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Iwaasa and Gauri reach finals at 2017 Junior Nationals
This year's Junior National Championships in Leamington Ontario saw great results for our Alberta athletes. Four athletes represented our province along with coach Glen Yaretz of Calgary, Alberta.

In the Girls 18 & U event, Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB won gold. Iwaasa has had consistent podium finishes as a junior athlete, winning several Canadian Junior Championship titles. Iwaasa also partnered with Cassie Prentice of Macrorie, SK to win gold in the 18 & U Girls Doubles event.

Lethbridge's Naman Gauri won silver in the Boy's 14 & U division, with Calgary's Caylen Yaretz placing 5th. The pair placed second in the Doubles division of their age category. Nyah Yaretz, also of Calgary, placed third respectively in the Girl's 16 & U Singles division and Girls 18 & U Doubles division.

Gauri and Iwaasa will represent Canada at the 2017 World Junior Championships this November in Minneapolis, USA. Congratulations to all athletes on their results! See Racquetball Canada's Official Media Release.

Welcome to our New Board Members
The ARA welcomes Anup Gauri as Treasurer and Erin Geeraert as Membership Director, who were elected to the Board of Directors at the 2017 AGM in Sherwood Park, Alberta on April 8th. Gauri replaces Reg Atkins who joined the Board for a short period after the resignation of Al Bauman. Geeraert fills the position of Kathy Iwaasa, who opted not to run for another term. The ARA thanks both Reg and Kathy for their contributions, and looks forward to working with Anup and Erin!

Buller, Iwaasa take top titles at 2017 Alberta Provincial Racquetball Championships
Grande Prairie's Jeff Buller and Lethbridge's Alexis Iwaasa finished the provincial season on top of the podium, winning the Men's and Women's Open divisions at the 2017 Alberta Provincial Racquetball Championships this past weekend at the Glen Allan Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park. The tournament, which saw 66 participants aged 11 to 69 years old compete in 13 divisions, was the first Provincial Championship to be held in the Edmonton area since 2011.

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Landeryou, Halko to represent AB at Pan Am Championships
Tim Landeryou and John Halko will represent the province on the National Team at the Pan American Championships, to be held April 8th to 15th in San José, Costa Rica. Landeryou is competing in the Men's event and Halko is attending as an official. Congratulations to both men, Alberta will be well represented at this international competition!

Landeryou Claims Bronze at Calgary Selection Event
Tim Landeryou placed 3rd in the Men's Open division at the Calgary Open & Racquetball Canada Selection Event this past February, defeating Pedro Castro in the bronze medal match. Castro was down in the second game after Landeryou won the first when he defaulted the match due to injury.

Iwaasa Claims Bronze at Junior Worlds
Congratulations to Alexis Iwaasa who placed 3rd in the Girl's Under 16 Singles Division at the Junior World Championships in San Luis Potosí, Mexico! Iwaasa won in tiebreaker against USA's Briana Jacquet in her quarter final to advance to the semi final match against Mexico's Monserrat Mejia, where she lost 3-15, 6-15. Alexis trains at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Alberta.

New Faces for the Association!
The ARA is pleased to welcome Caleb Smith and Reg Atkins to the ARA Board! The Board appointed both long-time supporters of Racquetball at their September 2016 Planning Meeting. Caleb fills the empty position of Program Director, while Reg takes over responsibilities as the Treasurer from Al Bauman. We thank Al so much for his contributions to both the ARA Board and to the sport of Racquetball and we look forward to seeing him out on the courts!

The ARA would also like to extend a welcome to Kaitlyn Landeryou, who has taken on the role of Executive Assistant. Kaitlyn is the wife of long-time National Team member Tim Landeryou and has a background in Business and IT management. She will be taking care of the day-to-day operational responsibilities of the Association so be sure to contact her for anything you may need! Kaitlyn can be reached at .

Calgary to host 2017 Racquetball Canada Selection Event
For the first time in over a decade, Calgary has secured the bid for a Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event. Organizing committee Chair and long-time Canadian National Team member Tim Landeryou is enthusiastic about the planning: "After having been involved in high performance racquetball for over 15 years, I am thrilled to finally have the opportunity to run an event like the ones I’ve been attending all of this time. I am confident in the skills of the team we’ve assembled and, when combined with the generous support of our sponsors, will ensure a first-class event.” The committee is still in the early stages of planning but have already secured the title sponsor, Bruce Robinson Project Management Ltd., with Tourism Calgary, Telus, and Landeryou Consulting also coming on board to support the event.

