2020 Annual General Meeting Sept 14th, 7:00 PM

The AGM for 2020 will be held on Monday September 14th at 7:00 PM. via ZOOM

This is your opportunity to hear about the upcoming season for The Club and to have a say in how your Club is run. As well learn about how the season will progress in our state of “New Normal” and dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions.

This year the Annual General Meeting will be held virtually using the application ZOOM. If you are a paid up member of the Pickering Squash Club you will receive an e-mail in the next few days directing you on how to join in on the AGM.

Your participation in this important meeting is essential to the proper running of the organization. Your executive looks forward to your input and participation. As well, you will have an opportunity to volunteer to join the 2020-2021 executive and to vote in the executive for the upcoming season.

The executive is always open and welcome any new participants who wish to make a positive contribution to the Club. Every position is open as well as the addition of new Directors At Large.

Thank you from your current Executive. for 2019-2020

President  –  Fred Dizig
Vice President  –  Terry Bruce
Secretary  –  Joan Hill
Treasurer  –  Mark Rohlehr
Dir Junior Play – Ganesh Shan
Dir Ladies Play  –  Alison Le Ber
Dir Men’s Play  –  Winston Bell
Dir Public Relations  –  Ron Delevagne
Social Director  –  Steve Dizig
Dir at Large  –  Rick D’Souza
Squash Pro  –  Nicole Pirko
City Representative  –  Jody Morris – Supervisor Facility Programs

City of Pickering has extended facilities closures “Until Further Notice”

Below is the UPDATE #20 from the City of Pickering. The City has removed the estimated date of opening City Facilities, including the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex & Arena (formerly the Pickering Recreation Complex), and now lists it as “Until Further Notice”

This means for us in the Pickering Squash Club that access to playing our favourite sport is on hold. Please note that Complex memberships will be extended for the full period that the facility is closed. Refer to  pickering.ca/COVID19 for the full information.

Posted on Thursday June 18, 2020

Update #20

Pickering, ON, June 18, 2020 – The Ontario government announced that municipalities within the Durham Region Public Health Unit, including the City of Pickering, can move into Stage 2 to reopen its economy, effective as of Friday, June 19, 2020.

This means that certain establishments can once again open for business, including restaurants, bars, hair salons, malls, and more. Please visit Ontario.ca for details.

The City is reviewing what this stage means for the municipality, as well as the time needed to safely implement any facility or amenity re-openings. Please visit pickering.ca/COVID19 for the most up-to-date information.

City of Pickering extends closures and cancellations to July 1

As of Monday May 18th (Victoria Day) the closure and cancellation dates remain the same. Follow all of Pickering Announcements by Clicking Here.

Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2020 on the Pickering.ca website

Update #8

Pickering, ON, April 29, 2020 – As part of its ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the City of Pickering is extending its closure of all facilities until July 1, 2020 (inclusive).

Closures include Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex, Pickering Animal Shelter, Pickering Museum Village (virtual museum village launching soon), community centres and arenas. While closed to the public, Pickering City Hall and the Operations Centre remain minimally staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential and critical services.

To see the full Update #8 of closures and cancellations please click here.

Super Squash Saturdays

Good Afternoon Squash Buddies

I know that we are all feeling squash withdrawal but here is a small relief. Joe Brown has passed on a YouTube video to me in order to share it with you.

This is a Hardball Singles Match between Jonathan Power and his protege Diago Elias from Peru. Diago is currently ranked 6th in the world in singles softball. Jonathan has put together a Saturday Challenge Match and will broadcast it every Saturday for the next few weeks. He has conscripted Dean Brown and Graham Ryding to do the play by play and reffing. The play by play is worth the watch.

Thank you to Joe for passing this on. Hope you enjoy a little Weekend Squash viewing

For your viewing pleasure!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b7eFaTu1NU

Enjoy!

A brief update from our Exec team as of March 30, 2020

Dear Friends,
We hope you are keeping well and all have remained healthy and safe. The purpose of this message is to provide you with a brief update, following our executive team meeting this evening, via video conference.

The world as we know it is faced with our most significant threat, with no signs of improvement here in North America, as yet. It is of utmost importance to be aware, take precautions, follow direction provided by our medical experts and government officials, help each other where possible. You have likely received the update from the City, last Fri March 27, indicating they have extended closure of the City facilities including the Rec Complex until May 03 inclusive. The latest information from the City can be viewed at their web site at PICKERING.CA/COVID19 ( https://www.pickering.ca/en/city-hall/covid-19-update.aspx )

Following guidelines, clear direction from Provincial and Federal Gov’t, other authorities, and in the interest of safety for all, all Pickering Squash Club organized activities and events are cancelled until further notice. This includes but not limited to our club championships, ShinDig tournament, annual banquet (May 02), Chris Doona Award, competitive leagues and House Leagues (singles and doubles), ladder matches, social activities, and other programs.

We will continue to provide these updates with notifications as things hopefully improve and the risk of COVID-19 is declared clear in the near future.

Finally, we want to reiterate the need to take all precautions, stay safe, stay informed, seek immediate help if you are feeling ill with any symptoms. Reach out to anyone in need, with a helping hand and support.

Best regards and stay safe!

Fred Dizig
President, Pickering Squash Club

Pickering / COVID-19 Update

As of March 27th, the City of Pickering have extended the closing of all facilities until May 3, 2020 (inclusive). This includes the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex (formerly known as the Pickering Recreation Complex). As a result all Pickering Squash Activities will be suspended at least until Monday May 4th and possibly longer depending on the directions we receive from The City.

