Squash Waikato is pleased to announce Joelle King as the Squash Waikato Ambassador
(actually we are more than pleased, we are absolutely stoked :))
Squash player Joelle King is one of New Zealand's most decorated Commonwealth Games athletes having won an impressive six medals.
Gold Coast 2018 was King's most successful games. She won gold in the women's singles, gold in the women's doubles (alongside Amanda Landers-Murphy) and bronze in the mixed doubles (alongside Paul Coll).
King has competed at two other editions of the Commonwealth Games claiming a bronze in the singles event at Glasgow 2014. At Delhi 2010 she won silver in the mixed doubles and gold in the women's doubles.
King is of Ngati Porou descent and was born and raised in Cambridge
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The first is on : Engaging Your Members Virtually
Join our guest speakers to hear about some different ways to engage your members virtually
When: 7 pm Thursday 30th April
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The second: Getting Your Club Ready To Go
This week our guest speakers are some of our experienced club managers. Join us to hear what they are doing to prepare for when squash clubs can open up again.
When: 7 pm Tuesday 5th May
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Do you want to refresh your refereeing skills?
Do you want to qualify or renew your club referee exam qualification?
New to refereeing and want to learn the basics?
Want to feel more confident when refereeing games?
Everyone who logs on and answers the club exam poll questions will be manually adjusted on iSquash to be a qualified Club Referee.
Whether you answer right or wrong our National refereeing panel will be there to explain the correct answer to ensure you pass!
This will be a learner-centered approach to getting your qualification rather than sitting the exam by yourself and scrolling through the rule book!
Register here and you will be emailed with more information: https://zoom.us/…/regi…/tJYocO-spjgoGtB5ndmmJT_ShBcso9-bILbz
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Squash Auckland hosted a Refereeing Question and Answer Session earlier this week
With our very own Refs Glenn Carson, Paul Kennett and Part-time Waikato lad Daniel Parry
Well worth a watch
Use the Link below to re-watch:
17 Apr 2020
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.
These decisions did not come lightly, but the decision was made for reasons stated above, and the safety of our squash community.
8 Apr 2020
Squash New Zealand has appointed 2 new board members, Cheryl Gush and Kyle Pontifex. They will bring an exciting edge to our already established board members.
Cheryl Gush has been involved in squash in NZ for 20 years and is currently a committee member for North Shore Squash in Auckland. Cheryl’s background is in Sales and Marketing leadership and she holds both a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in Advanced Leadership Practice. Cheryl also has a very keen interest in diversity very keen to assist in getting underrepresented groups involved in playing squash.
Kyle found his passion for squash after retiring from a 15 year international hockey career, which included representing NZ at Olympic Games, enjoying many an evening getting thrashed at Club K. Outside of sport Kyle has forged a 20 year career in technology with ANZ Bank. Kyle is currently deputy chair on the Wellington Hockey board.
Both Cheryl and Kyle will be looking forward to making their mark on Squash in New Zealand for their 3 year period.
Tune in to Squash Auckland's 'MasterRef' Q&A Live stream this Wednesday at 7:30 via Zoom. Featuring our very own Glenn Carson, Paul Kennett and (surely coming back to the waikato one day) Daniel Parry. This gives you the chance to talk to some of our finest of National Refs, and have any questions regarding any Rules you might have! 👩⚖️👨⚖️
If you can't make it post any questions you may have below! ⬇️⬇️
(The live-stream will be available to watch after the event)
To access the Q&A simply click the link below and if you are on a PC just click 'Open Zoom Meetings'. If you are using a mobile or non-Windows tablet just download the Zoom app first.
➡️ Link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/912546912
➡️ Password - 644620
Wall Volley - longest wall volley either backhand or forehand
Record length of time forcontinuous volley session
Up and down with racket and ball - place ball on racket and go from standing position to full lying position without ball falling off the racket, do as many as possible. Count number of times your lie down
Two rackets one ball - with a squash racket in each hand (or any other type of racket if you don’t have access to two squash rackets, hit the ball from one racket to the next, Count the number of consecutive hits
Clockwise Lateral jump – Stand in one spot and place a pair of shoes in front and behind you and do the same on left and right of you (total 2 pairs of shoes) give yourself some room, then jump over each shoe and back in a clockwise direction until you land on or touch a shoe. Count the number of consecutive times you land back in the middle
Court Sprints - Measure out 9.75mtrs (length of a squash court) on indoor or outdoor surface and as many court sprints as possible touching the end of each end with one hand. Count number of court sprints completed in 1 minute
Waikato Online Champion Club - Lockdown Trophy
26 Mar 2020
The Covid-19 epidemic has taken the world by storm, and squash has been no exceptionto that. While we aim to offer all the best squash opportunities and competitions, we are currently facing unprecedented times.
We regret to announce that the Cousins Shield and Mitchell Cup competition will unfortunately not take place in 2020.
