Sharon Trenaman Hall of Fame Induction

For the first time ever, squash will be represented in the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame as former coach Sharon Trenaman is inducted this year within the "Builder" category. For more information on the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony, please consult their website: HERE. Builders represent perhaps one of the most important positions within sport, as these are the individuals with the areas of coaching, officiating, and various volunteer positions, who have contributed endless hours within their respective sports to make them what they are today. This is certainly reflective of "Tren's" contribution to squash, which spanned two decades, and included the cultivation of numerous national calibre athletes, as well as the hosting of events and development of programs which supported one of the strongest squash communities in the country.

Sharon relocated to Canada in 1984 and quickly found employment as a Squash Professional and Club Manager at the Kings Court Club in Calgary. Her skills had an immediate impact, and she was recruited to the Edgemont Club for a year, and then the Calgary Winter Club from 1986-2002. During her tenure she grew the junior program to nearly 100 participants, developed junior national champions/contenders such as Douglas Parent and Eric Watson, and spearheaded initiatives like the National Junior Teams Tournament, which brought integral development and competitive opportunities to the province. She served Squash Alberta as Participation Development Chairperson, Coaching Chairperson, and Vice President Player Portfolio before becoming Squash Alberta's first Provincial Coach in 1993, a position she held for six years. At the national level, she served on Squash Canada's Junior Rankings subcommittee and its Coaching Committee during the late 1980's and early 1990's. During this time she also served as the Assistant Junior National Women's Coach for four years, being promoted to head coach in 1994. In 1995 she served as the Technical Advisor for the Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, and once again served as Head Coach for the Junior National Women's Team at the World Championships in Australia.

Below are a brief list of Sharon's awards:

Squash Alberta
Squash Professionals Award - 1987, 1988, 1989
Squash Ambassador Award - 1990
President's Award - 1993

Alberta Sport Council
Coaching Recognition Award - 1991

Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Coaching Recognition Award for Individual Sport - 1991

Squash Canada
Female Coach of the Year 

3M Coaching Canada
Coaching Award Finalist - 1992 and 1993

Sharon Trenaman had an enormous and positive impact on the sport of squash within the province, as evidenced by her years of of work coaching and volunteering, the awards and recognition she has received, and the supportive words of those whose lives she has touched within the squash community. We offer our most sincere congratulations on her well-deserved induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as well as our deepest thanks for all she has done for squash over the years.

Congratulations Sharon Trenaman!

Posted on 05/19/2017

Summer Student Position

Squash Alberta is pleased to announce an opening for a Junior Administrator at its Calgary-based office over the summer. The position is a 9-week contract beginning June 5th and is open to current secondary and post-secondary students returning to studies in the fall. Inquiries or submissions can be sent to Squash Alberta's Executive Director. Applications must be received by 5:00pm Friday May 26, 2017 to be considered.

Full details are in the job posting below. Please circulate to any students you know who may be interested.

Junior Administrator Job Posting
Posted on 05/18/2017

2017 Nationals Results

It has certainly been a roller coaster of a squash season this year, with Alberta athletes reaching new heights on the PSA, and Squash Alberta serving up a chalk-full schedule of events within the province. Congratulations to all 16 Alberta players who participated in the 2017 National Championships this year; you represented us proudly! While results may be disappointing to some, as we had several athletes with Gold on their mind at the beginning of the week, we at Squash Alberta are nonetheless proud of your accomplishments and know that this adversity will only fuel bigger and better things in the future. 

A special congratulations goes out to the athletes listed below, who finished in the top 4 of their divisions at the Nationals. We hope you had a wonderful squash season and wish you the best of luck next year as well.

Danielle Letourneau         2nd        Women's Open
Andrew Schnell               4th         Men's Open
Nora Kamal                    1st         Women's A
Malak Kamal                  1st          Women's B
Julie Multamaki               3rd        Women's 50+

For full results from all draws, please consult Squash Canada's Website.

Posted on 05/09/2017

Glencoe Junior HP Camp

The Glencoe Club in Calgary will once again play host to a High Performance Junior Camp led by one of the world's most successful coaches. David Pearson will be in town May 26-28 to impart knowledge gained over decades working with 4 World Champions. See the poster below, or call the Glencoe Club directly for more information or to register!

Posted on 05/06/2017

National Championships

Squash Canada's National Championships are underway, and Alberta's top athletes are doing well. 

Andrew Schnell and Danielle Letourneau (Calgary) have both made it through to the semi-finals and will be playing later today for their chance to secure medals at this prestigious event.

Danielle defeated Marnie Baizley in the first round in 3 games before dismissing youngster Alyssa Mehta in four to secure her place in the semis. Andrew's journey to the semi-finals was less taxing, as he dispatched fellow Albertan Brock Janzer and quarter-final opponent Jason DeLierre in 3 quick games each, giving up less than 4 points per game along the way. 

Both will face much tougher tests today though, as Danielle faces off against former National Champion and PSA Player of the Month, Samantha Cornett, who returned this season after an injury sidelined her for most of 2015-16. These two last faced off in March of this year, in the final of the CFO Calgary Consulting Services Women's Squash Week PSA event, which Cornett won in an unexpectedly one-sided contest. Letourneau has been training hard, and will be looking to avenge that loss today.

Andrew, in an interesting twist, will also be seeking revenge, albeit in a slightly different way. He faces off against Mike McCue, who yesterday in the quarter-finals defeated his older brother Graeme in 4 hotly contested games. Schnell should certainly be the fresher of the two, but it will be interesting to see if McCue's style gives the younger brother as much trouble as it did the elder yesterday.

Other AB athletes in action include Graeme Schnell who, as mentioned previously, lost to Mike McCue in the quarter-finals and will face Jason DeLierre in the 5/8 consolation today. Brock Janzer, who upset 5/8 seed David Glass yesterday, lost his consolation match earlier today and will play for 11th tomorrow. Jake Hooker lost in the final round of qualifying on Tuesday. 

Open matches are being streamed today and tomorrow for the semis and finals. Tune in at: UStream.tv to check out our athletes in action! Local match times for today are:

Graeme Schnell: 1:00pm
Andrew Schnell: 2:00pm
Danielle Letourneau: 5:00pm

Posted on 05/05/2017

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