Junior National Squad – Player Bios

Squash Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the NextGen and Junior National Squad programs; two critical pathways for top young athletes designed to lead Canada back to the forefront of global squash.

In collaboration with P/Ts and our high performance/junior coaching communities, the NextGen and Junior squads will address the current gap in development for top junior, US College student athletes and aspiring young PSA players. The program will identify up to 24 female and 24 males and support them in all aspects of their journey to represent Canada at an international level. As always, all Canadian athletes interested in wearing the Maple Leaf are encouraged to reach out to Manager, Athlete Development Samantha Cornett at samantha.cornett@squash.ca at anytime.

Squash Canada and our partners are excited to usher in the next era of Canadian squash and look forward to building on the success of our national program both historically and in the present.

Roman BicknellSamuel BoulangerHermione CaoDaniel DeverillAshley HallEwan HarrisKeira HickoxTsz Ling Alyssa HoFaazil KhanMichael KnappJacob LinOcean MaSpring MaAnanya MaheshwariWasey MaqsoodMaria MinYoussef Sarhan

Hometown: West Vancouver, British Columbia
Birthday: 18 August 2006
Current club(s): Evergreen Squash Club
Current coach(es): Thomas Brinkman
Current sponsor(s): Unsquashable
Racquet make and model: SynTech Pro
Shoe make and model: Asics Rockets
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 9
What is your favourite shot? Volley kill
Social media: @roman_bicknell (Instagram)

Quote: “I am super excited to be a part of the 2023-24 Jr National Squad. It’s an honour to represent Canada.”

Fun fact: “Solo practice before school is not as bad as you think.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 Pan Am Junior Squash Championship
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • U17 Champion, 2023 British Columbia Closed Championship

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 Pan Am Junior Squash Championship
  • Bronze medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Birthday: 12 January 2006
Current club(s): Jericho Tennis Club
Current coach(es): Richard Yendell
Current sponsor(s): Harrow
Racquet make and model: Harrow Spark
Shoe make and model: Asics Gel-Tactic
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 11
What is your favourite shot? Cross-court lob
Social media: @herms.chy(Instagram)

Quote: “I am excited to be part of the 2023-24 National Squad and continue to represent my country in major international competitions. With this honour, I strive to serve as a role model for younger athletes and bring more passion to this sport.”

Fun fact: “I always say ‘sorry’ to my opponent when I hit a lucky shot.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • Team Canada, 2022 Battle of the Border
  • U17 Bronze medalist, 2022 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U17 Champion, 2021 Canadian Junior Open

Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario
Birthday: 28 September 2005
Current club(s): KW Racquet Club, Cedar Springs
Current coach(es): Reiko Peter, Jeff Deverill
Current sponsor(s): Dunlop
Racquet make and model: Dunlop Sonic Core Elite
Shoe make and model: Asics Gel-Blade 8
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 4
What is your favourite shot? Straight drive
Social media: @daniel_deverill (Instagram)

Quote: “I am honoured and excited to be named to the 2023-24 Squash Canada National Squad. This opportunity represents a culmination of hard work and dedication, and I look forward to representing my country on the court.”

Fun fact: “I dream to be a part of the 2028 Olympic Games.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Silver medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • Bronze medal, 2023 Canada Winter Games Individual Event
  • U19 Bronze medal, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Birthday: 8 May 2006
Current club(s): Badminton and Racquet Club
Current coach(es): Marci Sier
Current sponsor(s): Harrow
Racquet make and model: Harrow Vapour (Misfit)
Shoe make and model: Asics
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 9
What is your favourite shot? Backhand kill
Social media: @ashley.hall_ (Instagram)

Quote: “I am so excited to be a part of a wonderful community and I can’t wait to experience all the competition ahead of me!”

Fun fact: “I started off playing with a foam ball and when I moved to Toronto I started playing competitive squash at nine years old.”

Accomplishments

  • Bronze medalist, 2023 Pan Am Junior Squash Championship Doubles Event
  • Bronze medalist, 2023 Pan Am Junior Squash Championship Team Event
  • Silver medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • U15 Bronze medalist, 2021 Canadian Junior Closed Championship

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Birthday: 23 September 2005
Current club(s): Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Kinetic Indoor Racquet Club
Current coach(es): Wael El Hindi, Andrew Thompson, Mark Porter
Current sponsor(s): N/A
Racquet make and model: Kinetic Club Racquet
Shoe make and model: Asics
Left- or right-handed: Left
What age were you when you started playing squash? 6
What is your favourite shot? Backhand cross baby kill
Social media: @ewan.harris_ (Instagram)

Quote: “I appreciate Squash Canada’s support to Canadian players.”