The committee is looking for volunteers to participate in both the planning and running of the event. Those interested can contact Tim Landeryou at tim.landeryou@gmail.com. The Bruce Robinson Project Management Ltd. Calgary Open and Racquetball Canada Selection Event will take place at the University of Calgary from February 2-5, 2017.

15/16 Season Rankings Results
6 Alberta athletes finished the season ranked in the top 15 players nationwide: Coby Iwaasa (2), Tim Landeryou (3), and Paul Albert (15) and Alexis Iwaasa (9), Kathryn Iwaasa (10), and McKenzie Brayley (15). Congratulations to all who participated in the season!

Alexis Iwaasa defeated in Quarter Finals
IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships 16 year old Alexis Iwaasa returned home Sunday night after a week long tournament at the International Racquetball World Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Alexis competed in the U16 pool play and was undefeated against Korea, Mexico, and Ecuador. She did not lose a game in the entire pool play round. In the elimination round, she defeated Frances Vazquez from Puerto Rico and advanced to the quarter finals against a tough Bolivian girl, Wanda Carvajal. Alexis struggled early in the first game and lost 15-7. In the second game, the Bolivian girl continued to dominate the rallies and won 15-8 which ultimately ended Alexis's bid for medal. The overall experience was positive and Alexis was proud to be part of the Canadian Junior Team. She will continue to work on improving her skills as she prepares for the Canada Select Event in Montreal next weekend. http://www.internationalracquetball.com

More Bronze for Ould
2015 United Health Care US Open Minneapolis, MN October 7-11 The UnitedHealthcare US OPEN is racquetball's original "Grand Slam" event and the most prestigious tournament of the season. With cash prizes totaling more than $58,000, it boasts the largest total prize purse in the sport. In addition to the marquee professional divisions, the US OPEN Racquetball Championships offers more than 80 USA Racquetball (USAR) sanctioned divisions separated by age and skill. This year Barry Ould of Edmonton, Alberta won Silver in the Men's 70+ Division. Congratulations Barry!

Barry Ould wins Bronze
2015 United Health Care US Open Minneapolis, MN October 7-11 The UnitedHealthcare US OPEN is racquetball's original "Grand Slam" event and the most prestigious tournament of the season. With cash prizes totaling more than $58,000, it boasts the largest total prize purse in the sport. In addition to the marquee professional divisions, the US OPEN Racquetball Championships offers more than 80 USA Racquetball (USAR) sanctioned divisions separated by age and skill. This year Barry Ould of Edmonton, Alberta won Silver in the Men's 70+ Division. Congratulations Barry!

Iwaasa wins Bronze in team event at Pan Am Games
Team Canada win Bronze in Men's and Women's Team Event Toronto (July 26, 2015) - Both the men's and women's Pan Am Games racquetball teams have won bronze medals for Canada in the Team Event at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

The format has teams from each country face off against each other in the best of three matches; two singles matches and one doubles match. The team that wins two of the three matches advances. The draw is determined based on the results from the singles and doubles matches played in the individual events earlier in the tournament.

In the Men's Team Event, Mike Green of Hamilton and Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge played the men's singles events for Canada and Vincent Gagnon of Montréal and Tim Landeryou of Saskatoon played doubles. Canada faced the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals where it took all three matches to determine the outcome. Coby Iwaasa won his singles match against Luis Perez, 15 - 11, but the doubles team of Gagnon and Landeryou had a tough match, losing to Perez and Ramon De Leon 15 - 11, 3 - 15, 11 - 10. However, Green was able to finish it off for Canada in singles defeating De Leon 15 - 10, 15 - 6. The win guaranteed Canada a bronze medal in the Team Event and put them into the semifinal against the USA. The first match was doubles, where Gagnon and Landeryou faced Jansen Allen and José Rojas. Although the Canadian team had beaten Allen and Rojas in round robin doubles play in the individual events, the Americans came into the match with a strong strategy that worked well for them winning 15 - 4, 15 - 9. Green was next on the court next against Jake Bredenbeck in singles. Green's experience and power showed as he defeated Bredenbeck, 15 - 6, 15 -12. This left Coby Iwaasa to face Rocky Carson in the final and determining singles match. Carson, who won gold in men's singles in the individual event at the Pan Am Games, is also the second ranked International Racquetball Tour player and current World Champion. Carson had a decisive first game against Iwaasa winning 15 - 6. However Iwaasa did not give up easily and challenged Carson right to the end in the second game getting to game point first before Carson took back the serve and won 15 - 14. Carson was quoted in The Racquetball Blog, as saying "that was probably the best racquetball I've had anyone play against me all weekend. I was hitting good shots and he was hitting better shots at times."

