Squash & Racquetball Victoria, the peak body for squash and racquetball for the state, is partnering with Greater Shepparton City Council and the Goulburn Valley Squash Club to present the 2019 Shepparton International Squash Championship.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said she was pleased to welcome all participants, family and support teams to Shepparton.
“It’s fantastic to be hosting another world class event in Greater Shepparton and I hope all our visitors enjoy their time here,” Cr O’Keeffe said.
“This partnership continues to strengthen our reputation as the sporting event capital of regional Australia keeping the local economy strong and businesses busy.”
This year’s event welcomes a women’s satellite event for the first time. GV Squash Club president Christian Lecompte said organisers were extremely excited by the addition.
“For the first time in the six year history of the event in Shepparton, we are hosting 16 professional female squash players. This highlights the growth of squash as a sport amongst females and hopefully encourages more female athletes to get involved,” Mr Lecompte said.
The event is to be held at the Shepparton Squash Courts in Archer Street from August 14-18. The PSA M5 men’s event features a highly competitive field boasting 24 players from ten different countries and PSA Satellite women’s event with 16 players from nine countries.
The list of contenders for the Men’s title are set to be headed by top seed Evan Williams from New Zealand. Evan was runner up in last year’s event and is looking to take out top honours this year.
In the Women’s draw both Sarah Cardwell and Christine Nunn from Australia are amongst the top seeds.
Along with the top grade professional competition, there will be a number of graded events open to players of all abilities on the Saturday and Sunday, providing an opportunity for local players to shine.
The competition will start on Wednesday 14 August with the Men’s event kicking off at 2.30pm.
The Women’s event commences on Thursday 15 August at 1.45pm.
Semi-finals will be played on Saturday 17 August and the final at 4.15pm on Sunday 18 August.
Entry is free and spectators are welcome!