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
Alberta Open Results
Squash Alberta's final fixture event of the season, the GBE Fund Alberta Open, wrapped up last weekend with Andrew Schnell and Danielle Letourneau (both of the Glencoe Club, Calgary) capturing the Men's & Women's Open titles. A big thank you to all the tournament sponsors, officials and players that participated in this year’s event. Saturday night was highlighted with the Squash Alberta Volunteer awards honouring Alvin Thomas (Edmonton), Patty Lew Lapointe (Calgary), and Bob Grose (Edmonton). More information on the 2016 Award Recipients can be found HERE
.Winners & Runners Up from the GBE Fund Alberta Open. From left to right: Jamie McIlroy (Tournament Committee Member), Patrick Clinton (Men's A Runner Up), Justin Anderson (Men's A Champion), Andrew Schnell (Men's Open Champion), Danielle Letourneau (Women's Open Champion), Melina Turk (Women's Open 3rd), Jake Hooker (Men's Open 3rd), Tyler Lee (Men's Open 4th), Noel Heaton (Men's Open 5th), Ian Power (Men's Open Runner Up), and Cory Paddock (GBE Managing Director).
James McIlroy (Tournament Committee Member) pictured with Taylor Mackay (Women's A Champion) and Nicole Temple (Women's A Runner Up).
Posted on 04/18/2016
Squash Alberta Annual Awards
Each year Squash Alberta seeks nominations from its members for individuals, companies, or volunteer groups who have gone above and beyond to grow and promote the sport of squash within the province. Whether that is based on work performed in the previous year, over several years, or during one single, momentous event, Squash Alberta recognizes these contributions in the form of annual awards. Three awards were presented to individuals last weekend at the Alberta Open; two for distinguished volunteers (Alvin Thomas and Patty Lew Lapointe), who have made outstanding contributions to squash in Alberta, and our President’s Award (Bob Grose), given to an individual who has made an exceptional and sustained contribution to our sport over the years. Click on the links below to learn more about these outstanding individuals and the various ways they have dedicated their lives to squash within the province.
Alvin Thomas Bob Grose Patty Lew Lapointe
Distinguished Volunteer Award President's Award Distinguished Volunteer Award
Posted on 04/15/2016