Canada comes away from the Pan Am Games with three bronze medals in total; one in each of the Men's and Women's Team Event and a bronze for Vincent Gagnon and Tim Landeryou in Men's Doubles. This is one more medal than Canada won at the 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games. Head Coach Sue Swaine summed up the week saying, "It has been a long week and we have athletes who are really hurting. For the team to pull together to win these two bronze medals is a great way to end the Games and very exciting for Canada." "It is exciting for Team Canada to come away from the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games with three medals," said Jack McBride, President of Racquetball Canada. "Our team had some challenges in the individual singles and doubles events which meant that some of our athletes did not meet their individual goals but Team Canada excelled as a whole. Congratulations to all our Pan Am Games Team, including the coaches and support staff, and especially to those athletes who made it to the podium for Canada."

Pan Am Games could be next for racquetball phenom
Nick Kuhl, Lethbridge Herald - Coby Iwwas is already the first junior racquetball player to win the singles and doubles titles in both junior and senior nationals in the same year. Those four medals came within a four-week span. And, by this time next week, the Lethbridge 18 year old should also know if he'll be representing Canada at July's Pan American Games in Toronto. read more

Please note: Coby defeated Samuel Murray of Brossard, QC in the Men's Open Final 15-10, 12-15, 11-7 to become the Canadian National Racquetball Champion. Coby and Mike met in the semi-finals not the finals like the article stated. 

Buller serves success at Racquetball Nationals
Logan Clow, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune - Grande Prairie's Jeff Buller has served his way to national medals. On May 17-23, Buller competed at the Racquetball Canada Nationals in Burnaby and won gold in the singles Elite division, as well as silver in the Open White division. "This time around I was a little more prepared and ready to compete," said Buller, who also competed at Nationals in 2013 in the men's singles open. Buller, who was coached by Caleb Smith and father Ray Buller, defeated Victoria's Brad Strugnell in the Elite finals.  Read More  

Alberta Masters win Big
2015 Canadian National Racquetball Championships - Randy Pentland of Red Deer, AB and Manny Gregorio of Edmonton, AB have a long history of winning national racquetball championships and this year was no exception.  Pentland and Gregorio won the Men's 55+ Doubles Championship title by defeating Carl Laland of Lasalle, QC and Claude Paul of Montreal, QC 15-13, 15-5 in the finals.  In the Men's 55+ Singles division Pentland defeated Graham Tamaki of Regina, SK 15-10, 15-11 to win gold. This is Pentland's 10th National Championship title.

More Medals for Alberta
2015 Canadian National Racquetball Championships - Barry Ould of Edmonton won gold in the Men's 70+ singles division and silver in the Men's 65+ doubles with his partner Roger Havrilenko of Winnipeg, MB.  On the women's side Marion McBride of St. Albert, AB and Kathy Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta won gold in the Women's A Doubles division. For complete results including Reg Atkins of Calgary, AB winning the Men's B Singles please visit: www.r2sports.com

 

Alberta's athlete development strategy gets results
All the Gold in Alberta - At just 18 years old, Coby Iwaasa has done what no other junior boy or Men's Open player has done before - win both the National Junior Singles and Doubles title, and within 4 weeks win the National Men's Open Singles and Doubles title.  One national gold medal was going to be tough but 4 gold medals would be unbelievable. 

Alberta Racquetball has had Coby in the radar since he was 10 years old when he won his first junior national title in 2007. Building on the strategy that better coaching would yield better players and thus better results, Alberta Racquetball restructured its program under the direction of Barbara May and has made numerous changes to improving the program.  Since then, Iwaasa has been a beneficiary of those changes and has progressively advanced his ranking to number 2 in Canada.

