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World Squash Update (Issue #80), May/June 2019
http://www.worldsquash.org/instant-update-80/

World Squash Juniors (5-9th August 2019, Kuala Lumpur)
South Africa will be competing together with 17 other nations in the 2019 team championships. 

WSF Women's World Championships (23 October - 01 November, 2019, Egypt) 

WSF Men's World Championships (07-23rd November, 2019, Doha Qatar) 

WSF Men's World Team Championships (15-21st December, 2019, Washington DC) 
For the first time in the events 50-year history, the WSF Men's World Team Championships will be staged in the USA in 2019. Egypt will be defending the title they won in Marseille in 2017.

WSF World Masters Tour goes live
WSF have integrated World, Regional and National Masters events into a WSF World Masters Tour (WMT), being in five-year age bands from 35+ to 80+. to create an exciting unified structure for Masters Players. 

Compression Clothing (Masters only)
The World Championship Regulations have been amended so that Masters players (only) can wear full body compression clothing.

FISU World University Squash Championships (20 - 26th July, 2020)
University Squash Championships 2020 The FISU World University Squash Championships for 2020 have been confirmed for 20 – 26 July in Shanghai, China. Hopefully you will be able to encourage participation from your country. We will circulate entry information when received in due course.

World Masters (2020) 
Please note that the dates of this event at the Hasta La Vista Club in Wroclaw, Poland have been brought forward by two days and will now be Sunday 23 – Saturday 29 August 2020.


Upcoming Tournaments

JUNE: M/W 22 - 23 SA Nationals Qualifiers Pretoria CC, Pta M/W 24 - 28 SA Nationals Main Event PSA (Closed Satellite), Pretoria CC, Pta 29th June Squash SA Convention JULY: M/W (1 - 5 July) USSA Cape Town M/W (8 - 12 July) Growthpoint IPT 60th, Durban J (19 -21 July) Top Schools (school's teams/high schools only) Pietermaritzburg J 26 - 28 U11/13/15/17/19 Prince SA Junior Open 1 Parkview SC, Jhb J 30 July - 4 Aug U19 Boys Jnr Men's Individual World Championships Malaysia J 30 July - 4 Aug U19 Girls Jnr Women's Individual World Championships

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Contact Info

WP Squash Administrator:
Glenda Erasmus

Tel:  021 674 6717
Fax: 021 674 6717
Email: administrator@wpsquash.co.za

WP Masters Squash President:
Andre Naude
Cell: 076 370 5436
Email: andrefnaude@yahoo.com
 

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GROWTHPOINT AND SQUASH SOUTH AFRICA RENEW MULTIYEAR SPONSORSHIP FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, 28 May 2019


Growthpoint Properties, the largest South African primary listed property investment company on the JSE, has announced the renewal of a multiyear title sponsorship that will elevate the level of the three major squash events and develop the next generation of squash players. Growthpoint first partnered with Squash South Africa in 2017 to raise the profile of the game in the country. This was done through the relaunch of the dormant SA Open in the first-ever squash tournament to be held in a shopping centre in South Africa.

The renewed partnership will extend to the end of 2021 and will include a development programme for underprivileged children across South Africa. Titled Growthpoint Rising Stars, the development programme will support and supplement existing initiatives across the country. Eleven select initiatives will host 25 children each where they will take part in coaching clinics, receive free equipment and take part in the Growthpoint Rising Stars Fun Day competition that will further enhance their ability. Nadine Kuzmanich, Head of Marketing at Growthpoint, says: “We are pleased to extend our relationship with Squash SA and even more delighted to introduce the Growthpoint Rising Stars development programme, which will help create both means and opportunity for young stars from all backgrounds to participate and compete. We believe that focusing of the foundations of sport has a very real positive impact on community development and fabric of South African society, as well as making a lasting difference to the sport of squash in the country.”


