt_optCanterbury Masters Team Announced 

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent Canterbury at the National Masters Inter-District Teams Event in Tauranga next week: 

Caelum Betteridge Jethro Moran Liam Gale Leonie Marshall_opt2Canterbury Junior Open 

Congratulations to Caelum Betteridge and Leonie Marshall for taking out the Junior Boys and Junior Girls titles in this year’s Canterbury Junior Open held at Waimea Squash Club in Richmond, Nelson.  Caelum won 3/0 against Henry Moran in the final and Leonie took out her Round Robin of four by winning all three of her matches against Caitlin Millard, Kayla Harvey and Jazmine Palmer-Bensemann.

Read more....

Champion of Champions District Elimination Winners 2018_opt_optCanterbury Champion of Champions 2018

Congratulations to all our winners of the 2018 winners. The Canterbury Championships took place at Linwood Squash Club 17th - 19th August. Read more...

South Island Under 11,13,15,17 Teams Event 

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Congratulations to our juniors who won 4 Team Golds and secured the Overall Trophy at this years event.

This years event was held in Dunedin 25th – 26th August. Canterbury was represented in 3 age groups U17, U15 & U13 in the boys and 2 age groups U17 and U15 in the girls.


22519120_10212873793553375_7987678062186233431_n_opt_optSquash Canterbury Annual Awards Evening

Save the date: Friday 9th November, Rydges Latimer, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch

Come and join us at this year exciting evening of recognition & celebration.

Canterbury Team Named for the South Island Age Groups – Teams Event

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent Canterbury at the SIAG-Teams event in Dunedin this weekend:

kidsfestOver 100 children registered to “Give Squash a Go” in Christchurch during the July School Holidays.  

This was the 2nd consecutive year Burnside Squash Club had been part of the KidsFest holiday programme and they enjoyed a whopping 67 children registering to try squash at their club. The club has enjoyed a spike in junior membership with a good number of children joining the club after trying squash through 2017 KidsFest Programme, these children are now playing in the Junior Interclub combined division. 

Canterbury Team Announced for the NZ Senior National Inter-District Team Championships

untitledCongratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent Canterbury at the NZ Senior National Inter-District Team Championships the 31 August – 2nd September at Panmure Squash Club, Auckland:

Men’s Team: Jackson Beresford (CH), Matt Smith (CF), Simon Slade (MP), Charlie Barker (CF) and Nic Wilson (SW)

Women’s Team: Emma Cormack (CF), Ruby Turnbull (CF), Maria Hinz (OX), Amelia Wadsworth (MC) and Grace Hymers (CF)

Manager: Rod Hayes Coach: Adam Odering            

The team was announced by chief selector Lawrence Skurr after the recent Canterbury Open. The two teams have been training together at Squash HQ on Thursday nights since the announcement.

NZ Secondary Schools Trans-Tasman Team

Congratulations to the following Canterbury Juniors who have been selected for the NZ Secondary Schools Trans-Tasman Team:

  • Senior Girls: Leonie Marshall and Amelia Wadsworth - Marlborough Girls College
  • Junior Boys: Tom Marshall - Marlborough Boys College (non-travelling reserve)
  • Junior Girls: Caitlin Millard Christchurch Girls High School (non - travelling reserve)

Quads Gold Winning Team_optGOLD for Canterbury at the 2018 South Island Quadrangular event

What an awesome result!!



Koru Games

Koru Games

This year Squash has been included in the Koru Games for the 1ST TIME! 

The Koru Games was set up to provide South Island year 7 & 8 students with an accessible opportunity to develop their individual skillsets through playing team sport for their school.

Canterbury Open - Canterbury's Prestigious event!

Winners Canterbury Open 2018_optThe 2018 Open took place at Christchurch Football Squash Club on 13-15 July, with 102 entries. It was great to see so many entries. Oliver Johnston took the Men’s Open title and Emma Cormack beat club mate Ruby Turnbull in the final to take the Women’s Open Title. 

Read more.....

Good luck to Canterbury Quadrangular Team

The Canterbury Quadrangular Team will be competing this weekend in Timaru at the South Island Quadrangular Tournament against the Midlands, Southland and Otago. We wish the Team all the best for their performances and in securing the trophy for the district.

