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

 

 

SRA Golf Tournament

The date has been set for the SRA’s Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser! The event will take place July 5th at the golf course in Shields, SK. The details can be found on the Information Sheet attached to this post and all individuals (whether they plan to attend or not) are strongly encouraged to circulate the Sponsor Package to anyone they think might be interested in being a sponsor for the tournament this year. Cheques and cash will be accepted by the tournament organizer, but there is also a link posted below for those who prefer to enter and pay online. Simply select the number of entries you would like to purchase, then click “Buy Now” to be taken to Paypal where payment can be processed. Please make sure to include the names of all individuals being entered.

Golf Tournament Information Sheet

Golf Tournament Sponsorship Package

Online Entry/Payment Link:

Number of Entries


 

Provincial Team & National Championships

Following the SRA’s Provincial Championships, point totals were tabulated, and the 2014 Senior Provincial Team is being announced!

The athletes on the 2014 Saskatchewan Senior Provincial Racquetball Team are: Christine Richardson, Tim Landeryou, Nathaniel Husulak, Chris Exner, Lee Connell, and Tanner Prentice. Congratulations to all these athletes! The Senior Provincial Team is selected based on points attained through participation in Racquetball Canada’s Fall Selection Event, Winter Selection Event, and the SRA’s Provincial Championships. Final point totals for the season can be found on the Senior Provincial Team page, under the High Performance tab.

The Senior Provincial Team will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian National Racquetball Championships, being held May 18-24 in Brossard, QC. Keep track of the action by visiting the tournament and Racquetball Canada websites, as well as the SRA’s website, facebook page, and twitter! Go SASK!!!

Interview with Chris Exner

The SRA recently caught up with Men’s Provincial Champion, Chris Exner, to talk about his thoughts and feelings regarding the tournament victory, keys to success, and plans for the future. Check out the interview transcript using the link below, as well as the new Racquetball Canada Rankings. Saskatchewan now has 5 men and 2 women ranked in the top 10 nationally!

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Chris Exner Interview

 

Men’s National Rankings

 

Women’s National Rankings

 

 

 

 

SK Provincial Championships

The SRA’s Provincial Championships wrapped up this past weekend, with the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Open events being crowned Saturday afternoon once play had concluded. On the Women’s side, the winner was no surprise as Christine Richardson (Regina) added another provincial championship title to her resume. Christine defeated Danielle Drury (Saskatoon) 15-3, 15-10 in a fairly one-sided victory before having a battle with former provincial and national champion Linda Ellerington (Shields). After dropping the first game, Richardson was able to regroup and take a very tight and hotly contested second game. In the tiebreaker, it seemed like Ellerington had used up most of her energy and was fighting an uphill battle. Richardson would take the tiebreaker, and the match 10-15, 15-13, 11-8.

 

On the Men’s side, it was somewhat of a surprise victory for #3 seed Chris Exner (Saskatoon), who came into the tournament having not beaten #1 seed Lee Connell (Saskatoon) or #2 seed Nathaniel Husulak (Saskatoon) in a tournament all season. Exner chose the right time to put his best games together though, and on the back of some great drive serving took out Nathaniel on Friday 15-12, 15-4, and Lee on Saturday 15-8, 16-14. He won his other two matches over the weekend against Graham Frattinger (Martensville) and Tanner Prentice (Macrorie) to solidify his victory and garner his first Provincial Championship Title.

 

The results from this weekend’s Provincial Championships will be combined with the results of Racquetball Canada’s two National Team Selection Events (held earlier in the season) to determine the Elite Provincial Team which will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian National Championships later this month in Brossard, QC.

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