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Squash New Zealand Coaching Framework and Online Learning Platform

Squash New Zealand is excited to launch our refreshed coaching framework and Online Learning Platform. The framework has been developed in collaboration with our Coaches Advisory Group with input from Sport New Zealand. It describes the various coaching communities and the development opportunities associated with them.The framework introduces a blended learning environment which combines self-paced online modules with practical on court modules. To bring this learning environment to life Squash New Zealand has partnered with the Tarn Group to provide coaches with an online learning platform.

The online learning platform will provide coaches with access to online modules and resources related to the players they coach. We are pleased to announce that today this has gone live with three Foundation modules and resources. Further modules will be progressively added. Head over to our new coaching webpage to access view the framework and access the online learning platform.  


Squash New Zealand and Squash Player Magazine Partnership

Squash New Zealand are excited to announce our partnership with Squash Player Magazine. The partnership will allow squash players in New Zealand the opportunity to read the latest electronic version of Squash Player Magazine at no cost. 

Squash Player Magazine have been covering Squash since 1971 and the current issue features none other than New Zealand Number #1 and World #5 Paul Coll.


Squash New Zealand is looking for its next CEO

Squash New Zealand is currently searching for it’s next CEO to help drive the sport to new heights.

Squash New Zealand (Squash NZ) is the national governing body for squash in New Zealand. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for players to enjoy squash at all levels by leading, developing and promoting squash throughout New Zealand. Over 18,000 members play squash in over 200 clubs and schools across the country, and many more play on a casual basis.


Club Support Series

Coming off the informative webinar series ran by Squash NZ over the lockdown period. We are pleased to announce an upcoming 3-part club support series. The series will run from 3 topics, including a video and live webinar for each. We hope that all club representatives can hop on board and are helped by the information we wish to share.

The structure will allow participants to break down the video content and work together to share ideas and outcomes that best suit clubs.


Opportunity to join the Squash NZ Board

Are you passionate about our sport? Want to help shape the future of squash?

Squash New Zealand is currently seeking to appoint two new board members to help provide strategic vision and leadership on the Squash New Zealand Board.


Squash New Zealand Upcoming Events

Given the recent uncertainty that Covid-19 placed on a number of Squash events. Squash New Zealand are happy to confirm the dates for the below events. We are excited to be able to bring squash back to the competitive stage.


AON New Zealand Junior Nationals Individuals and Teams

Squash New Zealand are pleased to announce that the AON New Zealand Junior Nationals Individuals and Teams will be going ahead for 2020!

The event will be held at the Christchurch Squash Club on thier recently opened 8-court squash complex!


Squash New Zealand CEO moving on

Jamie Tong, Chief Executive, last week confirmed his resignation to the Squash New Zealand Board. 


Celebrating the life of Susie Simcock

Squash New Zealand joins the wider sporting community in celebrating the achievements of Susie Simcock who, following a short illness, passed away late last week.

A long-time member of Remuera Rackets Club, Susie has left an enduring impact not only on squash, but on the whole of sport in New Zealand.  Her inspirational contributions to squash included being elected the WSF's first, and only, woman President after serving as Vice-President for the previous seven years. On completing her maximum term of office in October 2002 she was appointed Emeritus President.


New Zealand Senior National Individual Championships

Squash New Zealand are excited to announce that the New Zealand Senior National Individual Championships is confirmed for the 28th – 30th August. The event will be held at North Shore Squash club, and we can’t wait to see New Zealand’s best in action.

Entries close August 3rd so get in quick! So you don’t miss out!To enter: https://squashnz.formstack.com/forms/nzsn2020


Squash NZ Events update

As New Zealand has now moved into level 2 and the playing of Squash can resume, we have established an events timeline that will keep you up-to-date as decisions are being made – This can be found here: Squash NZ Events Timeline


Club Update : May 2nd 2020

Firstly, I hope that everyone is ok in lockdown and as much as possible, making the most of some quiet time in your bubbles. This update covers the following:

What Alert Levels 3 and 2 mean for clubs Club support toolkits Online club forums Affiliation fees


Home Advantage - Sky Sport Next

Check out Paul Coll and your other favourite sporting personalities as they take you through a number of challenges and pro-tips in the new YouTube series, Home Advantage, available on Sky Sport Next.


Update on NZ Senior Teams and NZ Senior Individuals

Due to the impacts of covid-19; including funding being frozen, travel restrictions and players unable to currently take the court, it is with regret that New Zealand Senior Teams, due to be held at Hutt City, Wellington on the 28th-30th August have been officially cancelled for 2020.

The call has also been made to postpone New Zealand Senior Individual Championships on the 26th – 28th June, due to be held at North Shore Squash Club. We aim to hold this event from August onwards and an update will be provided on this following further government announcements – travel will play a major factor in this decision as well as player training time.