Charlie Barker, the Men’s Senior Captain will be taking over our Instagram account at the Quads to keep us up to date with what’s happening. Follow us at @SquashCanterbury 

2018 South Island Junior Age Group Championships

SIAG Championships_opt2Well done to all our juniors who took part in the South Island Junior Age Group Championship at Otago Squash Club during the school holidays. Notable Canterbury results include, Chris Hebberd (MR) claimed the Boy’s U13 title and Scott Butterick (HH) was boy’s U15 runner

Canterbury Squash Foundation Legends Awards 2018

It’s finally here, Canterbury Squash Foundation’s inaugural Legends Awards night!

The awards night will take place Friday 20th July at Russley Golf Club. Full details can be found on the flyer.

The aim for this event is to honour and recognise the significant, successful and superior contribution of any player, administrator or worthy supporter of squash in Canterbury.

Canterbury Masters & U23's Championships 2018

The Canterbury Masters and Under 23's tournament, held in conjunction with each other, was run from the 22nd to the 24th of June at the Burnside Squash club. There were 65 participants across all categories, and some amazing squash on display.

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2018 Eye Rackets NZ Senior National Individual Championships

The following Cantabrians played at NZ National Individual Championships last weekend at Henderson Squash Club.

Paul Coll (reigning National Champ and current world #10) seeded 1, Oliver Johnston seeded 5, Jackson Beresford seeded 10, Joe Williams seeded 18, Quinn Udy seeded 19 & Nick Wilson seeded 29

Canterbury Open (Sat PSA)

The 2018 Open will take place at Christchurch Football Squash Club on 13-15 July. There are divisions for Men’s Women’s & Junior J Grade’s.

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Canterbury Secondary Schools Individual Championships 2018 - Results

36 Secondary School Students from 17 local Schools battled it out on the courts in the Canterbury Secondary Schools Individual Championships Tournament on Sunday 27th of May. 

A very high level of squash was on display with games running behind schedule in the early afternoon due to some very close games, with 12 matches going to the full 5 sets. 

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National Development Squads through the eyes, ears and experience of a coach….

JDS Boys Photo_optAn insght into the National Development Squads from Adam Odering. Adam is currently the assistant coach for the boy’s National Development and Emerging Squads. He is also the Club coach at Christchurch Football and the Canterbury Junior Team Coach.   

Canterbury Junior Age Group Championships Results

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Well done to all the players who competed in the Canterbury Junior Age Group Championships over the weekend at Hoon Hay Squash Club. 

A very high standard of squash was on display from all age groups competing. This is a great opportunity to see our juniors playing in an Age Group Tournament.  It would be wonderful to see full draws for both our Under 11 and Under 13 boys and girls next year.  This tournament is open to all juniors and is a fantastic experience for a junior of any level to be involved in. Don’t miss out next year, look out for it on the 2019 Calendar. 

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Are you interested in sharing your love for Squash; whilst earning some extra pennies at the same time?

We are currently looking for more coaches within Christchurch to help run and support our existing junior programmes and implement new programmes at local schools and clubs in 2018.

We are looking for people who are ideally available within school hours, some experience in coaching, attended or willing to attend the Big Nix training, great communicators and can interact well with juniors.

Junior 2100 Tournament Sunday 29th April 2018

On Sunday 29th April our 1st 2100 Junior Tournament was held at Christchurch Football Squash Club.  We had players with points range of 100 – 2090 entered, which allowed for 4 even divisions to be created with two divisions playing in the morning and two in the afternoon. 

Rocky and Kirsty from Christchurch Football kept all players busy if they were not playing they were referring or marking a game.  Games all ran to time with a very high standard of squash on display.  There were many close games, Jimmy Stewart may have been a little sore and tired after he played 3 very close games all of which went to 5 sets.  Great value for money from your entry fee Jimmy!

World Class, 8 court Facility

You may or may not be aware that following the events of 2011 it was uneconomic to fix or rebuild the existing Christchurch Squash Club on its current site.

Last July Christchurch signed an agreement with the Cashmere Club to build 8 courts on their property under a land lease arrangement. They choose the Cashmere area because research by Squash Canterbury indicated this was the best location for member growth with focus towards juniors.   

Unfortunately, they were under insured at the time of the earthquake and though they have approximately $3.0m of their own money the development costs $3.71m.

So, Christchurch just wanted to give you an update of their progress and ask that you visit their website,, because this provides more detail and suggests several ways the squash community might be able to assist.

Canterbury Senior and Masters Team Selection for Nationals and Quadrangular Tournaments

If you are interested in being considered for the either the Senior or Masters Teams please see below links to the Squash Canterbury Senior and Masters selection polices. 

