David Pearson Camp
World renowned coach David Pearson will be in Calgary next weekend teaching a high performance camp at the Glencoe Club. Head pro David Duncalf is very excited to welcome back Mr. Pearson, who has coached 4 world champions in his career, and remains the most successful Commonwealth Games coach of all time!
Contact the Glencoe Club now to sign up!
Posted on 05/20/2016
A New National Champion!
In what he describes as the culmination of his young, but already incredibly successful squash career, Calgary's Andrew Schnell captured his first Open National Championship last week during his third final appearance in as many years.
"This is the one you always dream of. Making the finals for two years in a row but just missing out, and then this year pulling it off, it's hard to believe."Success is no stranger to Schnell, who captured 3 junior national titles before moving into the senior ranks 5 years ago and quickly worked himself into the top echelon of Canadian squash talent by making his first National Championship final in 2014. While falling just short of National Gold again in 2015, he was able to strike it internationally, teaming up with Shawn Delierre and brother Graeme to capture Team Gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Graeme and Andrew also teamed up in the doubles event and took home a silver medal. The 2015-16 season turned out to be a banner year for Andrew, who rode the international success tasted at the 2015 Pan Am Games into his best year on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour so far, capturing 3 titles, and securing his highest professional ranking to date (66th). Culminating this incredible season with his first national title is a fantastic honour, and we at Squash Alberta couldn't be more proud.While it's true that Andrew's accomplishments were particularly spectacular this year, he is not where the showcase of Alberta talent at the National Championships ended this season. Alberta also had a representative competing in the women's final, as Danielle Letourneau secured her place by defeating #1 seed and heavy favourite, Nicolette Fernandes, in the semi-finals. While coming up just short of the title, she remained positive when reflecting on her result:
"Was points away from a national title but couldn't pull it out. While the loss stings, I'm very happy with my season and the progress I've seen in my game."Letourneau lost in a nail-bitingly close contest with champion Holly Noughton 11-8 in the fifth and deciding game. It was a see-saw battle, which saw Letourneau go down two games to 1 before roaring back in a one-sided fourth game and unfortunately falling just short in the fifth. Going in as the 3/4 seed, it was still a very successful National Championships for Letourneau who, like Schnell, also enjoyed a very successful 2015-16 season. She captured the first PSA title of her career in January, made the semi-finals of the PSA event in Calgary in March, and has risen to her career-best professional ranking of #66. Alberta's final medal of the National Championships came on the Men's side as well, and to a familiar name. Graeme Schnell, Andrew's older brother and long-time training partner/coach, competed alongside his younger sibling all week and perhaps surprisingly, found himself in a close battle against 2015 National Champion Shawn Delierre. While falling just short of winning that match, Graeme secured the Bronze medal for himself, and helped coach his younger brother Andrew to his first National Championship later in the day. Having moved to Toronto in the fall for school, expectations weren't high for Graeme this squash season as studies had to come first, but the opportunity was there so he took it.
"I thought, 'OK, well nationals are coming up and in Toronto, so I won't have to travel or miss classes' and thought it might be worth it to make one big push and see how it goes. It went better than I expected and I maintained the same position I did last year without playing full time, so next year we'll wait and see."All three players have shown they can compete with the best in the world, and will have a bright future in this sport if they continue to dedicate themselves. We at Squash Alberta are extremely proud of these players and will follow their careers with great interest over the next several years!
Posted on 05/11/2016
2016 National Championships
The Canadian National Squash Championships began today at the Mayfair Lakeshore Club in Toronto, ON. Five Alberta athletes will be vying for the Men's & Women's National titles this year in their respective Open divisions: Danielle Letourneau, Erin Roberts, Andrew Schnell, Graeme Schnell, and Blake Reinson.
Follow along with the action by checking the draws on Squash Canada's website regularly, as well as the live streaming they have via squashstream.tv! Both are linked below, but there is also a streaming link under the "Video" menu on Squash Alberta's home page.2016 National Championships Draws2016 National Championships Live Streaming
Posted on 05/04/2016
Alberta Strikes Gold at Junior Nationals!