For an up to date full list of closures/cancellations and updates regarding the City’s response to COVID-19 please visit pickering.ca/Covid19

Recreation Complex Closed

As we are sure you are aware, the Recreation Complex is closed from March 13th till April 5th due to the Covid-19 Virus outbreak.

CITY of PICKERiNG Notices regarding COVID-19

Currently the expectation is that this will be extended indefinitely. We will keep you informed of any changes that the City lets us know. Watch the website for announcements regarding re-opening and the continuation of the Club’s postponed events.

In the mean time, please keep yourselves safe and practice social distancing.

Women’s Quarter Finals, March 12th

“OH YES, IT’S LADIES’ NIGHT, AND, THE FEELING’S RIGHT, OH YES IT’S LADIES’ NIGHT, OH WHAT A NIGHT”

It was the ladies turn to shine tonight and they did just that in their quarter final match against One Health. After watching both the men’s and women’s teams competing over the last couple of weeks in their play-off matches, i’ve noticed some significant differences between the two teams. I narrowed it down to my top 3 favourites and here is what i’ve discovered some of the very obvious differences to be…

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The women came out very prepared, they had double checked that they had packed all their equipment, made sure their racquets had been re-gripped, brought their proper court shoes and arrived ready to play. On the men’s side, well let’s just say that I found JP desperately rummaging through the lost and found bin 20 min before his match looking for his shoes he had left at the club the day before. That pretty much sums it up.

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I took note of some the the comments the women made on court during their match. They included “good shot”, “wow, nice get”, “great boast”. In the men’s matches I heard comments that included “oh, come on”, “I totally could have gotten that” and the most ridiculous of all…”baby food”.

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Both the men’s and women’s matches had long rallies but the women didn’t appear to be tired until the 4th or 5th game. The men on the other hand were completely exhausted after the first game (sorry JP) and used every excuse possible to have a chance to catch their breath. Jordan took it to extremes to and walked all the way down to the doubles court water fountain in between games just to give himself some extra time!

Here is the recap from the evening…

Philloza and Karen were up first. Karen decided she was going to make a statement about how the night was going to go by winning the first game 15-1! The other two games weren’t quite as quick but there was no doubt Karen had control the match and she got the job done. On the other court, we all took one look at Philloza’s opponent with her tall stature and giraffe like long legs (don’t get me wrong, they were very nice legs) but I have to admit, I was a little worried. Well no way was Philloza going to be intimidated, she controlled the T brilliantly and volleyed all the loose balls which had her opponents giraffe like long legs running like crazy all over the court. That is until the 3rd game…Tied at 1-1, I had a little chat with Philloza to give her some tips in between games. I told her to make sure she hit the ball deep to the back. Well, it turns out she took my advice literally because in the 3rd game, she hit every single ball to the back and didn’t hit a drop shot the whole game. Oh no, I had some major damage control to do. I quickly let her know after losing the next game that she still needed to hit her awesome drop shots right after hitting the ball deep to the back of the court! 3-2 win for Philloza (phew…I may have been out of a job for that one)

Next up was Joanie and Deb. We all knew that the night could easily come down to games or even points but we didn’t dare say that out loud out of fear of making the ladies nervous. Nerves was definitely not an issue for Joanie as she had a solid plan. I’m not sure if Joanie’s opponent knew if she was on a squash court or a volley ball court with all of Joanie’s overhead smash winners and unbelievable dives to retrieve the ball. Joanie’s comment to me going into the 5th game was that she was going to “leave it all the court” and she did just that. She gave it her absolute best but unfortunately fell short with a 2-3 loss. What a match though!!

Deb on the other court knew that it was her job as the number one player on the team to secure their position in the next round. She had her opponent running in one direction while strategically hitting the ball in the other direction…can you say “TAXI”! Deb had fantastic shot selection and kept the ball deep before hitting numerous winning drop shots. 3-0 win for Deb. Victory for Pickering!

See you on the courts,
Nicole

A message from Fred

Dear Pickering Squash Club (PSC) Members. We trust this message finds you well. It has been said many times that “we live in interesting times”. We could certainly say we didn’t see this one coming, nor could we have ever predicted the severe impact, globally!

To that point, we are experiencing a significant call to action by the World Health Organization, all levels of government, private and public sectors, likely as never before. We must pull out all the stops to protect each other and ourselves. Health, care and safety at the forefront! On behalf of the Pickering Squash Club executive team, we would urge you to be diligent, practice social distance, and take all precautions as well communicated via WHO through the media, workplace and all other means. Do not hesitate to seek medical help in the event you are experiencing any related symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, as well communicated.

In the interest of everyone’s safety, and following the lead by Squash Canada, Squash Ontario, OSDL, City of Pickering, other organizations, effective immediately, we are deferring all PSC organized match play until further notice. We will provide a further update in the coming weeks regarding rescheduled dates. Update to follow as well regarding plans for the junior squash program, club championships and banquet.

Many of you will have also received the following notice from the City of Pickering, indicating closure of the Rec Complex and other City managed facilities effective earlier this afternoon to April 05, inclusive. Thanks to Terry, we have posted the following notice from the City, on our web site. See the following link http://pickeringsquash.club/corvid-19-closures/ .

Finally, we want to encourage you to take all precautions, stay safe, stay informed, seek immediate help if you are feeling ill with any symptoms.

Best regards,

Fred Dizig
President, Pickering Squash Club