The Canadian squash community is mourning the passing of Arjun Gupta, multi-time National Champion and former Canadian National Team member who left the world too soon on July 22, 2023. Arjun began his prolific squash career winning the Boys U13 Canadian Junior Championship in 2004, under the guidance of coach Jamie Nicholls. He followed this up with the Boys U15 US Junior Open in 2005 and the 2008 U19 Ontario Championships. Later that year, as a member of Team Canada, Arjun medaled at the Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru. With training from Jonathan Power, Arjun went on to help Canada achieve their best historical finish at the World Junior Championships in 2010 alongside teammates Nicholas Sachvie, Andrew Schnell, Tyler Osborne and Coach Jonathan Hill, emerging victorious in the deciding match against England to earn the Bronze Medal. Arjun then starred for Cornell University as part of the Class of ’13, where the team peaked with a 4th place finish in the 2011 NCAA varsity championships.
After his time in the US, graduating from both Cornell University and Brooklyn Law School, Arjun returned to Canada and continued to dominate on the squash court, taking first place in the 2018 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships with partner Stephanie Edmison and in the 2018 Ontario Open Doubles Title with Will Mariani. In 2019, Arjun partnered with his brother Amar to earn the Bronze Medal at the Canadian Doubles Championship. During this period, Arjun could be found mentoring the next generation of juniors with Jim Paton at the Granite Club in Toronto both on and off the court. Arjun was part of one of the most decorated cohorts in Canadian junior squash history, achieving excellence on the court while prioritizing his friendships, family, and community that makes our sport unique and special.
You can visit Arjun’s obituary and pay your virtual respects here at: Mr. Arjun Gupta – Cardinal Funeral Homes. In keeping with his nature of giving, Arjun’s memory will live on through the Arjun Gupta Foundation, with details being released shortly.
Squash Canada extends their deepest sympathies to the Gupta Family and will forever remember Arjun as the great champion he was and the lasting impact he has made on the franchise for which he made his mark.