On the heels of its debut in 2021, Squash Canada’s all-glass Power Court is set to take centre stage at three iconic Canadian venues in 2023, bringing the sport of squash and its athletes to the public.
Named in honour of North America’s only World Champion and Canadian legend, Jonathon Power, the Power Court will be hosted at the Canadian Men’s Open (Bow Valley Square, Calgary), the Canadian Women’s Open (Brookfield Place, Toronto) and the Canadian Squash Championships (The Forum, Montreal) over a thrilling 4-month span.
First stop on the tour is the Oxford Properties Canadian Men’s Open presented by AirSprint Private Aviation, which will return to Bow Valley Square in Calgary, Alberta from February 13th – 17th. The event, a $55k (USD) PSA Bronze event is headlined by World Ranked (WR) #10 Victor Crouin, #11 Joel Makin, #13 Nicolas Mueller, #14 Miguel Rodriguez, as well as Canada’s top male athletes David Baillargeon (WR #56), Nick Sachvie (WR #103), and Connor Turk (WR #175).
In addition, Canadian star, Calgarian, and former WR #18 Danielle Letourneau will begin her comeback after a knee injury in June 2022 as the #1 seed in the $12k (USD) Expression Networks BVAC Women’s Open. This event is a companion event running alongside the Canadian Men’s Open, highlighting female athlete development.
The Power Court will then head to Toronto, Ontario for the $55k (USD) PSA Bronze Canadian Women’s Open presented by Slaight Music from March 26th – 30th. Hollie Naughton, 2022 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist and WR #17 will headline the event, hosted at one of the most iconic PSA World Tour venues in history, Brookfield Place. The event will build on the recent success of Squash Canada’s Senior Women’s Team, who placed 7th at the Women’s World Team’s Championships in Egypt and highlight the deep and talented crop of juniors rising in the international ranks.
Finally, for the first time ever, the Canadian Junior and Squash Championships are to be played concurrently in Montreal, Quebec from May 6th – 14th in a celebration of squash in our country. Canadian Squash Championships and Canadian Junior Closed Championships presented by Portage VC will host athletes aged 8 to 88 in junior, senior, masters and companion categories at the Montreal Forum, Club Atwater, and other clubs around the city as Squash Canada’s pinnacle events return to La Belle Province. Two-time defending men’s national champion David Baillargeon and Canadian legend Shawn Delierre will be sure to inspire their home province and the top juniors from around Canada in what will be an invigorating event in the 2022-23 season.
When asked about the significance and legacy, the court’s namesake Jonathon Power says he is looking forward to the series of glass court events and the impact it can have on the sport of squash: “The Power Court gives our top athletes critical glass court experience and can be erected in public places that expose tens of thousands of new people to the sport, generating the type of excitement squash deserves.”
The Power Court Tour could not be made possible without Squash Canada’s passionate, dynamic, and diverse community including Platinum corporate partners AirSprint Private Aviation, Altas Partners, AMJ Campbell, Brookfield, Dunlop, Oxford Properties, Pembroke Management, Richardson Wealth, Scotiabank, Slaight Music, Syra Group, and the Government of Canada.
For more information regarding the Power Court Tour, please visit www.squash.ca in the coming weeks for details including registration, tickets, draws, scheduling, broadcasting, and more.
For sponsorship, volunteer, and donation inquiries please contact Jamie Nicholls at Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org.