New Squash NZ Board members

Squash New Zealand has appointed 2 new board members who bring an exciting edge to our already established board members.


WSF World Junior Championship Cancellation

Unfortunate news for the squash world that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the WSF (World Squash Federation) and Squash Australia have regretfully agreed to cancel the WSF World Junior Championships that had been scheduled to take place in July 2020 on the Gold Coast.


Cousins Shield and Mitchell Cup announcement

The Covid-19 epidemic has taken the world by storm, and squash has been no exception to that. While we aim to offer all the best squash opportunities and competitions, we are currently facing unprecedented times.


Covid-19 - The impact on squash - 23rd March

The COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread through New Zealand and has already put a halt on the majority of squash activity.

 


Coronavirus Squash NZ Update - 19th March 2020

In line with the increasing preventative measures in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our collective responsibility to the wider squash community, Squash New Zealand and the 11 squash districts have suspended all National and District run events/competitions/training squads until May 1st effective immediately.  It is strongly advised that clubs follow this lead and suspend all club events and competitions until the same date May 1st effective immediately.


AON New Zealand Junior Open update - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The global impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a significant impact on people’s travel plans and the delivery of large sporting events. To this end, Squash NZ have been monitoring the developments daily, and we are taking advice from the Sporting Community, Government and the Ministry of Health regarding large gatherings.

Recently, all PSA World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour events have been suspended and the Oceania Junior Championships and Trans-Tasman Test Match series scheduled to occur in April, have been postponed until a later date (Earliest possible rescheduled date is December 2020)


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

With the number of Coronavirus cases increasing worldwide, and containment measures increasing Squash New Zealand recommends the following precautions in an effort to help keep the wider squash community safe.


Leung and Harrison Take Out Auckland Open Titles

After a remarkable comeback victory in his semifinal, Wellington squash player Evan Williams couldn’t continue his winning run in the final of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Squash Open at the North Shore Squash Club.

Williams, 30, had a scored a comeback from two sets and 1-7 down to win his semifinal over Tang Ming Hong (Hong Kong) but was beaten in straight games by Leung 11-2, 11-8, 1-4 for the PSA Challenger title at the North Shore Squash Club.   The tournament second seed and New Zealand’s third ranked men’s player wasn’t allowed by his Hong Kong opponent and tournament top seed Henry Leung to get into the match, with Leung controlling the court and not giving Williams any free points making him work hard in every rally in front of the large crowd.


Trans-Tasman team confirmed

A strong team containing players from almost the full length of New Zealand has been confirmed for the Executive Travel New Zealand junior Trans-Tasman Squash Test Series.


The best of squash hits Eden Epsom

The Barfoot and Thompson Summer Squash Series is bringing out some of the best in the sport from New Zealand and beyond.

In the two events so far there have now been four different title winners.


Mixed results for Kiwi top seeds at Henderson

The first tournament of the Barfoot and Thompson Summer Series was completed at the Henderson Squash Club with mixed results for the Kiwi top seeds.


NZSSA coaching opportunities

The NZ Secondary Schools Squash Association is looking for two motivated coaches to join the management team to travel to Brisbane in August 2020 for the annual Trans-Tasman Secondary Schools Competition.


A great draw has been confirmed for the men’s Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Squash Open with three players ranked within the top 100 in the world and five different nationalities taking part.

The tournament to be held at the North Shore Squash Club 5-8 March is worth US$6,000 for the men’s tournament and a women’s Satellite will also be played at the same time.


Squash NZ is calling for expressions of interests for National Team coaches

Trans-Tasman 2019 winners

 

We are looking for coaches to create a high-performance environment that is cohesive, inclusive, supports growth and produces athletes capable of learning and succeeding on the world stage as per the goals of the high-performance mission.


WSF World Masters Championships - Entries Open!!!

Entries are now open for the World Masters Championships.



Top squash will be coming to New Zealand as Wayne Werder is handed the flag for the staging of the next WSF Men's World Teams Championship to be staged in Tauranga in 2021.

Werder had the flag passed to him at the recent tournement in Washinton DC, won by Egypt and where New Zealand finished fifth.

From left in photo; WSF CEO, William Louis-Marie, Wayne Werder, Anthony Lanier from Squash On Fire and far right WSF Vice President Peter Lasusa.


The New Zealand men’s squash team has secured their best finish in 20 years with a 5th placing at the world championships in Washington DC today.

 

After the disappointment of losing their Pool match to Scotland which knocked them out of a semfinals place they then rattled off wins in their following contests including a win over Australia, Spain and finally Germany.


