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Squash, as the old saying goes, is a colonial game.
The secret to success is letting the other guy do all the work.
Dry stabs at the sport British imperial roots aside, the type of talent that will be on display at the Royal Glenora Club for the Lexus of Edmonton Canadian Invitational Feb. 7 10 is no joke.
The likes of Mexico Artuor Salazar, world ranked 44; Columbia Miguel Angel Rodriguez, ranked 23rd; Mexico Cesar Salazar, ranked 21st; and last but not least, Egypt Mohamed Abouelghar, ranked ninth, will be competing for their share of the $32,000 prize purse.
They will be taking on four other rising stars on the professional circuit making their way up the world rankings, in a crossover round robin with each match being held on the same court over the four days.
guys are just, like, some of the best athletes in the world, said Royal Glenora head squash professional Pete Goodings, adding the pros will be playing alongside an amateur field participating in the 2018 Alberta Open Feb. 9 10, which is being co hosted by the Edmonton Squash Club. going to be a bit of a South American party. familiar with squash, you say? Not a problem.
Invented at a prestigious London boarding school in 1830 well, let skip today’s lesson and get straight to the butternuts and bolts of squash, shall we?
had a squash court on the Titanic, so it got a rich history. It played in over 198 countries in the world. Unfortunately, it not in the Olympics yet, but it in the Commonwealth Games, said Goodings, who hails from England and served in the Royal Air Force before venturing into what become a 25 year coaching career. some clubs are closing in some parts of the world, some people think the sport is dying. It only really not thriving then people don support the sport and get behind it. They think the Olympics is the Holy Grail of sport. Years ago, it used to be but not so much now.
you factor in they talking about considering about putting (video) gaming into the Olympics, just as a sportsman,
as a physical athlete, that really scares me because of the message it sends out.
has been voted by Forbes Magazine on many occasions as the healthiest sport in the world. So when you factor that in, I understand that the Olympics needs to be more wide ranging and inclusive, but we been trying for longer than 20 years to get into the Olympics. There been a real focus on trying to push hard to get into the Olympics and there no real rhyme or reason for it. with the Internet, full glass courts at all the big events and multiple camera angles, anyone can get their squash fix without having to wait for television programming to bring it to them.
But the key, Goodings said, is introducing squash to people at an early age.
September, I started a school program aimed at Grades 4, 5 and 6 field trips to the club, said Goodings, who runs skills and drills to familiarize youngsters with the equipment and courts. seen about 800 1,000 kids already. Wednesday and Thursday, those field trippers have been invited back to see the elite level of the sport in action for free. Otherwise, general admission at the door is $100 for adults, $25 for children, and you don have to be a Glenora member to attend. Saturday.
had a good history of hosting the event. Since 2008, it been here, Goodings said, adding this year event is not pro sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association. 32 pro players would come in and play, this time it eight players playing for a bit of a bigger prize purse, so each player going to get more money across the board than they would have in the bigger event with more players. happens, please don bring up the scene from the 1984 film, Splash, with John Candy and Tom Hanks. Yeah, that would be that other net less racket sport that tends to get confused with squash by the uninitiated.
different than racquetball because racquetball is a much bouncier ball, there less skill involved although the American racquetballers would be arguing against that, Goodings said. I stand toe to toe with anyone over that. A racquetball court is longer and narrower. There are no lines, like out line or down line, so it a very different skill set altogether.
a lot more court craft involved in this. And in racquetball, there are no lets,
you just get the ball there and you smash it pretty much as hard as you can.