About the KSA:
The Kamloops Squash Association was formed in 2008 to promote the growth and development of squash in Kamloops.
The photos on the right show a brief history of squash in Kamloops, including the many tournaments in the 1980's and 1990's, the closure of the squash club on McGill in 2008 (known as the Racquetor through most years), establishing (again) squash courts at Malone's on the north shore (until that facility also closed...), gaining access to the court at TRU (for a few years at least; that court became unavailable in April 2012), and the re-opening of a fully renovated facility (No Limits Fitness) in place of Malone's in January 2013 with two courts (one squash court and one convertible court). There are many more photos in our Photos and Videos page; if you have any photos from past and current tournaments you'd like to share please let us know.
- Voted #1 Healthiest Sport by Forbes Magazine
- Squash is easy to learn, suitable for all ages, and an excellent cardiovascular workout
- Squash players use a combination of skill, brains, agility and athleticism
- In one hour of squash, a player can expend between 600 to 1000 calories
- Non-weather dependent
- Maximum exercise in minimum time
- Minimal equipment requirements
- Highly social
- Squash is primarily a ‘participant sport’, as the vast majority of people associated with it actually play, leading to real health and recreational benefits to society
- There are more than 675 squash facilities in Canada, with over 2200 courts total
- Squash is played in over 180 countries worldwide
- Squash is contested in the following Games: Commonwealth, Pan American, Asian, All-Africa, World, World University, World Masters
- Squash is also contested in Canada at the Canada Winter Games, and at the Canadian Senior and Junior Nationals
- Many of Canada’s best players competed in Kamloops in the Canadian Senior and Junior Nationals in 1993 and 1994, including Jonathon Power, former World #1 player and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, and Viktor Berg, World #1 Doubles player and Pan American Games Gold Medallist
Squash Player Survey Results
We ran a survey at the end of the spring 2017 season; just over 60 players responded. Most (about 80%) of the respondents are league players; we plan to try another survey in the middle of the winter 2017/18 season to sample more players.
Some actions are suggested from the feedback:
- we will run weekend morning drop-in sessions, starting in the fall.
- we will try to make sure membership options are posted in this newsletter and possibly on our sites online, and signage at the courts might help; there has been feedback that the options are unclear or possibly unknown to many players
For a summary of the results of the survey, click here!