New Zealand’s Paul Coll has fallen short at the World Squash Championships final, in Doha, Qatar losing to Egypt’s world No.3 Tarek Momen (Egypt) in straight games.

 

Momen was appearing in back-to-back World Championship finals after falling to world No.1 Ali Farag in the previous tournament and displayed a masterclass of attacking squash saw him draw World No.5 Coll into the front of the court time and time again to power into a two-game lead.


A strong New Zealand men’s squash team has been confirmed for the world championships in Washington DC in December this year

 

The team has three players at their career high rankings with Paul Coll No.5 in the world, Campbell Grayson, 31 and Lwamba Chilese at 160. The fourth member of the team is Evan Williams from Wellington who is ranked 104.


National Champions of Champions Winners

The New Zealand Champions of Champions was held over the weekend at the Ohakune Squash Club! There were some massive matches and some very close battles in the finals. Thank you to everyone involved in the success of this event!

In the team challenge, Central came out on top!


Masters National Individual Champions Crowned in Timaru

The New Zealand Masters was a great success over the weekend with players from all across New Zealand and Australia competing for the title in their Age groups. Thank you to Midlands and Timaru Squash Club for all of the work they put into running this event.

Also congratulations to Kathryn McKay for winning the Rob Roche trophy for her service to Masters.


Exciting opportunity to join the Squash NZ team!

Squash New Zealand is looking to employ a full-time Communications & Support Manager to build the profile, inclusiveness of squash to current participants and new audiences throughout the country.

About the business


New Zealand squash pro, Paul Coll has moved up a spot to a joint career-high world No.5 ranking after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for October were released this morning.

Coll, 27, made a winning start to the 2019/20 season last month as he defeated Welshman Joel Makin to capture the Open de France, Nantes 2019, his 14th PSA trophy.

The Greymouth player, known on tour as ‘Superman’ for his incredible feats of athleticism, rose one spot ahead of Germany’s Simon Rösner, who drops down to No.6.


Squash NZ is calling for expressions of interests for 2019/2020 National Junior Squad Lead Coach positions.

We are looking for coaches to create a high-performance environment that is cohesive, inclusive, supports growth and produces athletes capable of learning and succeeding on the world stage as per the goals of the high-performance mission.

Coaches must demonstrate alignment to Squash New Zealand’s coaching attributes, core beliefs and the values of Haeta Poiatu.


World Squash Day returns on Saturday October 12th with ambitious plans to attract one million new players to the game over the next decade.

 

 

The theme for 2019 is for every club on the planet to open their doors and hold a free taster session called The Big Hit.


Measles Outbreak in Auckland - Junior Nationals 2019

From 1 January 2019 to 2 September 2019 there have been 963 confirmed cases of measles notified across New Zealand. 804 of these confirmed cases are in the Auckland region. Measles is highly contagious. Cases of measles are expected to rise in the foreseeable future, particularly in Auckland. Those not immunised against measles are at risk of contracting and spreading measles to others, particularly when gathering indoors, and/or for sports events, where athletes are in close contact with others, such as inside Squash Courts.

SNZ requests that anyone who is not yet immunised does not attend the forthcoming 2019 Junior National Championships unless they receive an MMR vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to the event i.e. by 19th September 2019.



Big Title For Campbell Grayson

New Zealand men’s squash No.2 Campbell Grayson has won the biggest title of his career with victory in the Houston Open in Texas today.

 The 33-year-old from Auckland beat top seed and world No.20 Ryan Cuskelly (Australia) in five games in the semifinals and then won the title in four games over Scotsman, Alan Clyne in the final.


A successful end to the individual part of the tournament for a number of New Zealand players with four out of five victories to win their sections of the tournament.

 Gabe Yam scored another good win. This time over Sharif Hamzar (Pakistan) 6-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-9 in 36 minutes to win the Plate.

 It took Elijah Thomas over an hour to win yesterday and today his match lasted one hour and three minutes as he defeated Myles McIntrye (United States) 8-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-2, 11-4 to win his section. 

 


Do you want to Manager the NZ Masters team in Timaru in October.

There's a trans-Tasman series against the Aussies and the NZ Champs as well. 

Check the description in the document attached.

trans-Tasman Masters teams and how they lined up in 2015


It's Action Time At World Juniors with a busy schedule on the cards for Kiwi players.


Washington Welcomes WSF Men's World Team Championship Nations

NZ No.1 Paul Coll

Defending champions Egypt are likely to be favourites for the 2019 WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship title in December when the USA hosts the biennial World Squash Federation event for the first time in its 52-year history in Washington DC.

23 nations will compete in the 26th edition of the championship which will be held, under the auspices of US Squash, at Squash On Fire, the new state-of-the-art membership-free eight-court facility in the U.S. capital from 15-21 December.


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