Team Alberta's Medal winners (from L to R): Coach Jonathan Hill, Mohamed Kamal (Gold BU13), Abdelrahman Dweek (Gold BU15), Michael Mehl (Gold BU19), Bethany Churchill (Bronze GU17), Jana Dweek (GU13), and Assistant Coach Jake Hooker.
While the economy in Alberta has been unhealthy of late, junior squash certainly hasn't suffered. Team Alberta came home yesterday from the Junior National Championships with 5 Medals, 3 of them Gold! Leading the team was 2015 Junior National and Canada Winter Games Gold Medallist, Michael Mehl, who captured his second BU19 title over the weekend, besting #1 seed Rahul Sehrawat of Ontario in the final. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this win for Mehl, who is no stranger to the top of the podium, is that he still has one year of junior eligibility left and could win the BU19 title an unprecedented 3 consecutive times!
Abdelrahman Dweek garnered Team Alberta's second Gold Medal of the Junior Nationals, taking the BU15 title over 3/4 seed Mitchell Kahnert. It must have been an exceptionally satisfying win for Dweek, who made the final in both the 2014 and 2015 Junior National Championships but had to settle for Silver. Training has clearly paid off, as the win was decisive in 2016. Dweek tore through the draw without dropping a single game and only 57 points over the course of his 4 matches. In games to 11 points, his opponents averaged a measly 4.75 points per game against him.
The final Gold Medal for Team Alberta came in the BU13 division, with Mohamed Kamal taking the title over surprise finalist Gabriel Yun in three close games. Yun burst onto the scene this year, taking out both the 3/4 and 2 seeds on his road to the final, but Kamal was ready, having fought his way through to the final as well. Much like his hard-fought win at the Alberta Junior Jesters in the fall, his mental toughness was on display as he secured his first Junior National Title.
Team Alberta's two Bronze medals came on the girls side, from Bethany Churchill in GU17 and Jana Dweek in GU13. Both entered the event in the 5/8 seed and improved their result by making the semi-finals. Churchill lost by the narrowest of margins to eventual champion, Emma Jinks, 12-10 in the fifth game and actually scored more points than Jinks over the match (50-48), but was just short of a victory. Jana Dweek upset 3/4 seed Salma Mounir in the quarter-finals of the GU13 before falling to 2nd seed Sarah Cao in the semis to finish with a Bronze.
Two male and two female athletes were also selected to Team Alberta's Canada Cup Team prior to the start of the competition. Their finishes would garner them points, which would be combined to give a team total, and the province with the highest team total wins the cup! This year, buoyed by a 4-medal performance by the team, Alberta was crowned Canada Cup Champion for the first time in many years, narrowly beating out the host province of Ontario by just two points! Congratulations Team Alberta!!!
All in all, 30 athletes represented Alberta at the Junior National Squash Championships this past week. A full list of results for all team members can be found HERE
, or by visiting Squash Canada's Website
. Congratulations once again to ALL PARTICIPANTS of the event, and especially our medal winners. Alberta Team Full Results
Posted on 04/26/2016
2016 Junior Provincial Team
Squash Alberta's Junior Provincial Team was named earlier this month using the provincial rankings following the Junior Closed Championships at the end of February. Squash Alberta is proud to announce the following athletes have been selected in their respective age categories:
Michael Mehl U19 Emma Macgillivray
Brett Schille Gillian Chick
Noel Heaton U17 Bethany Churchill
Duncan Grace Amelia Knapp
Abdelrahman Dweek U15 Taylor Mackay
Kai Cunningham Molli Hay
Mohamed Kamal U13 Jana Dweek
Dominico Mendes Maddison Laine
Be sure to follow their results and cheer them on as they compete at the Junior National Squash Championships this week at the Mayfair Parkway Club in Markham, ON!
Posted on 04/22/2016