The 2021 Canadian Junior Open has concluded and marked a successful return of international squash to Canada. This prestigious event was once again hosted by The Club at White Oaks in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON where 218 athletes competed over four days (December 11-14) in 428 high-intensity matches.
It was a very successful event for our Canadian players, with 30 Canadians finishing in the top five of their respective age categories and making the host nation proud. Canadians acquired a total of 16 medals and claimed three out of the eight possible Gold Medals. Congratulations to Hermione Cao (BC), Niki Shemirani (ON) and Syan Singh (ON) for winning Gold. For a complete list of winners – Click Here.
In addition, Squash Canada hosted the inaugural U23 PSA Satellite event, sponsored by Rouge River Brewing that took place on the new Squash Canada Power Glass Show Court. The event was well received by the athletes as a way for them to gain high performance competition and an opportunity to gain valuable points towards their PSA ranking. Congratulations to George Crowne (ON) and Brooke Herring (BC) for capturing the U23 titles.
Squash Canada would like to acknowledge the support of Forthlane Partners as presenting sponsor of the Canadian Junior Open and sincerely thanks the Government of Ontario, through the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for their invaluable support towards the return of the event. Squash Canada would also like to recognize our platinum and gold corporate partners Airsprint Private Aviation, AMJ Campbell, Slaight Music, Oxford Properties, Syra Holdings, Altas Partners, Bank of Montreal, Dunlop, Geotab, Mortgage Company of Canada, and YDC Pro for their part in inspiring our junior athletes through the glass court program to achieve international success.
“White Oaks would like to congratulate all the participants for a successful and exciting event. We appreciate all your sportsmanship and co-operation with the COVID rules. We would also like to thank Squash Canada for their support as well as all the referees, White Oaks staff and volunteers who made this tournament so great”, exclaimed Tournament Chair Matt Easingwood. “The dedication of the glass court to Jonathan Power was a memorable evening and so great to see the family members. Squash truly is a family sport, and I am very proud to be a part of it! Good luck everyone! Stay safe and remember: Fun, Fitness and Friendship!”
“I’m beyond happy to be the inaugural 2021 Canadian Junior Open U23 PSA Satellite champion. I had a great week here at White Oaks on the glass court and an amazing final against Juan. Hopefully we can keep putting on great events like this one and continue to grow our sport here in Canada and internationally.” – George Crowne (ON)
“First things first, I’m more than happy that the 2021 Canadian Junior Open was able to able to take place here at White Oaks Resort. I’m even more happy that Squash Canada hosted their very first U23 event and built a glass court to show case the growing talent among the Canadian juniors. I’m hyped that I got to play all my matches on the glass court and got to be the first champion of the Canadian Junior Open U23 PSA Satellite Tournament. Hopefully this new category will inspire the next generation of Canadian players to raise their game and start playing in PSA level tournaments.” – Brooke Herring (BC)