At the recent WA Squash AGM both Lyn Chandler and Sue Cowell were awarded WA Squash Life Membership. These ladies work tirelessly for their clubs but its the work they have undertaken for WA Squash that makes them worthy recipients due to the longevity of their services. Lyn and Sue have such a long list of achievements that couldn’t be put here, you will be able to read more in the next SWAN newsletter.
The recent WA RAC Sports Star of the Year Awards were held at Optus Stadium on 13 February. Erin Classen and Oscar Curtis were nominated for the 2019 Hyundai Junior Sports Star award. Although they were not selected as a finalist for the award, WA Squash would like to congratulate these juniors for their outstanding achievements last year.
Erin attended the event along with the 1977 winner Dean Williams.
This year, the Broome Squash Club has been recognised for its commitment to the community and has taken out the coveted Broome Sports Award for Best Club for 2019. The club was overwhelmed by the award and grateful for the recognition for efforts to maximise the sports exposure in the community and at all times maintaining the ethos of the club – “sportsmanship is everything”. Bursting to capacity the club has 85 registered senior and 40 junior players. It’s hard to believe with only two courts, the club is able to provide enough court time to support the growing interest in the sport.
Congratulations to Greg Chan from Vic Park Squash Club (who moved to the Gold Coast this year to further his Squash career as part of the Squash Australia Winning Edge program) who was awarded the MC Hazel Award for Boys Overall Best Player at the AJC this week which was held in Davenport.
MC Hazel votes are to be awarded for the most outstanding on court performances Votes are awarded to players for performance based on match result, improvement, courage and sportsmanship.
WA Squash has sent all clubs and presidents the forms to nominate the:
Junior of the Year
Junior Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Referee of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Please contact your club to nominate those worthy of these awards. We have so many fantastic people in our clubs helping out so why not nominate them. (please nominate as a club). Nominations close 6 October 2019.
2018 Award winners
Junior of the Year – Trey Mackenzie (Esperance)
Junior Player of the Year – Greg Chan (Vic Pk)
Coach of Year – Damon Macmillan (Mirrabooka) & Sue Hillier (Vic Pk)
Di has previously served on the WAMS committee, as well as 3 AMSA Perth Tournament committees, appearing in numerous “wrinklies revue’s”. She has competed at 3 World Masters Squash Tournaments (successfully) and in 1 World Masters Games representing WA/Australia. She is also a long time financial sponsor of WAMS.
We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this award – Di consistently promotes WA Masters Squash – every new player at Pennants or Clubs get asked “do you play Masters, do you want to play Masters? – you should, it’s great fun!”
She thoroughly deserves this award ‘Services to Masters Squash 2019’. Well done Di
At the recent Squash Australia Awards night (22 June) WA Squash Juniors Greg Chan (currently training at Squash Australia) and Oscar Curtis along with Qld Ethan Eyles were in contention for the Commonwealth Games
Association Award for Junior Male Athlete of the Year.
This was judged upon: results at National level events and WSF junior ranking events, results at local and state title events, rate of improvement throughout the judging year and actions on court – courteous and polite. This award was 25% public vote and 75% High Performance Working Group vote.
Greg Chan was voted the winner with presentations by Ben Houston from the Commonwealth Games Association.
Western Australian players have produced some excellent performances at the 2017 Australian Junior Age Titles held in Geelong Victoria. Our best ever haul includes three wins, one runner-up and two third placings.