SK Players Attend US Open

Danielle Drury of Saskatoon is heading to her first ever US Open down in Minneapolis, MN, which would usually be a big deal for a 17-year-old, but she’s not at all worried.

Plane hopping and living out of hotel rooms while playing the best junior competition in racquetball is nothing out of the ordinary to Drury, but this is her first senior level event.

“It is my first time (going to the US Open) and I’m very excited,” Drury said.  “I’m not feeling too much pressure. I don’t think anyone expects too much from the young players so it’s not a big deal if I don’t win.”

She’ll admit to a little nervous excitement as this is her first senior level event as she transitions out of the junior level of the sport.

“It’s going to be a lot different going in at the senior level,” Drury said.

Drury, ranked 17th in Canada, has competed in her fair share of junior nationals and junior worlds, piling up the air miles jet setting all over Canada, the US and even South America. She will be heading to Columbia next week for the IRF World Junior Championships with her doubles partner Michele Morissette of Baie Comeau, Que. The pair will also be competing in the doubles event at the US Open.

Drury said she hopes to make it past the first round in singles and hopes that she and Morisette – an accomplished doubles pairing – can make it to at least the semi finals.

“Don’t expect to too much, just try to win and have fun,” Drury said of her mindset going into the tournament.

Another Saskatoon native, Tim Landeryou, is heading to the US Open as well in the men’s singles event. Landeryou is ranked No. 3 in Canada.

The 2014 United Healthcare US Open runs October 8 to 12.

Policy Review

While it’s definitely not the most exciting thing the SRA has going on, reviewing out Policies, Procedures, and Bylaws is the responsibility of any reputable organization. It ensures not only that we are keeping up with the times, but that we are aware of what we are doing and why, as well as the regulations we uphold and abide by. It is with this intent that the Board of Directors held a meeting in July to review our Policies and Procedures, as well as our Bylaws documents, and make any changes necessary for the betterment of the Association.

The new versions of the document are below, with the old versions found on the website under the “About Us” tab. The only major change to the documents, is the removal of the National Representative, whose duties will fall to the President going forward. Other minor/moderate changes were made to other Director duties, and athlete funding areas.

Questions on specific changes to these documents can be sent to the Executive Director. The new documents will be presented to the membership for approval at the SRA’s Annual General Meeting, to be held at the YMCA Saskatoon on December 6th. Details of the AGM will be posted in early November.

Policy & Procedures Manual 2014-15

SRA BYLAWS 2014

 

SRA Fall Events

The SRA has some great events planned for the fall to kickoff the new season! For more information on these programs, call the facility or send us an email! All these programs are also available to view on our 2014-15 Schedule.

 

September 24 & Oct 4 – Learn to Play Clinic (University of Saskatchewan)

September 27 – Provincial Racquetball Day (Various Locations)

October 3 & 4 – Saskatoon Open Tournament (YMCA Saskatoon)

October 18 – Community Initiation Coaching Clinic (YMCA Saskatoon)

October 24 & 25 – U of S Fall Tournament (University of Saskatchewan)

Provincial Racquetball Day!

The Saskatchewan Racquetball Association will be hosting Provincial Racquetball day in Saskatchewan on September 27th, 2014!

We are working with your local racquetball facility to help you promote FREE Lets Play Racquetball clinics for children and adults.

The following cities/clubs have been confirmed:

Yorkton – Gloria Hayden Community Center
1-2pm – Learn to play children 5-12 years
2-3pm – Learn to play teens 13-17
3-4pm – Learn to play adults 18+

Regina – YMCA Regina
1-2pm – Learn to play children 5-12 years
2-3pm – Learn to play teens 13-17
3-4pm – Learn to play adults 18+

Saskatoon – YMCA Saskatoon
2-3pm – Learn to play children 5-12 years
3-4pm – Learn to play teens 13-17
4-5pm – Learn to play adults 18+

More information to come! If you would like to take part, get a hold of us through Facebook or Email!

Interested in Coaching???

The SRA is putting on an introductory coaching clinic in October at the YMCA Saskatoon! Contact us for more details or to sign up!

Community Sport Initiation Coaching Clinic
October 18th, 10am – 6pm
Fee $100
YMCA Saskatoon

The Saskatchewan Racquetball Association is urgently seeking Let’s Play Racquetball Coaches! Those interested in pursuing this coaching development opportunity could have their expenses waived for this course. Please contact the SRA for more details.

SK Athletes Make National Teams!

Congratulations to Lee Connell, Danielle Drury, Nathaniel Husulak, Tim Landeryou, and Christine Richardson, who were selected to National Teams based on their results from this past season.

Connell, Drury, and Husulak were selected to the National Development Team following their finishes at the two selection events and the National Championships. Husulak didn’t crack the top 5, but was consistent, finishing 6th, 6th, and 7th at the three events respectively. Connell also made the quarter finals at both selection events, finishing 7th and 8th, before having a difficult run at Nationals which saw him finish 13th. Drury secured her spot on the team with a 9th place finish at the National Championships.

