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Squash camp coming to Kelowna

Ready for squash. These youngster are ready to learn about the sport of squash and will get the chance coming up next weekend in Kelowna. - Contributed
Ready for squash. These youngster are ready to learn about the sport of squash and will get the chance coming up next weekend in Kelowna.
— image credit: Contributed

The sport of squash is coming to Kelowna as the city will play host to the  first ever Junior Squash Development Camp.

The event will take place at Global Fitness on April 16 and 17 and will be  run by Andrew Lynn, the head squash pro at Vancouver’s Bentall Athletic Club.

Lynn, a certified coach, has a high level of experience teaching juniors and running effective programs for kids of all ages and abilities.

The event is open to any junior between 7 and 17, regardless of ability. Already there are several juniors signed up from Penticton, Cranbrook, Vernon and Revelstoke. Phil Croteau the event coordinator and regional representative for Squash B.C. says the camp will focus on a couple of things.

"Fair play and inclusion are the key values we want to impart to kids picking up the racquet for the first time," said Croteau. "Our aim is to encourage junior sport in general and hopefully have a few kids fall in love with squash and carry the spirit, athleticism and fun of the sport with them as a life-long activity”.

Squash BC’s mandate is to provide exposure and add profile to the sport of squash in the B.C. Interior through junior events hosted in the Okanagan, Kamloops, Kootenay and Columbia regions. Future junior events will rotate through other communities in the Interior.

Along with the Junior Camp an Adult training session is being offered as well. To cap it all off, a series of marquee matches between top seeded B.C. players will draw an enthusiastic crowd. The match ups will include Andrew Lynn (BC’s #3 ranked player), Simon Summers (former Aussie Junior National Team), Chuck Braff and Ian Butler (the top two players in the Okanagan).

The event is sanctioned by Squash BC and funded in part by the Squash BC 20/20 fund for ‘grassroots’ and junior development. Squash is played by more than 25,000 people in B.C. and more than a quarter of a million people at over 425 clubs in Canada.

To register call Global Fitness at 250-860-6900 or go to http://squashbc.com/juniors/summer_camps/index.htm

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