Thank you to everyone who came along to the 2018 Squash Canterbury Awards Evening and shared this special evening with us.
Listed below is a summary of the 2018 Squash Canterbury District Awards. Click on the headers below for a full rundown on each of the awards, including finalists and detailed information on the award winners.
To see the list and photos from the evening of all the 2018 Canterbury District Tournaments winners click here and to check out who took the titles for Best Performing Christchurch Autumn Interclub Teams and Club click here.
Waimea Squash Club won the Prestige Title of ‘Club of Year’, in what was a closely contested race and a tough choice for the judges. The standard of the finalists was exceptional, which was just fantastic to see. Finalists included Christchurch Football Squash Club, Hoon Hay Squash Club and Marlborough College Old Boys Squash Club.
Richard Aitken from Waimea Squash Club won the ‘Foundation Cup for Volunteer of the Year’. (Right - Sue Aitkens collecting the award on behalf of her husband Richard)
Each of the finalist where deservedly presented with a little thank you from Squash Canterbury for their outstanding contribution to Squash. Finalists included; Tracey Marshall, Marlborough Squash Rackets Club, Richard Aitken, Waimea Squash Club, Jess Wilson, Linwood Squash Club, and Kirsty Whiteside, Football Squash Club.
Jackson Beresford, Christchurch Squash Club, won ‘Men’s Squash Player of the Year’ and Emma Cormack, Christchurch Football, was presented with the ‘Turnbull Cup’ for winning Women’s Squash Player of the Year.
Jason Oxenham, Mt Pleasant, won ‘The Burnside Cup’ for securing the Masters Men’s Player of the Year and Judy Smith, Burnside, won the Seeker Cup for Women’s Masters Squash Player of the Year
The ‘Junior Boy Squash Player of Year’ category, was one of the hardest decisions for the judges to call. All the finalist have had an amazing year, especially Tom Marshall and Paul Moran who both deserve a special mention in what has been an exceptional year on court for them both. Paul was pipped to the post by fellow Blenheim player, Tom who was awarded the ‘The Growcott Cup’ for Junior Player of the Year.
Ruby Turnbull won ‘The Growcott Trophy’ for being awarded the Junior Girl Squash Player of the Year.
‘Coach of the Year’ went to Adam Odering, Christchurch Football Squash Club
The 2018 ‘New Coach of the Year’ was won by Maria Hinz, from Oxford Squash Club
‘The Phil Morgan Trophy’ for Referee of the Year was awarded to Ross Mineham, Rangiora
The Squash Canterbury Service to Squash award recognizes the services volunteers play at a club level. Each club can nominate one volunteer who deserves to be recognized for their efforts at the Squash Club. This year we received 4 nominations: Rocky Hudson- Football, Margaret Thornton – Burnside, Richard Ford. MCOB and Tony Wilson, Linwood.
The ‘Most Improved Squash Players of the Year’ titles where won by, Matthew McCormish, Burnside SC (Junior Boy), Kayla Harvey. Takaka (Junior Girl), Emma Brown, Burnside (Senior Women’s) and Qazi Rooh-ul-Amin, also Burnside (Senior Men’s).