Landeryou and Richardson suffered slow starts to the season, both finishing 5th at the first selection event. Richardson finished 5th at the second selection event as well, with Landeryou improving his result to 3rd. At the National Championships though, they would both climb higher, as Richardson got revenge on her two losses during the season by defeating Michele Morissette in the quarter finals to finish 4th. With the absence of defending National Champion Mike Green, Landeryou made the final, but fell to #1 seed Vincent Gagnon, finishing 2nd.

Richardson and Landeryou also represented Canada at 2 international events this past season: the World Racquetball Championships, held in Burlington, Ontario, and the Pan American Sport Festival, held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Results from the three national tournaments can be found on Racquetball Canada‘s website, or by using the direct links below:

Selection Event #1 Results

Selection Event #2 Results

National Championship Results

SRA Seeking Coaches!

The SRA is seeking coaches to lead Let’s Play Racquetball clinics in Saskatoon, Regina, and Moose Jaw. Please see the job posting/description below, and if you’re interested or would like more information please contact us! Coach training is also available.

Job description: Let’s Play Racquetball Coach

SRA Golf Tournament – Entry Reminder!

With less than 30 days until this fantastic event takes place, this is a reminder to get entered! If you know you are going please enter yourself and team mates ASAP as we need numbers to confirm the event and currently only a handful of people are signed up. You can do it in person or online. Instructions and link are on This Page. It’s SUPER EASY!!! See everyone on the links!

National Championship Results

Team SK added another 5 medals to its collection after the singles competition was completed at the 2014 Canadian National Racquetball Championships, held in Brossard, QC this past week. Combined with their 4 medals in doubles garnered earlier in the week, their overall total for the event is 9 medals! Not bad for a team of only 13 athletes.

Of the singles medals, one was Gold, two were Silver, and two were Bronze. The lone Gold Medal went to Lorne Renouf, who placed first in Men’s B Singles. Lorne also played up a division in Men’s A Singles, where he won his second medal of the competition, that one being a Bronze. Bruce Robinson competed in two singles divisions as well, finishing 8th in Men’s 55+ Singles, but taking a Silver Medal in the Men’s 60+ Singles division.

The last two medals for Team SK came from our top open players, Tim Landeryou and Christine Richardson. Coming into the event, both were hopefuls to make the National Team which will represent Canada at the World Championships, being held June 14-21 in Burlington, ON. In the Men’s Open division, Landeryou made it to the final, before falling to first-time National Singles Champion Vincent Gagnon (QC) to secure the Silver Medal. In the Women’s Open Division, Richardson lost in the semi-finals to hometown favourite Frederique Lambert (QC), but won her next match against veteran Josee Grand-Maitre (QC) to finish with the Bronze Medal. With these finishes, both Landeryou and Richardson were selected to the National Team and will represent Canada at the World Championships.

The SRA is very proud of, and would like to thank, all the athletes that competed at the National Championships this week and made our province proud. Congratulations on your results, and we look forward to seeing you on the courts next season! A full list of results for SK athletes can be seen below, or for full results in all categories please visit the tournament website.

 

Men’s Doubles
Tim Landeryou/Pedro Castro (QC) 2nd Open
Lee Connell/Nathaniel Husulak 4th Open
Tanner Prentice/Barret Husulak 7th Open
Bruce Robinson/Darrell Davis 4th B
Women’s Doubles
Christine Richardson/Brigitte Richard (QC) 2nd Open
Danielle Drury/Michele Morissette (QC) 3rd Open
Lynda Howell/Sue Macleod (N.S.) 4th B/C
Mixed Doubles
Barret Husulak/Danielle Drury T-3rd Open/Elite
Lorne Renouf/Sue Macleod (N.S.) 3rd AA
Lynda Howell/Reg Atkins (AB) 4th A/B
Darrell Davis/Roberta Mack (MB) 7th A/B
Men’s Singles
Tim Landeryou 2nd Open
Nathaniel Husulak 7th Open
Lee Connell 13th Open
Chris Exner 17th Open
Tanner Prentice 23rd Open
Lorne Renouf 3rd A
Lorne Renouf 1st B
Darrell Davis 4th B
Bruce Robinson 8th 55+
Bruce Robinson 2nd 60+
Women’s Singles
Christine Richardson 3rd Open
Danielle Drury 9th Open
Lynda Howell 4th B
Karla Drury 11th B

 

 

National Championships – Doubles Competition

The first three days of the 2014 Canadian National Racquetball Championships wrapped up yesterday and Team SK finished with 4 medals! Tim Landeryou/Pedro Castro (QC) finished with a silver medal in Men’s Open Doubles, while Christine Richardson/Brigitte Richard (QC), finished with silver, and  Danielle Drury/Michelle Morissette (QC) finished with bronze  respectively in Women’s Open Doubles. Lorne Renouf also teamed up with Sue Macleod (N.S.) to take 3rd place in the Mixed AA Doubles.

In other results, Lee Connell/Nathaniel Husulak finished 4th, and Tanner Prentice/Barret Husulak finished 7th in Men’s Open Doubles.  Bruce Robinson/Darrell Davis finished 4th in Men’s B Doubles, and Linda Howell/Sue Macleod (N.S.) finished 4th in Women’s B/C Doubles.

Singles begins today. GO SASK!!!

To keep up with the action, check out the draws on R2sports:http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/divisions/listAllDivs.asp?TID=11683&sortBy=defaultOrder

 

 

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