CHARLOTTETOWN – Mike Buchanan of O’Leary was one of the individuals honoured as Squash P.E.I. recognized its outstanding athletes and achievements for the past season.
Buchanan, who is from O’Leary, was selected as the 2014 male athlete of the year. All Buchanan did this past season was sport a perfect record in winning numerous titles in Atlantic Canada.
Quincy Beck, a Grade 12 student at Colonel Gray, received both the 2014 female athlete of the year and the 2014 junior female athlete of the year.
Beck’s achievements included becoming the first female athlete in 20 years to move into the elite Men’s A Division. She has taken home many titles in Canada and the United States, and was awarded a squash scholarship to Brown University in Providence, R.I. She was also a nominee for Sport P.E.I.’s junior female athlete of the year.
Connor Jinks was another junior player to work his way to the Men’s A Division, where he was a fierce competitor all year. Jinks combined raw talent with hard work and grit to become the top junior athlete in Atlantic Canada, earning him the 2014 junior male athlete of the year award.
Volunteers within the organization were also celebrated, including longtime Squash P.E.I. player and advocate Lester Jinks. He has served several terms on the organization executive, coached players in both Charlottetown and Montague and is always recruiting, mentoring and celebrating Island athletes’ successes.
From planning the region’s premier junior squash camps, to billeting off-Island players attending, Jinks’s contributions to the game are endless.
Also recognized was John Power, with the Squash Canada certificate of recognition. Power’s romance with the sport of squash began in the mid 1980s in Summerside. From there he has fingerprints all over squash in Canada.
Power coached in Quebec and Ontario, and was head coach of the varsity team at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He holds several national titles in the Masters Division. His son Jonathan Power is a former world No. 1-ranked player.
Power, now coach of the 2015 P.E.I. Canada Games squash teams, continues to do great work on behalf of the squash community on Prince Edward Island.
In addition to the individual awards, Squash P.E.I. also celebrated its recent win of the Sport P.E.I. Premier’s Award as sport association of the year.
Other Squash P.E.I. awards:
Most improved player (adult) – Floyd Jackson of North River.
Most improved player (junior) – Nathan Phillips of Cornwall.
Heart and soul award (adult) – Jeremy Stiles of Darnley.
Heart and soul award (junior) – Samantha Lawther of Charlottetown.
Steve Rogers award – Steve Bruce of Cornwall.