2016 World Championships
Racquetball Canada congratulates Team Canada on their performances at
the 2016 World Championships in Cali, Colombia, especially to Samuel Murray (Baie Comeau, Que.) who was a bronze medalist in Men's Singles, and to Frédérique Lambert (Montreal) & Jennifer Saunders (Winnipeg), who were bronze medalists in Women's Doubles.
The other team members were Pedro Castro (Brossard, Que.) in Men's
Singles, Mike Green (Hamilton) & Tim Landeryou (Calgary) in Men's
Doubles, and Michèle Morissette (Baie Comeau, Que.) and Christine
Richardson (Regina) in Women's Singles. The team was supported by Head
Coach Michel Gagnon (Longueuil, Que.), Assistant Coach Corey Osborne
(Penetanguishene, Ont.), and Physiotherapist Bob Fong (Vancouver).
Team Canada for 2016 Pan American Championships
Racquetball Canada congratulations its team on capturing 5 medals at the 2016 Pan American Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico! Winning silver in Women's Singles was Frédérique Lambert. Lambert and Jennifer Saunders got bronze in Women's Doubles, and Pedro Castro and Tim Landeryou were bronze medalists in Men's Doubles. Team Canada also got silver for the Women's Team performance, and bronze for the Overall Team performance. Mike Green and Samuel Murray were the other members of the team.
Michel Gagnon was the head coach for the team with Evan Pritchard as the assistant coach. Christian Lord was the physiotherapist, and Kurtis Cullen was there as an IRF referee.
2015 World Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Racquetball Canada congratulates the three medalists from the 2015 World Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Nicolas Bousquet (Montreal) earned bronze in both Boy's U18 Singles and Boy's U18 Doubles with Tanner Prentice (Macrorie, Sask.), and Trevor Webb (Cambridge, Ont.) earned bronze in Boy's U16 Singles.
Congratulations also to the good performances from the rest of the team: Danielle Drury (Saskatoon), Michèle Morissette (Baie Comeau, Que.), Graham Frattinger (Martensville, Sask.), Alexis Iwaasa (Lethbridge, Alta.), Marjolaine Parent (St Jacques de Montcalm, Que.), Ian Frattinger (Martensville, Sask.), Juilette Parent (St Jacques de Montcalm, Que.) Cassie Prentice (Macrorie, Sask.), Sean Sauvé (L'assomption, Que.).
Racquetball Canada Teams Announced for 2015-16 Season
Men's Elite Team
- Nicolas Bousquet (Montreal), Pedro Castro (Brossard, Que.), Vincent Gagnon (Montreal), Mike Green (Hamilton), Tim Landeryou (Saskatoon) & Samuel Murray (Baie Comeau, Que.)
Women's Elite Team - Danielle Drury (Saskatoon), Valerie Fallu (Brossard, Que.), Frédérique Lambert (Montreal), Michèle Morissette (Baie Comeau, Que.), Christine Richardson (Regina) & Jennifer Saunders (Winnipeg)
Men's Development Team -Barret Husulak (Saskatoon), Nathaniel Husulak (Saskatoon), James Landeryou (Saskatoon), Michael Leduc (Valleyfield, Que.) & Tanner Mattson (North Vancouver)
Women's Development Team - Alexis Iwaasa (Lethbridge, Alta.)
Josée Grand'Maître announces her retirement. (July 18, 2015)
2015 Racquetball Canada Awards
2015 Ivan Velan Award - Rick Mattson Referee / Builder.
2015 Sherman Greenfeld Award - Coby Iwaasa (Lethbridge, Alta.)
2015 Heather Stupp Award - Danielle Drury (Saskatoon)
2014 Racquetball Canada Awards
2014 Sherman Greenfeld Award - Ryan Bateman (Leamington, Ont.)
2014 Heather Stupp Award - Callie Hunter (Burlington, Ont.)
2014 Marc Caouette Award - Evan Pritchard (Winnipeg)
2013 Racquetball Canada Awards
2013 Sherman Greenfeld Award - Connor Culhane (Coquitlam, B.C.)
2013 Heather Stupp Award - Milana Paddock (Brandon, Man.)
Racquetball Canada Keeps its Team at Home
Racquetball Canada congratulates the eight athletes who qualified to represent Canada at the 2013 Pan American Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Women players: Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg, Christine Richardson of Regina, Fredérique Lambert of Montreal and Josée Grand'Maître of Longueuil, Quebec
Men players: Mike Green of Burlington, Tim Landeryou of Saskatoon, Eric Desrochers of Ancaster, Ont., and Vincent Gagnon of Montreal.
Unfortunately, because of warnings from the Government of Canada, Racquetball Canada will not be selecting coaches nor sending its team to the Pan-American championships. An advisory from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada "advises against non-essential travel to Cali due to the high level of violence in that city."
Read the March 2011 Newsletter
Racquetball Canada announces its team for the 2011 Pan Am Championships
Reigning national men's champion Mike Green and women's champion Jen Saunders will be leading Racquetball Canada's contingent into the 2011 Pan American Championships, slated for April 17-23 in Managua, Nicaragua.
