Racquet club raises funds to send local squash star to India

A successful fundraising day hosted by Elora Racquets and Fitness will help send a local squash star to a competition in India and boost the club’s Junior squash program.

Over $5,000 was raised at the Aug. 9 event, which featured exhibition matches and a “Play with the Pros” component, as well as a silent auction and a racquet raffle.

Members paid for a chance to play Fred Reid throughout the day. Micaala Seth and Kathy Cowper started the exhibition matches followed by Micaala Seth against Johnny Wilson. The marque match featured Reid vs. Cameron Seth.

Organizers note more then a dozen sponsors contributed to the success of the event, stating, “We couldn’t’ have done it without you.” Numerous club members also donated prizes for the silent auction.

Other activities during the day, which was attended by several representatives of the University of Waterloo athletic department and Jamie Hickox of Squash Canada, included beach volleyball, tennis and ping-pong.

Of the proceeds, $1,000 will be used to fund a trip to the World University Squash Games in India from Sept. 1-7 for local competitor Cameron Seth.

Seth, of Fergus, was the U19 Canadian champion in 2013 and placed third at the 2014 Canadian University Championships.

The remainder of the money will go into the club’s Junior Squash Development Fund.

Donations may still be made through the club. Email: racquets@wightman.ca or call 519-846-9910 for information.