Racquetball Canada names National Elite & Development Teams

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Winnipeg - Racquetball Canada is pleased to announce its Men’s and Women’s National Elite and Development Teams for the 2013-14 season that will begin in the fall. Players qualified for these team based on their performances during the 2012-13 season.

Four of the Men’s Elite Team - Mike Green (Burlington, Ont.), Tim Landeryou (Saskatoon), Eric Desrochers (Ancaster, Ont.) and Vincent Gagnon (Montreal) - are the same as last season, but Coby Iwaasa (Lethbridge, Alta.) and Pedro Castro (Brossard, Que.) are new.

Iwaasa is the current Canadian Boy’s U18 Champion and World Junior Boy’s U16 Champion. He finished 3rd at the Canadian National Champions in Langley, B.C. last month, behind Green, who won the title and runner-up Landeryou.

Castro is a former Canadian Boy’s U18 Champion, winning the title in 2010, and he finished 5th at Nationals last month.

Both Iwaasa and Castro were Development Team members in 2012-13.

On the women’s side, five of the six Elite Team members are the same as last season, including Canadian Champion Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg. Joining Saunders are Josee Grand’Maitre (Longueuil, Que.), Christine Richardson (Regina), Frederique Lambert (Montreal), Michele Morissette (Baie Comeau, Que.), and for the first time Valerie Fallu (Brossard, Que.). Fallu was a Development Team member last season.

Players on the Elite Teams are the most likely to represent Canada next year at the 2014 Pan American Championships and the 2014 World Championships, which will be hosted in Canada for the first time since 1992.

Canadian National Racquetball Teams for the 2013-14 Season

Men’s Elite Team
Mike Green (Burlington, Ont.)
Tim Landeryou (Saskatoon)
Coby Iwaasa (Lethbridge, Alta.)
Eric Desrochers (Ancaster, Ont.)
Pedro Castro (Brossard, Que.)
Vincent Gagnon (Montreal)

Women’s Elite Team
Jennifer Saunders (Winnipeg)
Josee Grand’Maitre (Longueuil, Que.)
Christine Richardson (Regina)
Frederique Lambert (Montreal)
Michele Morissette (Baie Comeau, Que.)
Valerie Fallu (Brossard, Que.)

Men’s Development Team
Nathaniel Husulak (Saskatoon)
Lee Connell (Saskatoon)
Samuel Murray (Baie Comeau, Que.)
Kurtis Cullen (Brandon, Man.)
Tanner Mattson (North Vancouver, B.C.)

Women’s Development Team
Brigitte Richard (Saint Basile Le Grand, Que.)
Alexis Iwaasa (Lethbridge, Alta.)
Danielle Drury (Saskatoon)
Lindsay Swaine (Etobicoke, Ont.)

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