President’s Report for 2015 AGM

ACT MASTERS SQUASH INC

President’s Report – 2015 AGM

I would like to start by expressing my sincere thanks to the current committee members and other volunteers who have done so much throughout the year. It is their efforts that make playing Masters squash such an enjoyable experience.

I would also like to thank our current sponsors for their ongoing support:

  • PS News Online
  • Rolfe Mazda
  • Simpson Optometry
  • The Real Estate Shop
  • Visual Q
  • ACT Light Control
  • Travel Associates.

I would also like to make a special mention of Alucom. While Alucom is no longer a sponsor, I would like to thank them for their past support of ACT Masters Squash.

In 2014 we again participated in the Bega Challenge, also known as the ‘Rashes’, which was held at Weston Creek on the 5th and 6th of April, with Canberra finally winning after three years of being runner-up. We will have a very real chance of retaining the Rashes in just over a month’s time (2 & 3 May), when we head to Bega for this year’s Challenge. If anyone is interested, there is still time to get your name down for a great weekend of squash.

The 2014 Australian Masters Championship, held in Bathurst in September, saw 27 ACT Masters players pitting their skills against the rest of the country. Unfortunately our numbers were well down on previous years, but we already have 28 players who have put down their names to play in Perth in September this year. If you interested, there is still time to get your name down.

We continued to run our three competitions as usual throughout the year and while our numbers have been down a little on last year, we have had a lot of recent interest from potential future players. Hopefully we will see overall growth in numbers for our upcoming winter competition.

We had yet another very successful ACT Masters Tournament in March. Of the 137 players participating, 73 were from interstate. Dinner at the Top of the Cross was a great night, with 90 players and guests turning up on the night. One of the highlights of the night was the presentation of the Keith Jones Memorial Award, which this year was awarded to Richard Horlock. Congratulations Richard.

For those of you who are thinking of joining us for the tournament dinner next year, don’t leave your run too late. Next year we will be having dinner on the MV Southern Cross, cruising around Lake Burley Griffin. Seats are strictly limited to 100 people, so if you are interested, make sure you advise a committee member as soon as possible.

This year ACT Masters Squash also became affiliated with Squash ACT. Our affiliation, which we will review in 12 months, provides us with the opportunity of having some input into the future direction of squash in the ACT; has allowed us to take advantage of the current Squash ACT player insurance arrangements; and gives ACT Masters Squash some voting rights at the Squash ACT AGM.

I would finally like to acknowledge the contribution of two committee members who have chosen to step down from their roles on the committee – Chad Addison (Secretary) and Tania Hancock (general committee member). Thank you both.

 

Mark Young

President, ACT Masters Squash.