At the Nationals in Burnaby, BC, Iwaasa would team up with Mike Green to take the top challengers.  The veterans Iwaasa and Green played doubles together in 2013 and won the National Doubles title. Due to Green not playing in the Nationals in 2014, Iwaasa and Green were seeded 4th which would place them in the semi finals against the #1 seed Gagnon and Murray.  The match was tough as Iwaasa/Green took the first game but lost the second game thus forcing a tie breaker.  Iwaasa/Green would eventually prevail in the tiebreaker and move on into the finals against the surprize team of #6 ranked Bousquet/T. Murray.  The finals proved to be too much for the Bousquet/T. Murray team as Iwaasa/Green overpowered the newcomers winning 15-3, 15-11 for the gold medal.

Coby's Singles draw was also be more difficult as there was a recent change in ranking where Samuel Murray moved from #5 spot to #2 because of a win over Vincent Gagnon.  In the semi finals, Coby would go into the draw ranked #4 and would face #1 ranked Mike Green, his mentor and 9x Canadian National Singles Champion. This singles match vs Mike Green was everything people anticipated.  The experience and confidence of Green was evident through his shot selection and positioning in the court. Despite being down in both games, Iwaasa used his energy, powerful serves and agility to win the match: 15-11, 15-12.

The finals was now set for Coby vs Samuel; east vs west showdown. Getting to the finals, Coby defeated Mike Green (2013 Champion) and Samuel defeated Vincent Gagnon (2014 Champion).  The match began with Coby executing precision shots and drive serves with a huge lead of 13-2 and closing out the game 15-10.  The second game saw another early lead by Iwaasa but the tenacious Murray rallyed back and won it 15-12. The tiebreaker was full of dramatic rallys and shots that left the spectators gasping.  Iwaasa nailed his victory with a pinch shot to the right corner of the court clinching his 1st National Championship title.

Through the County of Strathcona Public Engagement Process the racquetball and handball community were very involved in attending meetings and influencing their decision. It goes to show that if we get involved early in the process we do have some input, similar to how we influence LA Fitness to build racquetball courts at their new facility in west Edmonton. 

Iwaasas Golden in Canadian Junior National Racquetball Championships
Valleyfield, Quebec - Coby Iwaasa made racquetball history by winning his 4th consecutive U18 Junior Singles title over Nicholas Bousquet from Quebec 15-9, 15-8.  The previous U18 record holder was Simon Roy of Quebec who won this title 3 times (1986-1988) and held the record for 29 years until today.

The U18 finals match between Iwaasa and Bousquet was a showdown of east vs west and a rivalry between the two of them that has endured for more than 8 years.  The beginning points of the match saw extended rallies and unbelievable shots from both players.  Although the points were close at the beginning of both games, Iwaasa showed why he is the number one junior player of Canada.  Iwaasa's tenacity, consistency, and superior skills prevailed over Bousquet's energy and shot selection. Getting into the U18 finals, Iwaasa took out Tanner Prentice from Saskatchewan, Mathew Swaine from Ontario, and Michael Melynchuk from Manitoba.

Iwaasa won his second gold in the U18 Doubles Division by teaming up with his fellow opponent, Nicholas Bousquet.  They met up in the finals against the Ontario team of Mathew Swaine and Chandon Yu who pushed them into a tie breaker.  Iwaasa and Bousquet woud turnup their game and win 15-4, 14-16, 11-5

Racquetball Canada also awarded Iwaasa with the prestigious 2015 Sherman Greenfield award for the male athlete who best exemplifies personal excellence and sportsmanship both on and off the court. This is Iwaasa's final tournament as a junior and in his junior career he has won an impressive 11 gold medals: 9 gold in singles and 2 gold in doubles.  Iwaasa is scheduled to compete at the Canadian Nationals in Burnaby, B.C. on May 17-23 for his final qualification to be part of the 2015 Pan Am Games racquetball team.

