Twenty one players from six provinces have been named to Racquetball Canada’s National Elite and Development teams for the 2014-15 season.
Named to the Elite Team are Vincent Gagnon of Montreal and Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg, who are, respectively, the 2014 National Champions in Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles. Their doubles partners – Samuel Murray of Baie Comeau, Que. and Josée Grand’Maître of Brossard, Que., respectively, – are also on the Elite Team, and for Murray it’s his first season on that team.
Also on the Women’s Elite National Team are Frédérique Lambert of Montreal, who is Canada’s #1 ranked women’s player, as well as Christine Richardson of Regina. Michele Morissette of Baie Comeau, Que. and Brigitte Richard from Saint Basile le Grand, Que. round out the team.
On the Women’s Development Team are three juniors: Danielle Drury of Saskatoon, Annie Fisher of Burlington, Ont. and Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta. Valerie Fallu of Brossard, Que., who along with Drury played in her first international event for Canada earlier this month, rounds out the team.
The four men who competed for Canada at this year’s World Championships are on the National Elite Team: Tim Landeryou of Saskatoon, Mike Green of Burlington, Ont., Gagnon and Murray. Joining them are Pedro Castro of Brossard, Que. and Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta., who both played for Canada at the 2014 Pan American Championships last April.
The men on the Development Team are Kurtis Cullen of Brandon, Man., who’s now living in Hamilton, Nathaniel Husulak of Saskatoon, Tanner Mattson of North Vancouver, B.C., and two new players: Sebastien Juteau of Boucherville, Que., and junior Nicolas Bousquet of Montreal.
Team members will be competing throughout the season at various events, but the main Racquetball Canada events are two National Team Selection Events and the National Championships that together determine who will represent Canada at the 2015 Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic in April and the 2015 Pan American Games that will take place in Toronto next July.
The first National Team Selection Event will be in Kitchener, Ont. Nov. 28-30 with the second event in Brossard, Que. Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The 2015 Canadian National Racquetball Championships will be in Winnipeg in May 17-23.