May 15 2014 ISN – With some of the fittest athletes on the planet, squash is a growing global
sport played by 20 million players in 185 countries around the world.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will continue to showcase the sport globally as its
ottawa – Squash Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) today confirmed
the athletes and coach to be named to Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow Scotland in July.
Leading the Canadian Team in Glasgow will be 31 year old, Shawn Delierre of
Montreal, QC who is participating in his 3rd Commonwealth Games. Delierre,
who reached a career high #38 in the World in 2013 is looking to improve on
his Round of 16 finish in Delhi. The 2013 Canadian National singles
Champion, Delierre is also the holder of 12 Professional Squash Association
(PSA) tour titles. In 2013 he led Canada to an 11th place finish at the
World Men’s Team Championship in Mulhouse, France.
Making her second appearance at the Commonwealth Games is 23 year old
Samantha Cornett from Ottawa, ON. Cornett, has reached a career high #28 in
the World in May 2014 on the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) World Rankings
and she is also the holder of 4 WSA Tour titles. Cornett recently captured
her second consecutive Canadian National singles Championship and reached
the Top 16 at the 2014 WSA World Championship in Penang, Malaysia. Cornett
will also lead the Canadian Team when they play host to the World at the
2014 Women’s World Team Championships from December 1 – 6, 2014 in
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada.
Both Cornett & Delierre will compete in singles and mixed doubles
competition and are seeking to finish among the Top 8 in Glasgow.
“While I was busy competing at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester,
there was much talk in the athletes’ village about the exceptional Jonathan
Power, who won a gold medal in squash at those Games”, said Chantal
Petitclerc, Canada’s Chef de Mission in Glasgow. “Canadian Team members who
watched Jonathan on the court were in awe of his talent and intensity. I am
pleased to know that Jonathan continues to be involved with Squash Canada
and its national team programs. I look forward to once again being witness
to the high level squash action in Glasgow, and welcome Shawn and Samantha
to our 2014 Commonwealth Games Team!”.
Danny Da Costa, Squash Canada’s Executive Director said, “The Commonwealth
Games are one of the most important competitions in squash and our athletes
are very excited to be competing in these 2014 Glasgow Games. The Canadian
Squash Team in Glasgow is poised to compete for Top 8 finishes in their
events, with Shawn Delierre an experienced world class squash player joining
one of the rising stars on the WSA World Tour Samantha Cornett who has the
potential to be challenging for medals and the 2018 event”.
The two athletes and coach nominated by Squash Canada to Team Canada for the
2014 Commonwealth Games were selected based on meeting Squash Canada’s
selection criteria and Professional Rankings. They include:
Samantha Cornett, 23, Ottawa, ON. Holder of 2 Canadian National Singles
Championships (2013 & 2014); ranked 28th in the World on the WSA rankings
and has 4 career WSA World Tour Titles. Cornett is also the 2011 Pan Am
Games Singles Silver Medalist and led Canada to the Gold Medal in the Team
Competition. Cornett has a number of wins over top 20 players in the world
including World #10 Dipika Pallikal of India.
Shawn Delierre, 31, Montreal, QC. Holder of one Canadian National
Singles Championship (2013); currently ranked #71 in the World on the PSA
World Rankings, he was a career high #38 in the world in December 2013.
Delierre has captured 12 career PSA Tour Titles in his 14-year career and
has been a member of Canada’s National Team for over a decade. At the 2011
Pan Am Games, Delierre captured the Bronze Medal in Singles and led Canada
to a silver medal finish in the team event.
Yvon Provencal (Coach), Montreal, QC. Squash Canada’s Men’s National
Team Coach. Under his leadership, Yvon has guided Canada at the 2010
Commonwealth Games, the 2011 Pan Am Games, 3 World Team Championship cycles
and 6 Pan Am Championships. Provencal has also been a squash coach for 30
years since graduating from the Université de Montréal in Physical Education
and is currently the Squash Director and Head Professional at club Sportif
MAA in Montreal.
A team of 265 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in
Glasgow, Canada’s largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games. The
entire Canadian Team, as well as the team’s flag bearer, will be officially
announced by Commonwealth Games in late June 2014.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23rd to August
3rd, 2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish