Canada’s Top Talent Headed to Windsor Squash & Fitness Club

2018-02-15

Canada’s elite are arriving in the southern Ontario city of Windsor in advance of one of Canada’s premiere squash events.


With nineteen teams made up of fifty-nine competitors, the courts at the Windsor Squash & Fitness Club (WSFC) are ready to host the 2018 Ciena Canadian Men’s and Women’s Team Squash Championships. From February 16-18, the WSFC will welcome Canada’s top players as they represent their home Province/Territory in hopes of capturing the separate men and women teams’ national titles.
 
This year’s event provides fans with an experience no Professional Squash Association (PSA) world tour tournament has to offer, this much Canadian talent altogether competing in a single venue at one event. With 8 of Canada’s 10 High Performance Squad members, as well as 4 members of the Canada’s Transition Squad featured in the 2018 edition not even the largest PSA world tour event features that much Canadian talent at one time. 
 
Quebec is the current reigning champions in both the Men’s and Women’s events.  Bringing the same 3-man roster to the 2018 event, Quebec’s men look to repeat as national champions and enter as the #1 seed.  Led by Canada’s top ranked male and Canadian veteran, Shawn De Lierre, Quebec will face a tough 10-team draw in their journey to repeat. Amongst the competitively deep draw, looking to dethrone Team Quebec is #2 seeded, Team Alberta, who is led by 2016 Canadian men’s single champion, Andrew Schnell
 
On the Women’s side, Team Ontario enters the 2018 event seeded #1 led by Canada’s top ranked player Samantha Cornett (world ranked #23) and Canada’s reigning singles champion Hollie Naughton.   In their way, a national title-focused Team Alberta. Seeded #2 for 2018, Danielle Letourneau looks to guide Team Alberta as they seek to revenge their 2017 finals loss and battle back to the championship match up in hopes of earning the national title. 
 
Team PEI has fielded a young, talented squad, which features a sibling trio, including Canada’s top ranked Junior female, Emma Jinks.  Jinks is joined by brothers Connor and Liam who will represent PEI on the Men’s side. 
 
During the 3 days, over 100 matches will be played giving squash players, fans and the general public the opportunity to watch a number of high calibre performances. Admission will be FREE for spectators throughout the weekend including the championship matches scheduled for Sunday morning. The public is encouraged to come and cheer for the athletes and discover an amazing sport. With Canada’s elite filling the rosters, the 2018 event will be one of the most exciting to date – so get ready Southwestern Ontario, Canada’s best squash is headed your way!  
 
The full tournament schedule and other championship details can be found at http://squash.ca/en/events/2018-canadian-mens-womens-team-championships
 
Stay connected with the action, follow Squash Canada (@squashcanada) on twitter as we give followers results, news, and behind the scenes look throughout the weekend.  Join in on the fun and join the conversation by using #CienaCTC2018.
 
Can’t make it to the WSFC? We’ve got you covered with livestreaming on two courts all weekend long on squashstream.tv at  https://goo.gl/AYuQpr


FULL TEAM ROSTERS


WOMEN'S
Team Ontario 1: Samantha Cornett, Hollie Naughton, Micaala Seth
Team Alberta: Danielle Letourneau, Jackie Moss, Jamie Laird
Team Saskatchewan: Nikki Todd, Jaycee Spagrud, Carla Dyck
Team Manitoba: Alix Younger, Anika Alexander, Jordyn Lamber
Team Ontario 2: Marnie Baizley, Dilea MacGowan, Paula Jenkins
Team Quebec: Runa Reta, Tara Newman, Lea Provencal
Team Nova Scotia: Leah Boody, Niamh Campbell, Taylor Kosciukiewicz
Team P.E.I.: Emma Jinks, Tara Tishchio, Susie Fraser
Team Canadian Armed Forces: Jillian Sicard, Audrey Jordan, Courtney Whynot, Dominque Poulin
 
MEN'S
Team Quebec: Shawn De Lierre, David Baillargeon, Jason De Lierre
Team Alberta: Andrew Schnell, Graeme Schnell, Jacob Hooker
Team Ontario 1: Mike McCue, Cam Seth, Albert Shoihet
Team Ontario 2: Blake Reinson, David Mill, George Crowne
Team Manitoba: Dave Glass, Evan Mancer, Connor Turk
Team British Columbia: Marco Antonio Toriz Caddo, Harry Freeman, Matthew Henderson
Team Nova Scotia: Matthew Bishop, Douglas Koschiukiewicz, James Wisemen
Team P.E.I.: Michael Buchanan, Connor Jinks, Liam Jinks
Team Saskatchewan: Thomas King, Noah Wernikowski, Mateo Buitrago
Team Canadian Armed Forces: Jean-Francois Moreau, Jimmy Leclerc, Simon Comtois, Thomas Mahoney
 
ABOUT SQUASH CANADA
Founded in 1915, Squash Canada is a non-profit, national sport governing body responsible for the development of athletes, coaches and officials and sets the standards for Canadian squash. Squash Canada is a proud member of the Pan-American and World Squash Federations and participates in the Pan-American Championships, Commonwealth & Pan-Am Games as well as World Championships at the junior and senior level. Each year Squash Canada hosts nine national championships across the country and works with its provincial and territorial partners to promote the growth and development of squash across the country.  For more information, please visit www.squash.ca.
 
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For more information:
Britany Gordon
Programs Manager, Squash Canada
(613) 228-7724 x202
britany.gordon@squash.ca
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