Alexis Iwaasa, Coby Iwaasa's cousin, won the U16 Girls Singles title by defeating Annie Fisher of Ontario, 15-6, 15-5 in the finals.  In round robin play, Alexis took out Marjolaine Parent from Quebec, and Alexandra Murray from Manitoba.  Alexis's power was a major factor in her wins against her opponents. She was undefeated in the entire tournament.   Alexis would team up with Mckenzie Brayley of Calgary to win a silver medal in the U16-U18 girls doubles.  In the finals, they were bested by the number one seed, Michelle Morissette of Quebec and Danielle Drury of Saskatchewan, 15-2, 15-5

Other Team Alberta Results:
McKenzie Brayley won Bronze in U18 Singles.
Naman Gauri won 4th in U12 Singles and 4th in U14 Doubles.
Devon Halko won U18 Runner up in Singles Consolation and 4th in U18 Doubles.

Next year, the Canadian Junior Nationals will be in Kelowna, B.C

Coby Iwaasa defends Men's Open title
Calgary, Alberta -  Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB successfully defends his Men's Open title at the 2015 Alberta Provincial Championships, April 10 - 12. Mitch Brayley placed 2nd and Cameron Stephenson placed 3rd. In the Men's Open Doubles final Coby Iwaasa and Manny Gregorio defeated Cameron Stephenson and Glen Yaretz to win Gold.

Other winners include:

Men's Open: Coby Iwaasa
Women's Open: Alexis Iwaasa

Men's 40+: Glen Yaretz
Men's 50+: Randy Pentland
Men's 60+: Manny Gregorio

Boy's 10U: Braydan Buller-Aubin
Boy's 12U: Caylen Yaretz
Boy's 14U: Kai Reum
Boy's 16U: Ethan Frigon
Boy's 18U Devin Halko

Girl's 14U: Nyah Yaretz
Girl's 16U: Alexis Iwaasa
Girl's 18U: McKenzie Brayley

Men's Open/A Doubles: Coby Iwaasa/Manny Gregorio
Men's B/C Doubles: Bertram Johnson/Ryan Blackmore

Singles A: Reg Atkins
Singles B: Bruce Karaki
Singles C: Jamie Buller-Taylor

Junior Singles Advanced: Caylen Yaretz
Junior Singles Intermediate: Jordan Miller

For more results please visit: www.r2sports.com

Good News from Sherwood Park
It's now official that Glen Allan is going to have a fourth court added, new glass back walls, new lighting, and other various upgrades to the existing Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park. To see the plans click here .  When complete GARC will have the capability of four racquetball and four squash (2 being convertible) and give us the ability to host provincial and national tournaments in Sherwood Park. 

Through the County of Strathcona Public Engagement Process the racquetball and handball community were very involved in attending meetings and influencing their decision. It goes to show that if we get involved early in the process we do have some input, similar to how we influence LA Fitness to build racquetball courts at their new facility in west Edmonton. 

 Iwaasa Takes De La Rosa to Tiebreaker at IRT Event March 12 - 15
This past weekend, Coby Iwaasa travelled to Lombard, Illinois to play in the 30th Annual IRT Tier 1 Pro Stop.  There were over 200 players competing and 33 of them in the Men's IRT Singles Pro Division.  The top men's racquetball players in the world  competed for the championship title.  2 players from Canada: Tim Landeryou from Saskatchewan and Coby Iwaasa from Alberta were there.  

In the round of 32, Coby easily defeated Keith Minor from Illinois in 3 games straight: 11-2,11-2,11-5 which would set up a much anticipated showdown with the #4 player in the world, Daniel De La Rosa.  Coby is described as the young gun of the new generation of young pro racquetball players and had previously played against De La Rosa in the Texas IRT Pro Stop in September last year and losing in a thrilling 5 game tiebreaker. 

De La Rosa is top young player from Mexico who broke into the IRT in 2008 and is arguably Mexico's best player.  This year De La Rosa won his first Pro IRT title by defeating fellow countryman Alvaro Beltran in the finals and Rocky Carson in the semi finals. De La Rosa is a formidable opponent and on his way to being #1 in the world.