Thanks to the partnership, in 2018 Squash SA was able to relaunch the Open Championship, now titled the Growthpoint SA Open, in an all-glass squash court in Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria that saw 20 international athletes compete against 20 of South Africa’s best across both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The finals were decided in an all Egyptian affair and saw future world-beater, Farida Mohamed (16), crowned the youngest ever Growthpoint SA Open champion in the history of the competition. The partnership will now see two shopping centres each year host the Growthpoint SA Open and the Growthpoint Nationals in an all-glass squash court. The glass court can be placed inside the shopping centres, showcasing the sport to all public and shoppers for free.

In 2019 the Growthpoint SA Open will be hosted at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and the Growthpoint Nationals at Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria. Kuzmanich notes, “Our shopping malls are exciting and very public platforms that provide a uniquely powerful showcase for the competitions. Thousands of shoppers will be exposed to these top tournaments. By taking squash to the public it raises the profile of the sport, its sponsors and its champions, and inspires people of all ages who may never have seen squash played before to pick up a racquet and it a try themselves.” Steve Doeg, President of Squash South Africa was delighted with the renewal, adding “Growthpoint and Squash SA have forged a great relationship over the past two years and the results of the growing exposure for squash through the use of the all glass court can be seen in the improved standard of our young squash stars. From U/11 to U/19 and all clubs across the country, the increase in interest in the game is remarkable. With the addition of the Growthpoint Rising Stars we are also very excited about spreading the game of squash further than it has gone before.”

The Growthpoint Interprovincials, formerly known as the Jarvis Kaplan Cup, will also form part of the partnership. The tournament is world-renowned for its camaraderie and is considered the world’s best and biggest interprovincial squash tournament. In the A Section, each province is allowed to include one marquee international player in its team of five, with this spot often filled by athletes who are among the top 10 in the world, something not seen in SA in any other sport. On the upcoming Growthpoint Interprovincials, Steve Doeg added that “the historic Jarvis/Kaplan Interprovincial tournament now named the Growthpoint IPT will be played for the 60th year in midJuly in Durban and has grown to four men’s sections and two women’s sections. The tournament is played over five days and it is recognised as the biggest national team event in world squash, this tournament attracts many international stars and gives our up-and-coming youngsters the opportunity to rub shoulders with these stars.

We look forward to the tightest ever competition for the respective Jarvis and Kaplan Cups.”

Key Dates Growthpoint SA Nationals: 24 – 28 June 2019 | Pretoria
Growthpoint Interprovincial: 8 – 12 July 2019 | Durban
Growthpoint SA Open: 5 – 10 August 2019 | Cape Town

About
Growthpoint Growthpoint creates value for its stakeholders with innovative and sustainable property solutions that provide space to thrive. It is the largest South African primary listed REIT. Growthpoint is a FTSE/JSE Top 40 Index company, a Top 10 constituent of the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Emerging Index and is in the FTSE4Good Emerging Index and FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index. It owns and manages a diversified portfolio of 559 property assets including 447 properties across South Africa valued at R77.2bn and a 50% interest in the properties at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, valued at R9.2bn. Internationally, Growthpoint owns 59 properties in Australia valued at R38.4bn through its 66% share in ASX-listed Growthpoint Properties Australia (GOZ). It also owns 52 properties in Romania and Poland, 100% valued at EUR2.5bn through its 28.96% share in LSE AIM-listed Globalworth Investment Holdings (GWI) and its 21.6% share in Warsaw-listed Globalworth Poland Real Estate (GPRE). Visit growthpoint.co.za for more information, and connect with Growthpoint on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. About the Squash South Africa Squash South Africa is the recognised governing body for the sport of Squash in South Africa by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

For more information, or to book an interview, please contact: Squash Media: Liz Addison – Squash South Africa +27 (0)11 442 8056 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Growthpoint: Nadine Kuzmanich - Head, Marketing and Communication +27 (0)11 944 6251 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it For more information, or to book an interview, please contact Mahlatse Bojanyane on 083 453 6668 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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