CALLING CANADIAN STUDENT-ATHLETES – YOUR CHANCE TO REP CANADA AT THE 2020 WORLD UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS!

2020-01-23

The 2020 World University Squash Championships are around the corner, and we want to make sure that all eligible players are aware of this incredible opportunity!  March 10th deadline!

From July 17-23, 2020, the most talented young squash players from universities around the world will converge and compete in Shanghai, China for the 2020 World University Squash Championships. 

The World University Championships is run by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Since 1996, when squash was first added to the championships, FISU has gathered the best student athletes from around the world to compete at this international tournament every two years. Karim Darwish, Thierry Lincou and Raneem El Weleily have all achieved gold medals in this tournament and went on to become world number ones. Canada has earned medals in this championship before, including a gold medal won by Marnie Baizley in 2000 in the women’s singles event.

This event also showcases the diversity within our sport, as it attracts many players from different countries. In 2016, a record 19 countries participated in the championships. A prestigious international tournament for student-athletes, the World University Championships is a great opportunity for young players to compete and develop. 

There will be a singles event which Squash Canada will send 3 men and 2 women to compete in. These athletes will also be part of our roster for the team event, in which 2 men and 1 woman will be chosen from the roster to play in each team match against another nation. The event is self-funded. The approximate cost per participant for this event is expected to be between $3,000 to $4,000 (CAN) including airfare, accommodation, U Sports fees, cost sharing of a team leader, manager or coach (U Sport requirement). 

In order to be eligible, you must be at least 18 and no older than 25 years of age on 31 December of the year of the event. You must either be attending a university or have attained your degree in the year preceding the tournament. If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the intent to participate declaration form by March 10, 2020

Have more questions? Need more information? Interested and want to find out how you can compete?  View the links below: 

World University Championships web page.

Squash Canada’s World University Championship Selection Criteria

U Sports Information Bulletin for the Championship

Championship Technical Regulations

FISU Certificate of Academic Eligibility Form / Eligibility Requirements

Squash Canada contact:  Dan Wolfenden, dan.wolfenden@squash.ca, 613-228-7724 x201

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