Ontario top seed for 2011 Canada Games squash tournament

Halifax – Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, are seeded in the top-three positions for both the men’s and women’s team squash tournaments at the 2011 Canada Games which are set to begin on Sunday February 13th,2011.

In women’s competition, the defending champions Ontario is seeded number-one with national junior squad members Hollie Naughton of Oakville and Michelle Gemmell of Toronto, playing in the last two positions will be Alyssa Mehta also of Toronto and Jillian Baker of Aurora.

“We are very excited to be part of the games as it is a once in a life time experience” said Naughton who finished 1st at this year Canadian Junior Open in GU17 division. “ Although we are a young team and face tough competition as number one seed we are determined to bring back gold”.

British Columbia is seeded number-two with national junior squad members Nicole Bunyan of Victoria and Abbey Foster of North Vancouver; while Brynn Daniels and Lindsay Seginson of Victoria will play in the three and four position.

Rounding out the Top 3 is Alberta, with national junior team squad member Danielle Letourneau of Calgary who was recently crowned the 2010 Canadian Junior Open Champion in the GU19 division. Sisters Heather and Emma Yong from Calgary will be playing in the number two and three position respectively while Evelyn Moorhouse also of Calgary will play at number four.

Ranked from four through ten are: Quebec, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon.

In men’s team competition, Ontario is the defending Games champion and seeded number-one. World junior team member Tyler Osborne of Kingston leads the charge with fellow national junior squad members Michael McCue of Sudbury, Joshua Sekhar of Toronto and Cameron Seth of Fergus.

“Our goal is to win gold once again at the Canada Winter Games; our team is confident and ready for competition said Osborne who was recently crowned champion at the 2010 Scottish Junior Open. “We will have to play well, and stay focused because there are some strong teams competing for this title.  Hopefully we will have some time to enjoy being part of the Winter Games and see the sights that Halifax has to offer”.

British Columbia is seeded second with national junior squad member Tyler Olson of Victoria and Zachary Leman of Surrey and rounding out the team of four are Michael Thompson of Vancouver and Mackenzie Foster of North Vancouver.

Alberta is the number three seed with national junior squad member Tyler Lee of Edmonton; rounding out the team are Cale Williams, Jason Field and Adrian DeVries all of Calgary.

Ranked four to ten are Quebec, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Yukon.

‘’For most of the athletes, participating at the Canada Games will be the highlight of their athletic careers.  This event brings together players from all over Canada and is a great showcase for the sport of Squash our athletes, coaches and officials who will be participating this coming week”, said Executive Director Danny Da Costa of Squash Canada.    

Round robin action runs from Sunday February 13th to February 15th, 2011 while the crossover round is scheduled for February 16th, 2011 and the placement matches are set for February 17th, 2011 with the gold medal matches starting at 3:30 p.m., with the women’s final followed by the men’s final at 6:30pm.

Note that squash will be showcased daily through webcast at the following address: www. bellaliant.net/canadagames.  In order to access the webcast schedule please click here

Results: To view the official Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games results, click here

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