Please note, that Masters nominations to be returned by Friday 18th May and the Senior nominations to be returned by 11th June. Please return all nominations to

2018 NZ Junior Open

The 2018 NZ Junior Open took place at Squash City down in Invercargill during the school holidays, 20th – 22nd April.  

Congratulations to our juniors who took part.  Some notable results include:  

Squash NZ Roadshow

Further to feedback at the last Club Forum, Squash NZ are coming to run a workshop on Managing Volunteers. It will take place Saturday 19th May 11.45am - 1.30pm. 

At beginning of the workshop there will also be an opportunity for an informally catch up over a light lunch with other clubs, Squash NZ Staff (including Jamie the new chief executive and Daniel) and the Squash Canterbury Board and staff.

Canterbury Junior Age Group Championships

18-20 May, Hoon Hay Squash Club (Squash HQ).  

U11, U13, U15, U17 & U19 (Boy’s & Girl’s)

Over $500 in prizes up for grabs

Have your Say – wouldn’t it be great to get some Squash courts in Rolleston!!

It is that time again where Councils nationwide are preparing their major projects and budgets for the next 10 years, and Selwyn Council is no different. 

Consultation is now open for the Selwyn District Council Long Term Plan 2018-2028

They are planning to build indoor courts at Foster Park and extensions to Selwyn Aquatic Centre, however there are no plans to include Squash Courts within these projects.

How can you get involved?

National Squash Open Day

11am-1pm Saturday 7th April 

Whether you’re keen to pick up a racket for the first time or you fancy dusting off some cobwebs, pop down to your local Squash Club on Saturday 7th April 11am – 1pm for the National Squash Open Day.

Clubs opening their doors are.................

NZ Master 2018

Download a copy of their first Newsletter. Further information to follow.

Cousins Shield and Mitchell Cup 2018

Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd June 2018, 325 Tristram Street, Hamilton

Important Information:

Canterbury Senior Team Coach Vacancy

The Squash Canterbury board wish to appoint a Canterbury Senior Team Coach for the 2018 district squads for Nationals.

The appointment is paid. 

Di McCoy announced as the Junior Squash Development Officer 

Di McCoy


The Squash Canterbury Board are proud to announce the appointment of Di McCoy as the Junior Squash Development Officer (Christchurch). The purpose of Di’s role will be to foster the growth and development of junior squash in Christchurch through increasing participation.

Adam Odering Announced as the 2018 Canterbury Junior Team Coach

 Adam Odering“I'm really happy to have been selected to be the Canterbury Junior Team Coach for 2018. I consider it a great opportunity to help more young squash players in the region achieve their squash goals. I look forward to working with Squash Canterbury and doing everything I can to provide the best opportunities for these kids. We've got a bunch of really hard workers coming through and I'm certain with the help of Squash Canterbury and other coaches in the region we can achieve some great results come nationals.”

Adam Odering, 2018 Canterbury Junior Team Coach 


Prize time - Hellers Summer Interclub

Squash Canterbury have a couple of prizes up for grabs. We have introduced 'Fair Play’ and 'Best Host Club' awards for Summer Interclub. Prizes are available in both the mens and womens competitions.fair play

Get YOUR Nominations in now!!!!!!

Nomination’s are OPEN and CLOSE 10pm Sunday 25th March. 

The winner’s will be decided through a PUBLIC VOTE

Squash Canterbury 2018 Calendar 

2018 Squash Cant CalendarDownload a copy of our 2018 Calendar, includes local, district and national events.

Squash Canterbury AGM

Squash Canterbury AGM will take place 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th March at Christchurch Football Squash Club.

Board nominations, remits and agenda items to be submitted to Karen at by Friday 9th March.

hotiktia squash clubClub upgrade

Hokitika are looking to upgrade their courts from keys and coin operated meters to a swipe card door entry and possibly light operation. They are looking at a second-hand option and where wondering if any other clubs where upgrading and/or if anyone could point them in the right direction for a suitable card or tag system?  It does not have to be flash.  No one has booked a court there since 1996.

If you can help, please contact Craig Nixon at

More medals for Canterbury Juniors

Another fantastic effort from Canterbury juniors with two top three placings at the Australian Junior Open.


Two Golds at the Oceania Championships

A fantastic start to the year for two Canterbury Juniors. On Sunday Tom Marshall (U13) and Matthew Grocott (U11) won their respective age groups at the Oceania Championships in Redcliffe, Brisbane.

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Squash NZ’s 2018 Tournament Schedule

Squash NZ have published their 2018 Tournament Schedule. You can find a copy here.


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