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Four greats added to Squash Canada’s wall of fame


squash_logoMark Sachvie of St. Catharine’s, ON, the Godfather of Canadian junior squash, and former World No. 10, Canadian Squash star Graham Ryding of Toronto headline the Class of 2014 joining the national squash wall of fame.

Joining Ryding and Sachvie are Ottawa’s renown official Penny Glover and Squash Canada’s Men’s National Coach Yvon Provençal of Montreal. The Wall of Fame is reserved solely for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of squash in Canada and are awarded at the discretion of the Squash Canada Board of Directors. The last inductions were in 2010.

Sachvie, recognized in the builder’s category, was the Racquets Director at The Club at White Oaks for 32 years. One of Canada’s premier event organizers and builders of squash, he hosted more than 220 squash tournaments during an illustrious career that included 10 Canadian Junior Open’s and two Canadian Junior Squash Championships.

Sachvie successfully bid to host the 2014 Women’s World Team Squash Championships which are being held Dec. 1 – 6. On the court, Sachvie was a leading squash professional, coaching thousands of squash players in Canada, and organized annual events to Europe with various Canadian players. He helped place hundreds of players in U.S. colleges including his three children, Chris, Lauren and Nick, all of whom attended Cornell University.

Sachvie founded the Squash Ontario’s Junior Committee, was the curator of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame and sat on the Squash Ontario Board of Directors as president for 3½ years until his sudden death from a heart attack on Nov. 30 last year.

Sachvie was twice the Canada Games coach, an international tour organizer, a mentor to young squash professionals and an advisor to squash owners and managers. In March 2014, he was awarded St. Catharines Sportsperson of the Year.

Penny Glover’s contributions to the game of squash in Ontario and in Canada have spanned over four decades. Glover began her squash career on the court and chalked up a number of Ontario and Canadian women’s championship titles. But the lure of the clipboard beckoned her and she turned her attention almost exclusively to officiating, working her way to national examiner status.

Glover is a former chair of both the Squash Ontario Officiating Committee and Squash Canada Officiating Committee. In 2006 Penny was recognized by the Government of Ontario with the Syl Apps Volunteer Award and in 2013, and the Simon Warder Officials Outstanding Achievement Award – nominated and voted upon by her peers.

Yvon Provençal, a highly respective coach in Canadian and International squash circles, obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree at the University of Montreal in 1983. He has been the Squash Director at the Club Sportif M.A.A. in Montreal since 1990 and has been Quebec’s provincial coach for the past 20 years as well as serving as Squash Canada’s National coach for the Espoir Squad from 1999 to 2009 – and starting in 2009, National Coach for the Senior Men.

He has coached Canadian teams at multiple international events including the Pan Ams, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Provencal is a valued member of the Squash Canada’s High Performance, the Coaching Committees and is a Level 4 candidate and NCCP Master Learning Facilitator. Under Provençal’s tutelage, he has developed several top ranked Canadian and professional players such as Shawn Delierre, David Phillips and Alex Norman.

Graham Ryding illustrious playing career includes seven Canadian Junior Championship titles, and three senior national titles (1997, 1998 and 2004) joining the likes of Gary Waite and Heather Wallace in Squash Canada’s Wall of Fame.

Ryding represented Canada at the 1998 World University Championships, bringing home a bronze medal. He was a member of Team Canada at the Men’s World Championships in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005. The 1997 team gave Canada’s its best ever-international team result – a silver medal.

Ryding also represented Canada at the Pan American Games in 1999, winning a gold individual medal and as part of the team bringing home another gold medal. He won individual silver honours at the 2003 Pan Ams as well as a gold team medal. In Ryding’s professional squash career, he was one of only two North Americans to reach a top No. 10 PSA ranking. Ryding, a member of the Squash Canada High Performance Committee, continues to be a huge asset to the development of squash in this country.

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