CHARLOTTETOWN – Three Summerside squash players proved they're among the best in the region at last weekend's Atlantic championships in Charlottetown.
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Summerside players had strong showings at last weekend’s Atlantic squash championships in Charlottetown. From left: Lorraine MacDonald, third place in Women’s Masters Division; Valerie Hickox, Women’s D Division winner; Mary Andrews, runner-up in Women’s A Division; Rick Kennedy, Men’s Masters Division winner, and Dakota Philips, Men’s B Division winner.
Dakota Cameron took top spot in the Men's B Division, Rick Kennedy won the title in men’s masters and Valerie Hickox claimed the Women’s D Division.
Veteran Women's A Division player Mary Andrews narrowly missed making it four wins for Summerside, losing the final to Quincy Beck.
"With 130 players here from five provinces, this was as competitive a field as you'll find in a tournament on P.E.I.," said Squash P.E.I. president Emily Brown. "The fact these four Summerside players finished on top in their divisions says a lot about the growth of the sport in that city. It's great to see."
There is a growing squash community at Summerside's Credit Union Place. Brown says it fits in well with Squash P.E.I.'s mission to expand the sport outside of Charlottetown.
"Anyone who plays the sport knows P.E.I.'s capital is a hotbed for squash, and has been for years," Brown says. "What we're really starting to see now is more people getting into it, and taking advantage of programming in Summerside, O'Leary and Montague.
“All people need is exposure - once they pick up a racket, you don't see many putting it down!"