2019 Shin-Dig Tourney Finals

Congratulations to Heather and Peter for winning the Main Draw over Finalists Anoop and Fred (subbing for Jonathan) .

Congratulations to Jim and Felipe for winning the Consolation Draw over Finalists Mark and Ganish.

Congratulations to Hazel and Marc for winning the Tinners Draw over Finalists Howie and Deb (subbing for Jey).

See below for the complete draw.

Ian Parsons Master Class on living your best life

Ian Parsons October 2008

At Ian’s Celebration of Life on Saturday March 30th, Chris’s daughters, Meghan and Shauna gave a wonderful talk based on the philosophy of our great friend Ian. Here it is.

If Ian offered a master class on living your best life, this would be the curriculum:

* You don’t have to grow up if you don’t want to.

* When it comes to ice cream, resistance is futile

* Bugs are your friends.

* Be eccentric now. Don’t wait to be old to wear a Tasmanian devil shirt

* Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will, stay in touch.

* Its never too late to meet your soul mate

* Be you, be genuine.

* Love unconditionally

* Your children only get one childhood. Make it memorable

* Don’t take yourself seriously, no one else does

* Saturday mornings are for monster pancakes and remote control cars

* You are never too young to drive a tractor

* Maple syrup is the 5th food group. Its like franks red hot – you put that shit on everything. Or in everything

* Life is too short to waste time hating anyone

* Collect the souvenirs. One can never have too many mugs, salt and pepper shakers, and figurines

* There is always a purpose for every old vacuum (pause) and teapot

* never believe what you see on the outside

* you can eventually break a dietician to buy chips and eat them

* be an encyclopedia , you’ll need that when you have grandkids. Or keep 4 sets of them in your basement

* Eat the pie – pecan pie. Sorry, pe-caan pie. Pee can is what you keep under the bed.

* Love the earth.

* Pick a former club champion to be your two man partner. To clafiry, Golf two man partner.

* Even when your breaks fail, you can still finish route 66.

* Collect friends, like figurines. Never get rid of them.

* Never blame anyone in life. The good people give you happiness. The worst people give you a lesson. The best people give you memories.

* The key to a good wine deal is to find a rating over 90 under the price of 20 dollars.

* You can find a use for everything. Even tomatoes. Why grow them if you don’t eat them?

* Every problem can be solved. Accept the challenge and surprise everyone.

* Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

* Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift

Ian embodied all of these things. He was kind and caring. He welcomed everyone in to his life and his home. He was compassionate, patient and made you feel at ease.

He makes us want to be a better person.

Our parting words are : be the things you loved most about Ian and put some maple syrup in it.

Ian Parsons

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our good friend and fellow squash player, Ian Parsons. Ian died in a tragic accident at his farm on Monday March 25, 2019.

Ian was a long time member of the Pickering Squash Club serving on the executive eighteen times, nine of which were as President. He was the 1997-1998 recipient of the Chris Doona Award. He is most notably remembered as the driving force that guided the Club during the planning and construction of the Doubles Squash Courts. His hard work over a ten year period resulted in the opening of the courts in 2009.

Ian will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with him on and off the court. He was always a gentleman willing to help anyone learn and improve at the game he loved so much.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Information regarding visitation and funeral arrangements can be found at Ashburnham Funeral Home

Winter Doubles House League Finals Complete

Congratulations to all the Finalists in the 2019 Winter Doubles House League. Here are the winners and finalists.

Steve and Ricky over Celine and Mike T. in the Tuesday Winter Doubles House League for 2019
Scott and Tony over Juan and David – Monday Winter Doubles House League Finalists 2019
Joan and Viru over Heather and Dan – Wednesday Doubles House League finalists for Winter 2019

It was a great season and we look forward to September when house league will start again.

Doubles House League Revised Schedules

Doubles House League

Recent SNOW DAYS have resulted in the cancellation of Doubles House League, once on Monday January 28th for DIV2 and once on Tuesday February 12th for DIV1.

To make up the matches missed on these days we are extending the Winter season by one week. The matches originally scheduled for Monday January 28th will be played on Monday March 4th. The matches originally scheduled for Tuesday February 12th will be played on Tuesday February 26th. Below are the revised schedules.

NOTE: The schedule for DIVISION 3 has not changed (Yet).

DIVISION 1 Revised Schedule (PDF Format)

DIVISION 2 Revised Schedule (PDF Format)

Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament for 2019

The Lee Hanebury Annual Tournament concluded on Sunday (Feb 3, 2019) and by all accounts was a resounding success. Everyone had a great time and a tremendous amount of top quality squash (both Singles and Doubles) was played.


Our resident photographer extraordinaire has compiled a slide show of pictures from the Tournament. You can access that show Here:

Lee Hanebury Tournament Picture Slide Show

To see the results of the weekend you can see the draws on the


Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament 2019 Men’s ‘A’ Winner Julian Morrison and Finalist Brad Hanebury.
Lee Hanebury Memorial Doubles Tournament 2019 Men’s ‘B’ Winners Mike Tanner and Steve Dizig with Finalists Celine Metraux and Nicole Pirko plus two enthusiastic juniors.

Toy Drive a Great Success

The 2018 TOY DRIVE AND FUN TOURNAMENT was a great success and a great time was had by all.   What is more, a great many children will have a Happy Christmas due to the generosity of our members.   Here is a picture of the group. 

2018 Toy Drive Fun Tournament Participants.

Thank you to all that participated.     Thank you to Ron Del for the great Pics.  Click HERE for More pics.    And a special thanks to Nicole Pirko for organizing and to Steve and Fred Dizig for delivering the Toys to the Durham Children’s Aid Society.   They were thrilled with the contribution.

Steve delivered the toys on Wednesday to The Durham Children’s Aid

Christmas Toy Drive Fun Tournament Dec 10th

Hi Everyone,

The holiday season is almost here and I would like to invite everyone to join us for our annual holiday “toy drive” fun night.  The night will include both doubles and singles squash round robin fun games for all levels of players (the more the merrier)!  I ask that everyone bring an unwrapped toy to donate to a local charity (Durham Children’s Aid) to help support families in need of buying gifts for their children this season.  The evening will finish off at Sabina’s restaurant for some drinks and food for those of you who would like to join us!  Here are the details:
Date: Monday Dec. 10th
(both doubles and singles house leagues are done)
Time: 6:00 sharp 
What to bring: an unwrapped children’s toy
Please feel free to respond to me and let me know if you would prefer to play doubles or singles or sign up on the boards in either the singles or doubles court area to participate in this fun, social event.  Looking forward to playing some “fun” squash and helping to put smiles on some children’s faces this holiday season!
Below Pictured is the 2017 Toy Drive Donations.  Let’s see if we can beat out last year’s generosity.