Canadian Championships Set to Begin in Winnipeg

May 15, 2018

Racquetball Canada - Winnipeg, May 15, 2018 - Over one hundred athletes from ten provinces will be competing at the Racquetball Canada Canadian Championships being held at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg. The tournament begins on May 20 and runs until May 26 and is being hosted by the Racquetball Manitoba. 
 
The Canadian Championships are the ultimate competition of the racquetball season in Canada.  All of the country's top athletes will be competing in the tournament including several athletes who have been on the podium for Canada at the international level and in pro-circuit competition. 
 
Canada's high performance athletes compete in Men's and Women's Open Singles and Doubles divisions. As well, many of Canada's national development team athletes and top junior athletes play in the Open and Elite divisions. 
 
In addition to competing for national titles, athletes are vying for spots on teams that will represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships and international competitions in the 2018/2019 season. The event is also part of the selection process for nominating athletes for Sport Canada funding and for determining national teams. 
 
The tournament also includes several age and skill divisions to provide an excellent national competitive opportunity for both seasoned an novice players. Participants this year range from 16 years of age to over 80.
 
"Racquetball Manitoba is excited to host the 2018 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Winnipeg," said Jennifer Saunders, Racquetball Manitoba's Executive Director. "Our staff and volunteers are hard at work to ensure this is a premier event for participants from across the country. We are especially proud to have such a strong Manitoba contingent taking their shot at National titles in the various skill and age categories. We look forward to welcoming players, coaches and families to the Winnipeg WhiteOut for a week of racquetball competition and camaraderie."
 
The Racquetball Canada Awards Banquet will be held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on May 26. Mike Ceresia (Burlington, ON), Christie Huczek (Bozeman, MT), Josée Grand'Maître (Longueuil, QC) Gary Ness (Wolfville, NS) and Calvin Smith (Coquitlam, BC) will be inducted into the Racquetball Canada Hall of Fame. As well, Racquetball Canada will recognize the winners of the Open Events at 2018 Canadian Championships and the recipients of several Racquetball Canada awards. 
 
The tournament is open to the public at no cost. Media is welcome to attend the event. 
 
In partnership with the International Racquetball Federation, Racquetball Canada will be offering live-streaming throughout the tournament. 
 
 
2018 Canadian Championships Event Guide: 
 
Results and tournament information will be posted at: http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-website.asp?TID=22213

 

 
News and information will be shared on Racquetball Canada's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/racquetballcanada and on Twitter @rballcanada.

 

 
Who:
Canada's top ranked and developing racquetball athletes, as well as players who compete in a "sport for life" context. 
 
What:
2018 Canadian Racquetball Championships
 
Where:
Tournament:
University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre
400 Spence Street
Winnipeg, MB
 
Awards Banquet:
Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Boulevard
Winnipeg, MB
 
When:
Doubles Events: May 20 to 22 from approximately 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, with the Men's Open finals set for May 23 at 5:00 pm. The women's event is a round robin bracket with the final match taking place on May 23 at 2:00 pm. 
 
Singles Events: May 23 to 26 from approximately 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Open Women's final is scheduled for May 26 at 1:00 pm and the Men's finals for 2:00 pm on the 26th .
 
Awards Banquet: May 26 - Awards Program will begin at approximately 8:00 pm
 
Media are welcome to drop in for photos and video footage during the tournament hours and at the Opening Ceremony and Awards Banquet. Please check in with Adrian Webb or Jan Hanson upon arriving at the venue. 
 
Athlete interviews can be arranged in advance by contacting Jan Hanson, Racquetball Canada's media contact. Depending on the athlete's schedule, it may also be possible to arrange an interview by request at the Tournament Desk.
 
Racquetball Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of Racquetball in Canada. Along with the support of the Government of Canada and many valued partners, Racquetball Canada develops competitive national teams and oversees programs that grow the sport of racquetball in Canada. For more information visit our website at www.racquetball.ca.
 
Media Contact:
 
Jan Hanson
Director of Communication & Marketing
Racquetball Canada Board of Directors