This was a difficult decision to make, and the conversation was had between Squash NZ and the Squash Districts. The competition was due to take place May 29 – 31. However, with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 outbreak, we felt the decision was the right one. We have every intention of the events taking place in 2021.
23 Mar 2020
The COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread through New Zealand and has already put a halt on the majority of squash activity.
What's happened today (23rd March)?
The New Zealand Government has announced the COVID-19 alert level has raised to Level 3. This will then be increased on midnight Wednesday 25 March to Level 4. For more on the COVID-19 alert levels visit https://covid19.govt.nz/
What is expected now?
Below is a list of measures that will be enforced as a result of moving to Alert Level 4:
- People instructed to stay at home
- Educational facilities closed
- Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
- Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities
- Travel severely limited
- Major reprioritisation of healthcare services
How it affects clubs
As announced by Squash NZ on the 19th of March, all national and district squash competitions/ events are suspended until the 1st of May.
Now, with the New Zealand Government raising the COVID-19 Alert system to level 3, government regulations state that all squash clubs nationwide (as non-essential businesses where public congregate) must close effective immediately.
For those clubs with paid employees, you may be aware of the government’s support packages that were announced on Tuesday. These are designed to help keep staff employed while organisations consider the disruption to their usual operations. Employers can apply through the Ministry of Social Development and pass the payments on to staff through wages.
Getting Help and Advice
Visit the Government run COVID-19 website: covid19.govt.nz/
Follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines: www.health.govt.nz
If you’re finding it tough, or know of someone who is, don’t be afraid to reach out to Family and Friends.
Other options for external mental health help: Lifeline: 0800 543 354 | Text line at 4357
Squash New Zealand and the districts are working through the implications that closing squash facilities will have on the sport. Further information on the support that can be provided to clubs will be sent out by Thursday 26th March. Further updates will be provided as soon as information is released.
19 Mar 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.
National events affected:
Aon New Zealand Junior Open – Postponed until further notice
All high-performance squads – Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020
District competitions/events affected:
All District run Interclub – Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020
All District Opens - Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020
All District run training squads – Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020
Decisions about attendance at any squash activity should be made with regard for the best interests of yourself, your whanau and your community.
Squash New Zealand and the squash districts will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation. Please continue to check in with the Squash New Zealand website www.squashnz.co.nz and the social media channels for further updates.
For more information on the virus visit:
A review of the grading list is taking place during 2020 to ensure it continues to provide players with an accurate method of tracking performance & ability. The focus of the review is to understand the key issues or required enhancements, develop a priority order for resolution, and promptly action enhancements. The last significant work on the grading list took place between 2012-2015.
For full information and a link to the survey, please check our website: https://squashnz.co.nz/news/index.cfm?content_id=5045
Squash Waikato is pleased to announce the team for the 2020 Junior Quadrangular tournament.
This year the event will be hosted by Franklin Squash Club in Pukekohe, 28th - 29th March.
The event sees teams of juniors from Northland, Auckland, Waikato and BOP compete in U13 to U19 junior age groups.
This year will be the final Quad team event for Anika Jackson, Leah Hodges, Dion Morgan and Jayneesh as this is their final year in Juniors (U19)
Special mention of both Anika Jackson and Hayley Carson who have represented Squash Waikato in the Quad team for a numbers of years with Anika first playing in the Tri Series (before Northland came on board to make it a four district event) as a U11 in 2011, and Hayley first played as a U13 in 2014.
We welcome first time Squash Waikato representative players Nathan Smith, Tyler Lee, Carys Foot and Charlee Neilson to the team in 2020.
The team will be coached by Phil Buscke Somervell and Nicola Blake, Rebecca Hill will once again manage the Team.
Squash Waikato Development Officer
Squash Waikato is pleased to announce Richard Harris will commence employment with Squash Waikato on Monday the 2nd March
Many of you will know Richard from his long involvement with Squash in the Waikato region
A quote from Richard below
“I have worked as the Centre Manager for Eastlink Tennis Trust. (18 months – between Jan 2017 and August 2018 – 20-hour role)
and another lifetime ago before heading on an OE for Squash Waikato (Development Officer) following Mark Devoy in approx. 1999 – 2001. During this time,
I introduced the Junior grading list – which I still believe connects a focal point for Junior pathways today. I have an Advanced Diploma in Sports Studies through Wintec (2000).
My interest in exercise and sports connects to fun but also measurement. I enjoy squash as a recreation of choice. Time efficient – and exhausting. Working in a commercial environment (Fitness)
– I continue to see big opportunities for not – for profit sport competing for a slice of the recreation dollar. Technology – access, communication and structure the key components for squash to continue to develop.”
Richard will be great asset to the Squash Waikato team and will certainly continue the development program put in place by Glenda Knox
Richards key responsibility’s will be
You can contact Richard as below
Richard Harris | Squash Development Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 021 852 772