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Welcome back Derek!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Derek DeBono, CPT, CSCE-P

Derek DeBono is back at Windsor Squash & Fitness Club for the summer.  Derek has been involved with the Club for over 10 years and those who have worked with him, know that he is one of the most knowledgeable trainers in the game.  He has worked with a long list of high performance athletes, has helped countless people recover from injuries and has been a strong motivator for clients with a wide range of fitness goals.

Derek is a certified personal trainer, a certified strength and conditioning coach and a nationally certified expert in periodization training.   He is a service provider for the Canadian Sport Centre (Ontario) offering strength and conditioning training to Canada’s national team athletes and has coached athletes to provincial, national and world championships.

Derek is currently enrolled in the degree program in Athletic Therapy at Sheridan College/Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Derek is trained in functional movement screens, body composition assessment and soft tissue release. He is an experienced post rehabilitation strength training specialist

Please join us in welcoming Derek back to Windsor.   Contact Derek @

Welcome Graeme Williams!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Welcome Graeme Williams - Squash Professional

We are incredibly excited to announce that Squash Professional Graeme Williams is officially joining the Windsor Squash & Fitness Club team!  Graeme comes to us from the Surrey Sports Park located in Guildford, England.  He is due to arrive later this week with an official start date of May 7th.

Graeme has a long list of personal achievements in playing and coaching Squash.  He has worked extensively with England Squash through development programs in the London and South East Region and he has acted as a coach for the team representing Great Britain at the World University Championships.  He is an England Squash certified level 4 coach, an accomplished player and an all around great guy!

On Graeme’s arrival, he will be overseeing all of the Club’s Squash activities.  He has a keen interest in developing strong Junior and Adult programming for players of all levels and abilities.  He will also be available for Private, Semi-Private and small group lessons.

If you would like to be one of the first to step on the court with Graeme, he will be available for lessons starting on May 7th.  Please call the Club (519-966-2141) to secure your preferred time.  You may also contact Graeme directly at



TTC Draws

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

We’ve spent the week preparing for our own version of March Madness.  Starting today (Friday) the Club will be taken over by this year’s Tony Tomicic Challenge.  It will, no doubt, be a fantastic weekend of Squash and Fun.  Even if you’re not playing, please drop by and enjoy the event.

Here are links to the main round draws:

Singles Draws

Open          A Draw          B Draw          C Draw          D Draw          40+ Draw

All Junior Draws will be starting at 12:15 on Saturday

Doubles Draws

A Doubles          B Doubles

Ballet Bootcamp

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Here’s a new and fun program that we’re offering for 6-Weeks starting in April.  No previous dance experience is needed to participate.  Ballet is a great form of exercise that will help students strengthen and lengthen their muscles as well as increase their cardio endurance.   Plus it’s fun!

Katie is one of our newest instructors and she’s extremely excited to be offering this class.  Click here or on the picture for more details.  This class starts very soon (April 11th), so please call the Club right away to secure your spot!


Beach Volleyball … Back by Polular Demand

Monday, March 19th, 2012

We’ve heard your requests and we’ve decided to bring the beach fun back to Windsor Squash & Fitness Club.  It’s been a busy few weeks of planning, but registration is now open for your co-ed, six person team.  This season will bring tons (literally!) of new sand, as well as an outdoor bar and music.  We’ve already been fielding calls, and expect this to fill up fast, so don’t waste time and call today (519-966-2141)!

Click on the pic for a full size version



Way to go Anna!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Anna and personal trainer  Erin Porter after the Tampa Bay Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon on March 4, 2012.  Anna ran a personal best 2:26 and Erin completed  in 1:41.  It was a great race, with a pirate theme.  Both Erin and Anna took time to celebrate and enjoy the post race sun. 

Erin is a 3 time IronMan and has been helping her clients achieve their fitness goals for over 10 years.  She runs a very popular half-marathon clinic that leads into the Detroit Free Press Marathon in October.  Check back here or on our facebook page ( as the running group will start up again in the spring

What’s Happening – January 2012

Monday, December 26th, 2011

The New Year is fast approaching.  Here’s a list of some great programs starting in January 2012.  These programs are a great way to ensure your commitment to living a healthier year.  Also, don’t forget, we have a number of qualified personal trainers who can help you get your year started on the right foot!

Winter Squash League StartsJanuary 9th –  This is the biggest league of the year.  Don’t miss your chance to compete against players of a similiar level.  It doesn’t matter if you are a pure novice or advanced level player, we have a division for you!  The deadline to register is January 4th, so don’t waste time, call the Club at 519-966-2141 to secure your spot today.  Click here for more details.

Mommy Bootcamp StartsJanuary 10th –  Get in the shape of your life while working with Terese and other new moms.  This program runs twice per week for 8 weeks.  No need for a baby sitter, Mommy Bootcamp is for the kids too!  Click here to see the program poster or e-mail Terese.

Healthy Eating for Weight Management Series - January 12th – In partnership with the Windsor Family Health Team, we are proud to be offering a FREE 4-week seminar series on Healthy Eathing for Weight Management.  The program will run on Thursday nights from 6:00-8:00 starting on January 12th.  Click here for the full details or call Chris at the Windsor Family Health Team to Register(519-255-5656 x206).   

Squash Round Robins Start back upJanuary 12th – Players of all levels are invited to join Dave Guthrie on Thursday Nights at 7:00 for an informal hit around.  Meet new players and improve your skills.  E-mail Dave for more details.

