2018 IRF World Junior Championships
Canadian athletes are bringing home four medals from the 2018 International Racquetball Federation World Junior Championships held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, November 3-10.
Juliette Parent of Saint-Jacques de Montcalm, QC and Cassie Prentice of Macrorie, SK won silver in the U16 Girl's Doubles event, defeating several strong teams along the way. To advance to the final, the team had a solid win in their semi-final against Mexico, winning 15-8, 15-12. Mexico is one of the dominant nations in the sport.
The team faced a very strong team from Bolivia in Saturday's final, losing 15-8, 15-7. In both games, the Bolivian team scored several quick points but Parent and Prentice fought back. They did well, especially considering both members of the Bolivian team also won their singles divisions at this World Junior Championships and one of the two was a member of the team that recently won the World Championship Women's Doubles title.
Team Canada also won three bronze medals in doubles events.
Alexis Iwaasa of Sylvan Lake, AB and Marjolaine Parent of Saint-Jacques de Montcalm, QC won bronze in the U18 Girl's Doubles.
Ian Frattinger of Martensville, SK and Sean Sauvé of L'Assomption, QC won bronze in the U16 Boy's Doubles, improving on their 5th place result from last year.
In their first year of competition at the World Junior Championships, Ofelia Wilscam and Tamara Wilscam won bronze in the U14 Girl's Doubles.
In the team standings, the Canadian girls team finished in fourth place and the boys team was sixth helped by Nathan Jauvin (Terrebonne, QC) and Christian Pocsai (New Hamburg, ON) in Boy's U14. This gave Canada a combined fourth place finish at the tournament, which is one place higher than in 2017.
Coaching the team were Michel Gagnon (Head Coach) and Corey Osborne (Penetanguishene, ON) and Rino Langelier (Brossard, QC). Look to the IRF website for results or Racquetball Canada's page on Facebook.
2018 Racquetball Canada Invites Nominations for Hall of Fame & Awards Program
Racquetball Canada is inviting nominations for the Racquetball Canada Hall of Fame and Awards Program. Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2019. The Hall of Fame honours those who have distinguished themselves as an exceptional athlete or a member of an exceptional team at the national or international level and those who have impacted the sport nationally or internationally as a sport builder such as a coach, official, sport leader, administrator, etc.
Racquetball Canada's Award Program is comprised of six awards which recognize athletes, builders, coaches and volunteers. The awards include the Ivan Velan Award and the Susan Livingston Award, which honour two fo the sport's distinguished past members.
Racquetball Canada is committed to recognizing those who have contributed to the sport. We receive nominations for very worthy recipients from provincial associations, clubs and individuals annually and we hope that you will consider nominating someone you feel is deserving of this type of recognition.
National Tournaments for 2018-19
Racquetball Canada has announced its four tournaments for 2018-2019.
The 1st National Team Selection Event - November 23-25, 2018 in Valleyfield, Québec.
The 2nd National Team Selection Event - February 1-3, 2019 in Grande Prairie, Alberta
The Junior National Championships - April 24-27, 2019, Valleyfield, Québec.
The National Championships - May 19-25, 2019 in Langley, British Colombia.
For more information, please contact Adrian Webb.
Proposals for Racquetball Canada Tournaments in 2019-20
Racquetball Canada is looking for proposals for hosting its tournaments in 2019-2020.
The 1st National Team Selection Event will be in November 2019, and proposals should be received by 30 October 2018.
The 2nd National Team Selection Event will be in February 2020, and proposals should be received by 31 January 2019.
The Junior National Championships will be in April 2020, and proposals should be received by 31 March 2019.
The National Championships will be in May 2020, and proosals should be received by 30 April 2019.
For proposal information please contact the Administrator of High Performance & Sport Development.
Racquetball and Parkinsons
Jacques Seguin uses racquetball to help him deal with his Parkinsons condition. Look at how he does it at his website.
Also, Nova Scotia Racquetball has made a video of how people use racquetball to help them deal with their Parkinsons condition.
Let's Play Racquetball
Racquetball Canada has launched the - www.letsplayracquetball.ca website - to help introduce racquetball to boys and girls
(7-14 years) both on racquetball courts and away from racquetball courts.
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