Coby Iwaasa's match up with De La Rosa was speculated as being an easy win for De La Rosa but Iwaasa would show that nobody should count him out.  In game 1, Coby came out with powerful drive serves that De La Rosa was unable to handle allowing for easy set ups and put aways for Coby. De La Rosa could not get on track and lost the 1st game 6-11.  The second game saw De La Rosa pull his game together and win 11-7. In the third game, Coby came alive again with his drive serves and a well planned time out to finish the game at 11-4. In game four, the battle continued with some unbelievable rallys by both players and some controverial calls resulting in a win for De La Rosa, 11-6.  In the tie breaker game, Coby made some errors in his shot selection and with confidence waning, was unable to execute his best skills and losing 11-1.

There are no doubts that Coby can challenge the top players in the world but can he win those tough matches?   That is what he and his coaches are working on to help him prepare for the next big tournament and Pan Am Games.

Coby Wins Double Gold at 2015 Keystone Classic ProAm Racquetball Tournament
Winnipeg, Manitoba....February 15, 2015...Coby Iwaasa from Lethbridge, Alberta took on all challengers at the 41st annual Keystone Classic held at the Duckworth Centre at the University of Winnipeg.  Players from Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Columbia competed for the top racquetball titles.  Iwaasa took the Men's gold in the Men's Pro Singles Division by defeating Alejandro Herrera from Columbia: 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.  Iwaasa also teamed up with Herrera to defeat Trevor Webb and Lee Connell in the finals and capture the Men's doubles open title: 15-5, 15-7.   This tournament is an international racquetball tournament (IRT) event.

Iwaasa is planning on qualifying for the 2015 Canadian Pan Am Games Racquetball team to be hosted by Canada in Toronto in July.  Iwaasa is a member of the Canadian National Elite Racquetball Team and is currently ranked #3 in Canada.  Iwaasa is also the current U18 Junior Boys National Champion.

Making a Racquet
October 15, 2014 CTV News, Lethbridge -  Coby Iwaasa has been on the Canadian radar for quite awhile now. Now he's on the International radar winning championships. Watch CTV News Story (it starts about 1 minute in)

Weselenchuk Wins 10th US Open Racquetball Championship
Minneapolis, Minnesota -  Edmonton native Kane Waselenchuk won his 10th US Open Championships and 7th consecutive Sunday, October 12, 2104 at the 19th US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He defeated Mexican Alvaro Beltran in the final, 11-6, 11-1, 11-6. Weselenchuk also won the men's pro doubles title on Saturday with partner Ben Croft (USA). Canadians win Men's Open Singles and Doubles. Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB won the singles title, as he defeated Colombian Alejandro, Herrera, 15-4, 10-15, 11-10. Iwaasa fought back from 10-5 down in the tie-breaker to pull out the victory. In doubles, Nicolas Bousquet of Montreal and Samuel Murray of Baie-comeau, QC defeated Argentines Daniel Maggi and Fernado Kuzbard, 15-11, 14-5. Iwaasa and Bousquet are members of the Canadian Junior National Team that will be competing the the World Junior Racquetball Championships in Cali, Columbia from October 18 - 25.

Iwaasa Wins Big
World Racquetball Tour - Lombard, Illinois - Young gun Alberta racquetball star, Coby Iwaasa finally made his mark in the big league. Playing at the 2014 Fall Brawl in Illinois, Coby upset the top seeded player, Alex Cardona from Mexico to win his first WRT championship title in a tightly fought battle. 9-15, 15-9, 11-8. Leading upto the finals, Coby also upset the #2 seed Polo Gutierrez from Mexicao 15-6, 15-10 and #3 seed David Horn from USA 10-15, 15-4, 11-5. Coby was one of three Canadians that competed at this tournament and this is Coby's first professional title. This win bodes well for Coby, giving him the extra confidence he will need to play at racquetball's grand slam tournament this weekend, the 2014 United Health Care US Open in Minneapolis, MN.

Jack McBride Makes a 'Racquet'
July 31, 2014 - Jack McBride has been playing racquetball for more than 30 years. And, at 76 years old, he's still happiest in the cube. Festival. Watch Global News Story.

Racquetball Champ Prepares for Mexico
July 28, 2014 - Coby Iwaasa is the current under 18 junior boys national racquetball champion. He's getting poised for the biggest challenge of his life: the Pan-American Sports Festival. Watch Global News Story. (if it doens't come up search Coby Iwaasa)

Iwaasa Wins Bronze at Nationals
Montreal, Quebec -  Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB defeated Samuael Murray of Baie-comeau, QC to win Bronze at the 2014 Racquetball Canada Nationals. This win will secure Coby's spot on the Senior National team.