Fun fact: “I am a nervous wreck before matches.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 Pan Am Junior Squash Championship
  • Bronze medalist, 2023 Pan Am Junior Squash Championship Doubles Event
  • U19 Champion, 2022 Canadian Junior Open
  • U17 Champion, 2022 Canadian Junior Nationals

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario
Birthday: 26 July 2007
Current club(s): Greystone Racquet Club
Current coach(es): Jamie Hickox
Current sponsor(s): Head
Racquet make and model: Head SB120
Shoe make and model: Asics
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 8
What is your favourite shot? Straight kill
Social media: @keiraahickox (Instagram)

Quote: “Very excited for the opportunity to be apart of something so big.”

Fun fact: “I used to have a double handed backhand.”

Accomplishments

  • U17 Silver medalist, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U17 Bronze medalist, 2022 Canadian Junior Open

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthday: 29 December 2006
Current club(s): Tabor Academy
Current coach(es): Guillermo Moronta
Current sponsor(s): NA
Racquet make and model: Blue Harrow Vapor
Shoe make and model: Asics Gel Rocket
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 7
What is your favourite shot? Backhand volley drop
Social media: @a1yssaho (Instagram), @rizzgodlyzzy (TikTok)

Quote: “This is so amazing! I’m honoured to be able to represent my country playing a sport I love.”

Fun fact: “Nerds gummy clusters are my weakness and I also play ice hockey!”

Accomplishments

  • U19 Champion, 2023 Providence Junior Gold
  • U17 Champion, 2022 Canadian Junior Open
  • U15 Champion, 2021 Canadian Junior Open
  • 5x National Junior Champion in Hong Kong, U11-U15

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Birthday: 16 June 2006
Current club(s): Kent School
Current coach(es): Nikhil Seth, Javed Khan
Current sponsor(s): NA
Racquet make and model: Harrow
Shoe make and model: Adidas
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 8
What is your favourite shot? Backhand volley kill
Social media: NA

Quote: “It is an honour to represent your country on the World stage. Being part of the 2023-24 Squash Canada National squad, it gives me immense pleasure and motivation to work even harder.”

Fun fact: NA

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Bronze medalist, 2023 Pan Am Junior Squash Championship Doubles Event
  • U17 Champion, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U17 Champion, 2023 Ontario Provincial Junior Open
  • U17 Champion, 2022 Canadian Junior Open
  • U17 Champion, 2022 Ontario Provincial Junior Closed
  • U13 Champion, 2018 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • Achieved top 1 in ranking in Canada for every category (U11, U13, U15, U17)

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Birthday: 27 September 2005
Current club(s): London Squash & Fitness Club, The Glencoe Club
Current coach(es): Chris Hanebury, David Duncalf
Current sponsor(s): N/A
Racquet make and model: Head Radical 135 SB
Shoe make and model: Asics gel blast
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 6
What is your favourite shot? Backhand lob
Social media: @_michaelknapp (Instagram)

Quote: “I am honoured to be selected and excited to destroy our competition.”

Fun fact: “I love to play tennis.

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Bronze medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • Champion, 2019 and 2018 PNW

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Birthday: 4 August 2005
Current club(s): Vancouver Squash Academy, Jericho Tennis Club
Current coach(es): Marco Toriz, Richard Tendell
Current sponsor(s): NA
Racquet make and model: Prince
Shoe make and model: Asics
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 9
What is your favourite shot? Cross nick
Social media: NA

Quote: “It’s always an honour to be a part of the Squash Canada National Squad. I’m really grateful to be in this amazing community that genuinely takes care of me and improves my squash.”

Fun fact: “I was named after a character from Twilight.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • U19 Champion, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Individual Event
  • Recipient of the Massy Gollden Trophy, 2023
  • Recipient of the Ernie Rogers Bowl, 2023
  • Team Canada, 2022 World Junior Squash Championship
  • 5x Canadian Junior National Champion
  • Recipient of the Zac Ezekowitz Memorial Scholarship Award, 2022
  • Recipient of the Squash BC Kevin Kydd Junior Service Award, 2022

Hometown: Richmond, BC
Birthday: 17 December 2006
Current club(s): Vancouver Squash Academy
Current coach(es): Marco Toriz
Current sponsor(s): Dunlop
Racquet make and model: Sonic Core Ultimate 132
Shoe make and model: Asics gel-renma
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 11
What is your favourite shot? Backhand drop
Social media: @oceanmly (Instagram)

Quote: “I am so thrilled to continue my journey on the Junior National Squad this year and will make Squash Canada proud!”

