Steve Hawyes and Bill Holdyk were a part of Team BC, which competed in the 2019 Squash Team Masters Championships in Gatineau, QC from Jan. 11 - 13. (Contributed Photo)

Terrace players represent Team BC in squash championships

Despite fifth place, the teams says they won the award that really matters

Two members from the Terrace Racquets Association joined Team BC and placed fifth in the 2019 Squash Team Masters Championships.

Steve Hawyes and Bill Holdyk competed in the games that took place in Gatineau, QC from Jan. 11-13 alongside five other players from across the province.

“To come from a town like Terrace all the way across to the east and be able to compete on the big screen, it was absolutely wonderful and such an honour,” says Hawyes. “Travelling is always exciting and special, especially when we’re able to represent B.C. in such a beautiful part of Canada.”

This is the first time that the Terrace Racquets Association had their players compete in the masters’ games, which is an annual competition for squash players over the age of 40 from across the country.

Never having met the other five team members before the competition, Hawyes says their group’s dynamic and energy was encouraging and affirmative.

“We really became the best mates straight away… the attitude from the beginning was that we were going to be supportive of one another and that we were to going to give 110 per cent.”

READ MORE: Terrace Skating Club takes first spot in regional championships

Although their team didn’t place first, their enthusiasm for squash and one another did not go unnoticed.

They won the ‘Nelly Award’, which is awarded to the team that shows the best spirit for the game. The last time B.C. won this title was six years ago.

“We got the most important trophy,” Hawyes says. “Everyone thought team B.C. had the best team spirit. We were being pretty loud and encouraging throughout the entire tournament.”

He adds that they were referred to as the “funnest team”, especially after coming together to perform a comical skit of a grumpy squash player in front of spectators and their competitors at half-time.

“We presented it to the whole crowd and it was an overwhelming amount of response… We were going to play hard and we were going to party hard,” says Hawyes with a laugh.

Hawyes, with his family, moved from South Africa to Canada four years ago. Having all competed at national levels representing South Africa in championships, he says he’s continued playing squash because of the great community aspect to it.

“Regardless of political differences or ethical differences, squash unifies people on that regard and that’s just another aspect I love about the game.”

He says that he’s also happy to have the opportunity to represent their new adopted home as well.

“We have fallen in love with B.C., especially Terrace. It’s an amazing pride, I’m squash-mad I just love everything about it.”

READ MORE: Wilson returns to Pacific Crest Trail undeterred

He says he would like to keep the same team together for next year, given their passion and optimistic approach to squash.

“Some people take themselves too seriously, we just want to have a fun alternative and a healthy lifestyle… we’ve all become friends running after a piece of rubber.”


 


natalia@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Team BC (left to right): Steve Hawyes, Dominic La Flamme, Brook Parkin, Maegen Giltrow, Max Hakh, Rudy Rodriquez, Bill Holdyk. (Contributed Photo)

Just Posted

Terrace residents take council to task for safer active transportation

Cyclists, pedestrians press city to take action on past commitments

Firefighters burn cops in Guns and Hoses game

Annual tournament saw a 10-5 win, $12,000 raised for charity

LETTER: LNG’s mistakes will affect us too

Dear Editor, Regarding the Nov. 7 issue’s article on Top Speed Energy… Continue reading

Houston homicide suspect remanded in custody

A Houston man accused of the second degree murder of Elija Dumont… Continue reading

River Kings take control of Steelheads in 9-6 win

The boys get another chance against Terrace when they play there on Nov. 23

VIDEO: Ron MacLean says he doesn’t believe former co-host Don Cherry is racist

Sportsnet fired Cherry on Nov. 11, two days after controversial on-air comments during ‘Coach’s Corner’

B.C. mom, kids on bike turned away from Tim Hortons drive-thru

Car-free for years, Charity Millar ‘felt gross’ being denied service

B.C. woman puts call out for 10,000 personal, heartfelt Christmas cards for the homeless

Christmas Card Collective enters into third year of making spirits bright

No turn signals, double-parking among top concerns for B.C. drivers: poll

Two-thirds of B.C. drivers said that not using turn signals was their biggest pet peeve

Man accused in fatal Shuswap church shooting also charged with arson

Parmenter family home badly damaged by fire a month before killing

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ Indigenous educator tells B.C. Supreme Court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Wednesday

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Trudeau to take sober approach to unveiling new cabinet for minority mandate

Liberals survived a bruising campaign that diminished Trudeau’s stature as a champion of diversity

Lowe’s says it will close 34 ‘underperforming’ stores across six provinces

The stores include 26 Ronas, six Lowe’s and two Reno-Depots

Most Read