Junior Nationals a Hit in Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie, Alberta -  The 2014 Racquetballl Canada Junior Nationals were held at the Eastlink Centre, April 21 - 26. 53 athletes from across Canada competed for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Junior Worlds. Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB won Gold in the Boys 18U Singles and Doubles with Matthew Swain of Etobicoke,ON. Alexis Iwaasa won Gold in the Girls 14U Singles and Silver in the 18U Doubles with partner McKenzie Brayley of Calgary, AB. Naman Gauri of Lethbridge, AB won Gold in the Boys 10U. Other Alberta medalists include Devin Halko in the Boys 16U and Ethan Frigon in the Boys 14U. Way to go Alberta!

Coby Iwaasa Dominates Provincials
Calgary, Alberta -  Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB successfully defends his Men's Open title at the 2014 Alberta Provincial Championships, April 4 - 6. Mitch Brayley placed 2nd and Jeff Buller placed 3rd. In the Men's Open Doubles final Coby Iwaasa and Manny Gregorio defeated Cameron Stephenson and Glen Yaretz to win Gold.

Other winners include:

Men's Open: Coby Iwaasa

Men's 40+: Chris Streeter
Men's 50+: Cam Bourque
Men's 60+: Jim Scott

Women's 40+: Kathryn Iwaasa

Boy's 10U: Caylen Yaretz
Boy's 12U: Gareth Smith-Doyle
Boy's 14U: Ethan Frigon
Boy's 16U: Devin Halko
Boy's 18U Luke Patterson

Girl's 12U: Nyah Yaretz
Girl's 14U: Alexis Iwaasa
Girl's 16U: Muskaan Gauri
Girl's 18U: McKenzie Brayley

Women's A/B Doubles: Carol McFarlane/Leanne Neubauer

Men's Open/A Doubles: Coby Iwaasa/Manny Gregorio
Men's B/C Doubles: Wayne Woiken/Mike Biggs

Mixed Doubles Open/A: Cameron Stephenson/Leanne Neubauer
Mixed Doubles B/C: Di Burga/Mike Biggs

Singles A: Milton Iwaasa
Singles B: Barry Bradshaw
Singles C: Luis Anchondo

Junior Singles Advanced: Gareth Smith-doyle
Junior Singles Intermediate: Naman Gauri

For more results please visit: www.r2sports.com

Racquetball Legend Cliff Swain Comes to Alberta
Learn from USA Hall of Fame Inductee & National Champion, Cliff Swain as he provides training, coaching an racquetball education right here in Alberta. Cliff has the second most tournament wins in professional racquetball history. He began playing the pro tour - International Racquetball Tour (IRT) - in the 1980's and continued doing so into the 2000's. Known for his great drive serve and on court intensity, the left-handed Swain was a dominant player in the 1990's finishing as the #1 IRT player five times. March 25, Ponoka; March 26, St. Albert; March 27, Sherwood Park; March 29, Calgary; March 31, Calgary.

Triple Crown Winner
Jack McBride of St. Albert has done something no one has done before. At the 2013 Canadian National Championships he won the 70+ Men's Singles, at the 2013 World Senior Racquetball Championships he won the 75+ Men's Singles and at the US Open he won the 75+ Men's Singles. Way to go Jack! Read Newspaper Artlcle

Bronze for Iwaas in singles and doubles at the 25th World Junior Racquetball Championships
Sucre, Bolivia -  Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB comes home from the 25th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships in Sucre, Bolivia with two bronze medals. Way to go Coby!

2013 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Jack McBride wins Gold in the 75+ Men's Singles division. Marion McBride wins Gold in the 70+ Women's Singles division. Other Alberta medallists include: Ryan Blackmore, silver, in the Men's Doubles Centurian division; Coby Iwaasa, silver, in the Men's Open Singles division; Jack and Marion McBride, bronze, in the Mixed Doubles C division; Ryan Blackmore, 3/4th, 55+ B division; Coby Iwaasa, 3/4th, Mixed Doubles Open division. Way to go Alberta!