Green, of Burlington, Ont., has won six Canadian singles and six doubles titles. He will be playing doubles with Saskatoon's Kris Odegard, a two-time singles champion who paired with Green to win the 2010 Canadian men's doubles championship. Vincent Gagnon of Montreal and Tim Landeryou of Saskatoon will be representing Canada in men's singles competition.
Saunders, of Winnipeg, has won four Canadian singles and six doubles titles, teaming for the latter crowns with Josée Grand'Maître of Longueuil, Québec. Grand'Maître will be playing doubles with Saskatoon's Brandi Jacobson Prentice while Montreal's Frédérique Lambert, the reigning 18-and-under women's singles champion and Saunders will represent Canada in singles.
The team was selected based on performance at the 2010 Canadian championships and two recent selection events.
Michel Gagnon of Longueuil, Québec and Loren Prentice of Saskatoon are the team's coaches. Isabelle Morneau of Montreal will be the physiotherapist and Cal Smith of Vancouver represents Canada as an official.
The Pan American Championships are a qualifying competition for the 2011 Pan American Games. Canada can send a full contingent of eight athletes to the Pan American Games if, in Nicaragua, the men's team places among the top four countries and the women's team places among the top thee countries. The 2011 Pan American Games will be held October 14-28 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Gagnon & Prentice named National Team Coaches for 2011 events
Racquetball Canada is pleased to announce Michel Gagnon of Longueuil, Que., and Loren Prentice of Saskatoon, as the National Team coaches for the 2011 Pan American Racquetball Championships and 2011 Pan Am Games.
This will be the 11th time Gagnon has been coaching the Canadian team at the Pan-American championships. Gagnon recently served as a coach for the Canadian team that placed second at the 2010 world racquetball championships in Korea. It was the seventh time Gagnon was a coach for the Canadian team at the world championships. He has also coached Canada in two previous Pan American Games, in 2003 and 1999. As a head coach at one of Racquetball Canada's training centres in Brossard, Que., plus through his participation as a Quebec coach at numerous levels, Gagnon has helped develop several athletes who are vying for spots on the Canadian team, including Vincent Gagnon and Frédérique Lambert.
Prentice has also helped develop several of Canada's top racquetball players, including Tim Landeryou and Brandi Jacobson Prentice, while overseeing a Racquetball Canada training centre in Saskatoon. Prentice coached Canada's junior team for 12 straight years, beginning in 1996, and led Saskatchewan's junior squad to 17 consecutive national titles, a streak that started in 1992. He has coached Canada's National Team five previous occasions, including the 2009 Pan American Championships.
The Pan American Championships are scheduled for April 15-23, 2011, in Managua, Nicaragua. Canada will send a team of four females and four males to the event, which is used as a qualifying event for the XVI Pan American Games slated for October in Guadalajara, Mexico. Canada's eight-member team is selected through qualifying events; the next Selection Event is scheduled for February 4-6, 2011, in Brossard, Que.
Racquetball Canada names the coaches for 2011 World Junior Championships
Racquetball Canada's coaches for the 2011 World Junior Racquetball Championships in the Dominican Republic will be Sue Swaine, Rino Langelier and Evan Pritchard.
The World Junior Racquetball Championships will run from July 24-30, 2011, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Read the December 2010 Newsletter
Team Canada wins seven medals at World Junior Championships
The Canadian Junior Racquetball Team earned 7 medals at the 2010 World Junior Racquetball Championships in Los Angeles, November 15-20: two silver and one bronze in singles and four bronze in doubles. The silver medalists were Pedro Castro and Frédérique Lambert, both of Montreal. They are the first Canadians to be in the Boys U18 and Girls U18 finals, respectively, in several years.
Castro got to the final with two wins on Friday as he defeated team-mate Jamie Slamko of Edmonton in the quarter finals and then American Bradley Kirch in the semi-finals before losing to American Taylor Knoth in the final, 15-5, 15-8. Castro and Slamko were also bronze medalists in doubles.
Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge got two bronze medals in Boys U14: one in singles and one in doubles with partner Sami Harb of Burlington, Ont. The Canadian boys doubles team of Samuel Murray (Baie Comeau, Que.) and Anthony Schonberger (New Westminster, B.C.) in Boys U16 also earned bronze medals.
On the girls side, Lambert beat Bolivian Adriana Riveros in quarter finals and American Danielle Key in the semi-finals, but lost to the Girls U18 final to American Aubrey O'brien, 15-6, 15-4. In Girls U14, the team of Michelle Morissette (Baie Comeau, Que.) and Mckenzie Brayley (Calgary) earned bronze medals.
Overall, there were 33 Canadians competing in Los Angeles. For a complete list of results, click here.
Jennifer Saunders and Vincent Gagnon won Women's and Men's Singles, respectively, at the Racquetball Canada Singles Selection Events in Brossard, Québec in January 2010, and they were interviewed afterwards. Interview with Vincent Gagnon, February 2010. Interview with Jennifer Saunders in February 2010.
Brandi Jacobson Prentice and Kris Odegard won Women's and Men's Singles, respectively, at the Racquetball Canada Singles Selection Events in Regina in November, 2009, and they were interviewed afterwards. Interview with Brandi Jacobson Prentice, November 2009. Interview with Kris Odegard, November 2009.