Squash Canterbury Awards 2020

It has been a year like no other, in so many ways, and while Squash Canterbury unfortunately wasn't in a position to host an awards event this year it was still important to us that we celebrated some fantastic achievements and acknowledged the incredible service that that different individuals contribute to our squash community. 

2020 Winners

Most Improved Player - Junior Girl

Anastasia Lim, Rangiora Squash Club

Most Improved Player - Junior Boy

Callum Brown, Greymouth Squash Club

Most Improved Player - Senior Female

Emily Keefe-Nicholls, Christchurch Squash Club

Most Improved Player - Senior Male

MP Johal, Hoon Hay Squash Club

Referee of the Year

Wayne Smith, Christchurch Squash Club

Volunteer of the Year

Kate Fox, Burnside Squash Club

Club and School Coach of the Year 

Adam Odering, Christchurch Football Squash Club

Service to Squash

Aaron Warner, Christchurch Football Squash Club

Paul Growcott, Christchurch Squash Club

Kelly Sullivan, Burnside Squash Club

Club of the Year

Christchurch Squash Club


Canterbury Open results

The Canterbury Open took place under Covid 19 Alert Level 2 conditions over the course of Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September at the Christchurch Squash Club. With a reduced field and minimal spectators in order to comply with the 100 people capacity and social distancing measures in place, the tournament had a different look to it but that didn't prevent fantastic and competitive squash from being played.

Emma Cormack extended her Canterbury Open Women's Champion title winning run after defending match points and going on to beat Grace Hymers, while Chris can der Salm toppled Oliver Johnston in a fiery clash to be crowned the Men's Champion. Both matches going the distance to five sets, and providing the crowd in attendance with some quality entertainment on a Saturday night.

A huge thank you to Adam Teo, the tournament organiser, for running a fantastic competition within the Government guidelines and allowing another unique chapter in the history of the Canterbury Open to be written. Thanks also must go to Bruce McEachen, Paul Growcott and the wider Christchurch Squash Club for their tireless contributions and efforts in the lead up and during the tournament.

The full results are as follows:

Men's Open - Winner: Chris van der Salm Runner Up: Oliver Johnston

Women's Open - Winner: Emma Cormack Runner Up: Grace Hymers

Men's One - Winner: Tom Marshall Runner Up: Matthias Paltridge

Men's Two - Winner: Thomas Cooper Runner Up: Ray Tahana

Men's Three - Winner: Dorian Monin Runner Up: Jacob Vanner

Men's Four - Winner: Brett Phillips Runner Up: Lawrence Skurr

Men's Five - Winner: Mark O'Connor Runner Up: Mat Parson

Men's Six - Winner: Timothy Petterson Runner Up: Robert Hanson

Women's One - Winner: Liza Tonkin Runner Up: Nadia Karati

Junior Division - Winner: Tanisha Butt Runner Up: Lewis Stewart


COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 UPDATE

Squash Canterbury and Christchurch Football Squash Club regret to inform all competitors and supporters that due to the Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions now in place, we are postponing the Canterbury Masters, Canterbury Junior Open and Canterbury Age Groups tournaments due to be held this weekend.We apologise for any inconvenience, particularly to those who were travelling to Christchurch to participate. The hope is that all three tournaments can be rescheduled to take place later in the year.

Committee members have now been emailed with the most up to date Government and Squash New Zealand guidelines on how clubs can operate safely under Alert Level 2. These include adhering to processes around social distancing, contact tracing, maintaining high standards of hygiene and sanitisation, and table service for bar offerings.

The guidelines can be found on the Squash New Zealand website at the following link, as well as a number of other helpful resources: https://www.squashnz.co.nz/for-clubs/covid-19.cfm

For any clubs that are scheduled to host events tonight, tomorrow or Friday, you are allowed to do so if you can operate safely within the Government and Squash NZ guidelines.

In regards to the coming weeks of scheduled interclub and other competitions, we will be able to make a more informed decision in the coming days once we know whether or not the Government will extend the Level 2 period.

The situation is evolving each hour, so we will do our best to communicate clearly to you and your members. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding, and the work you are doing to keep your members safe.

In the meantime, the things that you and your fellow members can also do to help stay informed are:

- Like Squash Canterbury on Facebook (Squash Canterbury News)

- Follow Squash Canterbury on Instagram (squashcanterbury)

- Check your emails regularly for updates

- Like Squash New Zealand on Facebook (Squash New Zealand)

- Check the Squash New Zealand website regularly as the guidelines are updated

Oxford Open Tournament

The Squash season is nearly back and for all the restless souls out there the OXFORD CLUB is hosting their OPEN in February this year. The club has undergone many repairs since the earthquakes and is now looking in tip-top shape and is hosting this open with the hope of making their club look even better.

Oxford is a welcoming and tidy 2 court complex 30min outside of Christchurch that includes fascinating views of the Canterbury plains along the way and has the famous Sheffield pie shop just around the corner (I've been told these pies are to die for) as a great food stop.

The Oxford Open will be a great tournament for everyone and if you want to sign up then go to https://www.squash.org.nz 

 


WOMENS R18 D GRADE & BELOW SERIES

Here's another new initiative coming out of Squash Canterbury - the WOMENS R18 D GRADE & BELOW SERIES. Its a great opportunity for women who wants to take up squash or get playing more, to play a tournament where everyone will be of similar ability.

This is the first of 4 tournaments in the series taking place at FOOTBALL CLUB and run by Kirsty Whiteside who is a D1 herself.

To sign up go to Squash NZ - https://www.squash.org.nz

 

 


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