2013 IRF World Senior Championships
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Jack McBride and Marion McBride win Gold at the 2013 IRF World Senior Racquetball Championships. In the 70+ Mixed Doubles Jack McBride and Marion McBride win gold. In the singles events, Jack won gold in the Men's 75+ and Marion won bronze in the Women's 70+. Congratulations Jack and Marion!Our mission is to work with athletes, coaches, officials, and 'racquetball champions' to build a stronger future for racquetball in Alberta.

2013 Canadian Racquetball Championships
Langley, BC - Mike Green of Burlington, ON and Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, AB won the Men's Open Doubles title at the 2013 Canadian Racquetball Championships. This is Coby's first Canadian Championship at the senior level, but the 16 year old is the Canadian U18 and U16 Junior Champion, as well as the U16 Junior World Champion. In addition, Coby won bronze in the Men's Open. Other Alberta medallists are:

Men's 40+: Randy Van Achte 1st, Chris Streeter 3rd
Men's 50+: Mike McPhee 1st
Men's 55+: Reg Atkins 2nd
Men's 70+: Jack McBride 1st
Men's Doubles 45+: Mike McPhee/Greg Booker 1st
Men's Doubles 65+: Postie Connelly/Jack McBride 2nd
Men's Singles A: Allen Bauman 3rd
Mixed Doubles B: Carol McFarlane/Chris Streeter 1st, Patricia Schier/Reg Atkins 2nd
Women's 45+: Kathryn Iwaasa 2nd
Women's Doubles: Carol McFarlane/Patricia Schier 2nd

2013 Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships
Burlington, On - Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta successfully defends his titles at the 2013 Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships. In the Boy's U16 division, Iwaasa defeated Nicolas Bousquet of Montreal in the final, 15-3, 16-14, and in the U18 final, he beat Sami Harb of Burlington, 15-4, 15-7. In the Girls U14 Alexis Iwaasa (Lethbridge) won gold by defeating Annie Fisher of Burlington 15-11, 15-8. Alexis also won silver in the Girls U18. In the Boy's U16 Doubles Devin Halko (Edmonton) and Luke Patterson (Sherwood Park) won silver. Way to go Alberta! To see the complete results and check out the consolation winners, please visit www.r2sports.com

2013 Alberta Sports Awards
Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta has been selected as the 2012 Junior Male Athlete of the Year based on his outstanding performance in 2012. The Alberta Athlete of the Year program was created in 2002 by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF) to recognize the achievements of the province’s amateur athletes and this is the first time in the history of the award that a racquetball player has been selected. The presentation was made at the 2013 Alberta Sports Awards Banquet on Friday, April 19th at the Banff Centre. Congratulations Coby! We are very proud of you and your accomplishments in racquetball over the past year!

2013 Lethbridge Sports Council Awards
Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta has been selected as the 2012 Lethbridge Junior Female Athlete of the Year based on her outstanding performance in 2012. The presentation was made at the Lethbridge Sports Council's awards ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

2013 Alberta Provincial Racquetball Championships
Calgary, AB - Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta successfully defends his title at the 2013 Alberta Provincial Racquetball Championships at the University of Calgary, March 22-24. Ryan Powell placed 2nd and Mitch Brayley placed 3rd in the Men's Open Singles division.

Other winners include:
Men's 40+: Dan Ladouceur
Men's 50+: John Halko

Women's 40+: Laura Pankratz

Boy's 10U: Caylen Yaretz
Boy's 12U: Gareth Smith-Doyle
Boy's 14U: Ethan Frigon
Boy's 16U: Devin Halko

Girl's 12U: Josee Deweess
Girl's 14U: Alexis Iwaasa
Girl's 16U: McKenzie Brayley

Men's Open/A Doubles: Cameron Stephenson/Glen Yaretz
Men's B/C Doubles: Ken Hogan/Reg Atkins
Mixed Doubles A/B: Mario Santos/Patricia Schier
Mixed Doubles C/D: Jordan Cameron/Laura Pankratz

Singles A: Hector Avila-Prado
Singles B: Bertram Johnson
Singles C: Bernie Grumpelt

For more results please visit: www.r2sports.com

Sherman Greenfield Award
Mitchell Brayley was selected and honored by the coaches of Canada as the recipient of the Sherman Greenfeld award for General Excellence and Sportsmanship at the 2012 Junior Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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