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Club Support Series - Participant experience and engagement

Squash New Zealand are happy to share with clubs the Club Support series final chapter : Participant Experience and Engagement

 


National Referee Awards

Nominations are now open for the National Referee Awards !

Refereeing and referees form a critical part of the squash landscape in New Zealand. Referees from across the country at all levels donate their time and knowledge to referee squash at all levels helping to ensure a fair match for all competitors whilst getting one of the best seats in the house

 


Coach of the year nominations are now open

The Squash New Zealand award nominations are now open. Players, club administrators and districts are asked to nominate their coaches and to provide a description of their achievements in coaching squash. The coaching awards have been aligned to match the Squash New Zealand Coaching Framework,

 


New Zealand Juniors brings our young squash stars together

Over 300 matches played in a condensed three days of competition meant there was no easy road to a title as the AON New Zealand Junior Squash Nationals came to a conclusion in Christchurch.

 


National Squash Centre Invitational PSA

New Zealand squash players looking for some top level play will be hitting the courts this weekend in a PSA Satellite at the National Squash Centre Invitational PSA. 

The tournament contains prizemoney and carries PSA ranking points and is an ideal warm up for some players in the Junior Nationals in Christchurch early next month as well as the Senior Nationals at the beginning of November.


Kiwi squash stars Paul Coll and Joelle King return to tournament play

International squash and the PSA tour hits the court this week for the first time since March with the Manchester Open featuring defending women’s champion, Kiwi, Joelle King plus countryman, Paul Coll in the men’s draw.


Superchamps and Junior Nationals update

Following the Government announcement of the extension of both Aucklands Level 2.5 Guidelines and New Zealands Level 2 Guidelines.

Squash New Zealand is pleased to announce that Superchamps due to take place next week from the 23rd of September, will continue with additional safety measures in place.


Campbell Grayson in his own words

With his retirement from the PSA Tour one of the ‘good guys’ of the sport, Campbell Grayson was keen to pass on a message in his own humble words to those in the sport in New Zealand about his 17 years in international play. 

 


Campbell Grayson retires from the PSA

One of the unsung, hard-workers of New Zealand sport has called time on the professional circuit after 17 years travelling around the world.

Campbell Grayson the world No.25 ranked squash player and four-time Commonwealth Games representative has decided to hang up his competitive racquet to concentrate on coaching and family life in the United States.


Squash New Zealand welcomes incoming Chief Executive Martin Dowson

The Squash New Zealand Board are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Dowson to the position of Chief Executive. Martin has been actively involved with Squash for 30 years across two districts and 3 clubs and is currently Vice President of Browns Bay Racquet Club in Auckland. He has participated in the last 3 New Zealand Master events so is no stranger to our game having a deep understanding from grassroots through to high performance.

His current position is General Manager, High Performance Sport New Zealand. He is stepping down from that role to pursue this leadership role in a sport he is passionate about.

 


Squash Player Magazine New Issue - Farewell Raneem

The new issue of Squash Player Magazine is now available to read for all New Zealand Squash members. This months issue includes a special article 'Remembering Susie'. Some kind words from former WSF Chief Executive Ted Wallbutton, who recalls his time with his great friend and colleague Susie Simcock.

The magazine has also complied a range of other stories as seen below by the Squash Player Magazine release:


New date for New Zealand Senior Nationals

We are pleased to announce that the New Zealand Senior Nationals 2020 will be going ahead between October 30th and 1st November.

The event will still be held at North Shore Squash Club.


New Zealand Senior Nationals Update

As many of you will be aware the Prime Minister and Director General of Health announced tonight that Auckland will be remaining in level 3 for the next 12 days until 26th August. Due to this announcement we are left with no choice but to postpone this event whilst we explore opportunities for rescheduling. If you have any questions please contact deanna@squashnz.co.nz


New Squash New Zealand Board members

Squash New Zealand has appointed two new board members, Shiree Hart and Dame Susan Devoy.

 


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.


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