FREE Introduction to Squash ClinicJanuary 14th – That’s right an opportunity to try the game of Squash out for FREE!  We will provide racquets and goggles if you don’ t have them and then take you out on the court for an introduction to the fastest growing racquet sport in America!  Find out what makes this game so great.  There will be lots of free time to practice your skills and compete with your friends.  The clinic starts at 2:00 and will finish at 4:00.  If you are interested, please RSVP by calling 510-966-2141.  Members and Non-Members are all welcome to join us for this event.

Munchkin Squash Starts – January 14th – Designed for kids ages 4-7.  This is a great program to help develop hand eye coordination and motor skills.  A fun way to introduce kids to sport.  The 10 week session starts January 14th at 10:00 AME-mail Dave or Call the Club for more information.

Junior Squash StartsJanuary 14th – This program is for kids aged 8 through 16.  Players will learn the fundamentals of Squash and provide them with an opportunity develop skills and compete with other players. The 10 week session starts January 14th at 12:15.  E-mail Dave or Call the Club for more information.

Karate for Kids Winter Session -  January 14th – Your child will learn self-defence, confidence and discipline with Sensei Kenji Takeshima, a former World Karate Gold medalist.  Classes start on Saturday January 14th at 1:00PM.  Registrations are still being accepted. Call the Club at 519-966-2141 to register today. 

Women’s Squash – January 20th - It’s ladies night on Friday Nights!  This 2nd Session of Women’s Squash will start on Friday January 20th.  Learn how to play with fun drills and games with Megan.  Call the Club to register or e-mail for more information.

Motor City Open Professional Squash TournamentJanuary 25th – Although this is not a Windsor Squash & Fitness Club event, it is one that may be of interest to Squash players in the area.  The Motor City Open is a premier stop on the professional Squash tour and it is held just up the road in Birmingham Michigan.  Those interested can find out more here.

Detroit Free Press Marathon

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Great job Windsor Squash and Fitness Club Runners on completing the Detroit Free Press 1/2 Marathon!

These runners completed 18 weeks of training with Erin Porter in her 1/2 Marathon Training Clinic. Excellent work Terese Mingay, Kathleen Bryan, Cathyna Soukthavone, Katie Paterson, Mark Beggs, Gudrin Bildfell, Mark Askew, Martine Askew, Sharon Strosberg, Paola Francis, Jackie Gianotti, Gregg Mayville, Lois Wares, Erica Lester, and Sal Mazzarelli.


All of their dedication, training, and hard work paid off.  They all crossed the finish line! They also enjoyed a pre-race pasta party at Windsor Squash and Fitness Club and post race celebration at the Kildare House.

Also, a big congratulations to all of the other Windsor Squash & Fitness Club members who completed the run.  Way to go Keith Henry,  Heather Douglas, Armelle Richardson, Kim Mullen, Steve Brennan, and Gina Graston.




What a great perfomance by so many hard working and dedicated runners!

Tri’ing to Make a Difference

Monday, August 15th, 2011

In addition to being an active exerciser, long time member, Heather Douglas has also been a great role model for young people.  For the past 5 years, Heather has been a youth mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has worked with at-risk youth to develop social competencies, self-esteem, positive decision-making and problem solving skills.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Heather has issued a pretty serious one to herself.  She has commited to completing the 2012 Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid next June.  Even more noteworthy, is that she has decided to seize this opportunity in order to raise funds for a cause that is both worthy and dear to her heart.  Heather has pledged to not only complete the Lake Placid Ironman, but also raise a goal of $14 000 to support youth mentoring through the United Way.

If you would like to support Heather in her challenge, you can click her for more details and ways to support.  Also, you can help spread the word, by “liking” this post on facebook.

Good luck Heather.  We’re all cheering for your success!

Nicks, Boasts and European Hosts

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Three of Windsor’s top Junior Squash players, David Mill, Berto Mill and Stefan Houbtchev were offered a chance of a lifetime to compete in 2 events in the European Junior Squash Super Series this summer.  The Super Series attracts some of the top Junior Squash players from across the world and allows participants eligibility for a World ranking.

The boys would first compete in the Pioneer Cup in Cologne, Germany.  Despite this event being the first that David, Berto or Stefan have played in outside of North America, they performed incredibly well.

In the under 13 division, Berto Mill had a very impressive tournament and finished in the 20th spot.   Berto has a limited number of competitive matches against players of his own age and it is obvious that he is improving by leaps and bounds with every one.

David Mill was equally impressive in the under 15 division.   Because of David’s lack of international competition, he was placed in the B tier.  He quickly showed that he belonged in the top division as he dismantled his first 3 opponents, before losing a very tough match in the Semi Finals.

For Stefan Houbtchev, this event was truly an international one.   While on his way to securing the 21st spot overall in the Under 15 division, Stefan did battle with 2 players from the USA, 1 from France, 1 from Denmark, 1 from Finland and 1 from Germany.   Of course 21st place is a very strong performance, never the less, Stefan could easily have moved up a few spots as he lost a very close 5 game match to the eventual 17th place finisher.

Next up for the Windsor trio will be the Dutch Junior Open, which starts July 7th in Amsterdam.  Good luck boys!  We’re all rooting for you!

Feel free to leave some words of encouragement in the comments section.