Burlington has been selected as the host city for the 2014 International Racquetball Federation World Racquetball Championships. The international event is set for June 14-21.
The event will feature the world’s best racquetball players representing more than 35 countries. It is anticipated that upwards of 150 athletes, as well as coaches and team support staff will be in Burlington for the week-long event. The tournament will be held at the Cedar Springs Health and Racquet Club.
“The interest generated by the IRF countries coming to Canada is of immense pride as one realizes the high regard that Canada is held around the world.” said Racquetball Canada’s president Jack McBride. “Countries have been expressing interest in coming to Canada for years for this type of event and now that the opportunity is here they are lining up.”
Burlington has a long history of successfully hosting national racquetball championships. Hosting the World Championships will build excitement for the racquetball competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
“Racquetball Canada is excited about the opportunity to work with Burlington and its surrounding communities to ensure this is a first class event combined with the warm hospitality that we’ve enjoyed at events hosted previously in Burlington.” said McBride. “We are eager to share the many attractions of the province of Ontario with athletes from around the world and those who travel with them.”
“The City of Burlington is looking forward to working with Racquetball Canada and the Ontario Racquetball Association in hosting this international event in Canada’s best mid-sized city to live (Money Sense Magazine 2013),” said Burlington’s Mayor Rick Goldring. “Our community is delighted to welcome athletes, family and friends from around the world to our beautiful city on the lake.”
Canadian racquetball athletes have an excellent record on the international stage and are excited to showcase their talents on home soil. At last year’s World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg was the silver medalist in Women’s Singles and helped the women’s team to the bronze medal in the team competition.
Burlington’s own Mike Green helped the men’s team capture the silver medal in the team competition in Santo Domingo. Green will have a chance to play at his home club – Cedar Springs – for next year’s Worlds, as well as fellow National Team member Eric Desrochers of nearby Ancaster.
The IRF World Championships are held every second year. The last time an international event of this level was held in Canada was at the 1994 World Racquetball Championships in Montreal.