Fun fact: “I take 40-minute showers sometimes.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Team Canada, 2022 World Junior Squash Championship
  • U19 Champion, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U17 Champion, 2023 BC Provincials
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Individual Event
  • U17 3rd Place, 2022 US Junior Open
  • U19 Champion, 2022 BC Junior Open
  • U17 Champion, 2022 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U19 3rd Place, 2021 Canadian Junior Open
  • U15 Champion, 2021 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U19 Champion, 2021 Alberta Jesters
  • U17 Champion, 2021 BC Junior Open
  • U13 Champion, 2019 Canadian Junior Open
  • U17 Champion, 2019 Alberta Jesters
  • U17 Champion, 2019 BC Junior Open
  • U15 Champion, 2019 Pacific Northwest Jesters

Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia
Birthday: 17 December 2006
Current club(s): River Club, Vancouver Squash Academy
Current coach(es): Marco Toriz, Memo Cortez
Current sponsor(s): Harrow
Racquet make and model: Harrow Vibe
Shoe make and model: Asics Gel Rocket
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 11
What is your favourite shot? Backhand drop
Social media: @springma_ (Instagram)

Quote: “I am so excited to represent Canada and proud to be a part of a community and put the growth of this sport first.”

Fun fact: “I am very superstitious!”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • U17 Champion, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • Silver medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Individual Event
  • U19 Champion, 2023 Ontario Junior Open
  • Team Canada, 2022 World Junior Squash Championship
  • U19 Champion, 2022 Alberta Jesters Championship
  • U17 Champion, 2022 British Columbia Provincial Championship
  • U19 Silver medalist, 2022 Canadian Junior Open
  • Achieved top 2 in ranking in Canada for every category (U13, U15, U17, U19)

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Birthday: 20 September 2005
Current club(s): Windsor Squash and Fitness
Current coach(es): NA
Current sponsor(s): Dunlop
Racquet make and model: Dunlop Sonic Core Revelation Pro Lite
Shoe make and model: Asics Gel-Rocket
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 5
What is your favourite shot? Backhand volley drop
Social media: @ananya_m46 (Instagram)

Quote: “I’m excited to have been named to the 2023-24 Squash Canada National Squad. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication I’ve put into my training, and I look forward to representing my country at the highest level of competition.”

Fun fact: “I used to play with two hands until I was 12.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Silver medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • William Bannerman Spirit of the Game, 2020
  • Team Canada, 2019 Battle of the Border
  • 3x Ontario Open Champion (2015, 2016, 2021)

Hometown: Milton, Ontario
Birthday: 26 January 2006
Current club(s): Cedar Springs Health Racquet and Sportsclub
Current coach(es): Reiko Peter
Current sponsor(s): Dunlop
Racquet make and model: Revelation Pro ( Ali Farag)
Shoe make and model: Adidas Stabil
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 8.5
What is your favourite shot? Forehand volley cross nick
Social media: @wasey_m2q (Instagram)

Quote: “I am very honored to be included in Squash Canada National Squad with all my fellow elite players. I am also very determined to represent Canada to the best of my ability and beyond so that we can achieve the ultimate goal and bring glory to squash in Canada.”

Fun fact: “My favorite meal is ribeye steak.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Silver medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • U17 Silver medalist, 2022 Canadian Junior Open

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Birthday: 15 May 2006
Current club(s): Jericho Tennis Club, Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club
Current coach(es): Richard Yendell, Viktor Berg
Current sponsor(s): Harrow
Racquet make and model: Vibe
Shoe make and model: Asics Renma
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 6
What is your favourite shot? Backhand cross court volley fade
Social media: @maria.f.min (Instagram)

Quote: “I am so grateful to be on the National Squad and look forward to making my last junior season my best one yet!”

Fun fact: “I’m allergic to oranges and mangoes.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • U19 Silver medalist, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • Gold medalist, 2023 Canada Winter Games Team Event
  • Team Canada, 2022 World Junior Squash Championship
  • Silver medalist, 2022 Pan American Squash Championships Team Event
  • 3x Canadian Junior National Champion
  • 4x BC Provincial Champion

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Birthday: 10 December 2006
Current club(s): Club Sportif MAA
Current coach(es): David Philips, Yvon Provencal
Current sponsor(s): Dunlop
Racquet make and model: Dunlop Sonic Core Ultimate 132
Shoe make and model: Adidas Barricade M SN15
Left- or right-handed: Right
What age were you when you started playing squash? 5
What is your favourite shot? Forhand drop
Social media: @youssefsarhan (Instagram)

Quote: “I am honoured to be named to the 2023-24 Squash Canada National Squad. This recognition is a reflection of my dedication and hard work in the sport. I look forward to representing my country and pushing my limits on the squash court.

Fun fact: “I love travelling and exploring the world.”

Accomplishments

  • Team Canada, 2023 World Junior Squash Championship
  • U19 Silver medalist, 2023 Ontario Junior Open
  • U19 Champion, 2023 Ontario Junior Gold
  • U17 Silver medalist, 2023 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U19 Silver medalist, 2022 Alberta Jesters Championship
  • U17 Bronze medalist, 2022 Canadian Junior Open
  • U17 Bronze medalist, 2022 Canadian Junior Closed Championship
  • U15 Champion, 2021 Canadian Junior Closed Championship