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Congrats Detroit Free Press 1/2 Marathoners!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

From all of our staff and members, we want to extend a sincere congratulations to the following members who successfully completed the Detroit Free Press 1/2 Marathon.  Some of these participants trained with our Half Marathon Group, others performed their training on their own.  All of them worked hard to reach the finish line.

Angela Volpatti  02:39:55                  Gregg Mayville  01:39:39

Paola Francis  02:42:22                       Emily Innis  03:26:30

Emily Gillard  02:54:09                      Katherine Konrad  02:54:09

Mark Askew  02:34:58                        Martine Askew  02:18:19

Mark Jacques  01:59:12                      Denisse Granados  02:08:41

Patricia Heath  02:08:45                    Marcella Porter  02:12:14

Thiago Fagionato  01:53:43              Kathleen Bryan 02:13:09

Steve Biro 01:45:30                              Sharon Strosberg 02:29:37

Steve Brennan 02:33:45                     Kristy McBeth 01:42:50

Erin Porter  01:42:07

The group preparing for race day on their final training run.

Celebrating after a successful race day!

This marks another year, where Erin’s group has achieved 100% success rate in participants who completed the race.  If you have never participated or witnessed this event, it is a truly special day.  With over 10 000 runners and growing, it is one of the premier special events in the region.  Look out for our program in spring of 2013 and we can help you safely and effectively train for this incredible race!

Way to go Runners!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

On Sunday September 23, 2012,  runners from Erin’s Half Marathon Running Goup succesfully completed the 6th annual  Amherstburg Running for Heros race.  This race was held on World Alzheimer’s day to  raise funds, as well as awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.   It was a beautiful day to take on the scenic course through the heart of Amherstburg.  Gregg Mayville, Thiago Fagionato, and Erin Porter completed the 1/2 Marathon. Denisse Ganados and Paola Francis completed the 10K race.  Great job runners!  Other WSF runners were Kristy McBeth, Steve Brennan and Joe Gatfield. 

The members of  Erin’s 1/2 Marthon Training Group will participate in the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon on Oct 21, 2012.  They have been training hard for the past 14 weeks!  They are less than 4 Weeks to their goal of copleting the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon.  The Detroit Free Press Marathon and Half Marathon is an International race that starts in Detroit and crosses over to Windsor and then finishes in downtown Detroit.   This is Erin Porter’s 4th year coaching the running clinic and preparing runners to exceed their goals. 


Congrats to Maddie McClosky!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Congratulations to Maddie Mcclosky for her performance at this year’s OFSAA West Regional Track Championships held Friday and Saturday this past weekend. Maddie finished FIRST PLACE in the 100m, 200m, and Javelin, and is ranked 1st overall in Ontario for junior girls. Earlier this year Maddie also set the Ontario junior girls 100m record.

Maddie has been working extremely hard to earn this incredible win. Way to go Maddie!! We’re all cheering you on this week at the OFSAA track meet!

Here’s a quick clip of Maddie tearing up the track in the 4 x 100 meter relay.  She’s the 2nd runner and she passes the herd like they are standing still!

And here’s a clip showing her win in the 200m final.  A close and very hard earned win!

Lastly, here is Maddy cruising to a confident win in the 100m final.

This post was brought to you by Colby Martin.  Colby is an IFA certified personal trainer who has, for the past 10 years, been helping a wide variety of clients achieve their personal fitness goals.   Colby continues to enjoy training a wide range of clients, including high level athletes looking to maximize their potential output to individuals working to regain a fit and healthy lifestyle.  To contact Colby, please call Windsor Squash & Fitness Club or

What’s Happening – Summer 2012

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Here’s what’s happening in Squash & Fitness over during the summer months.  There are different programs and activities of all types for all ages. There’s not better way to beat the heat and commit to an active lifestyle over the summer months! 

June 7th – Club Championships  –   The 2012 Club Champtionships are under way.  All draws are posted on the Squash board at the Club, please make sure to arrange your matches in the time alloted.  All are welcome to join us on June 28th for the finals and a celebration of the arrival of Graeme Williams.  Any questions about the Club Championships can be directed at Graeme (

June 12th – Running Group Training Starts – It’s back by popular demand.  Even if you have little or no experience running, this 18 week program will properly and safely prepare you for the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon in October.  If you do have experience running, then this program will help finish feeling better and in less time.  Click here for the program flyer or e-mail Erin (

June 23rd – FREE Introduction to Squash  – Join Graeme Williams from 2-4PM for a fun afternoon of Squash.  This is a chance to try or learn a little more about Squash for absolutely FREE.  Basic skills will be introduced, as well as rules and strategies.  We can provide racquets and eye protection if you don’t already have them.  So that we can properly prepare, please RSVP by calling the Club (519-966-2141) or by e-mailing Graeme (

June 30th – FREE Introduction to English Racquetball - Graeme has brought a whole new sport to Windsor in English Racketball. English Racketball is simliar to what we North Americans think of as Racketball, except that  the ball has been slightly modified and it is played on a Squash court.  This is a great sport for all ages, especially those who find Squash to be a little too hard on the body. Here’s a short video about English Racketball.  Come out from 2-4PM to try this great new sport.  So that we can properly prepare, please RSVP by calling the Club (519-966-2141) or by e-mailing Graeme (

July 3rd – Mommy Boot Camp – Our summer session for Mommy Boot Camp is scheluded to run on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 10:00AM for 12 Weeks.  New Moms, come and find out why this program has been popular for so many years.  Bring your babies and Terese will put you and other moms through a workout that will get your heart pumping and body moving.  For more info, check out the program flyer.

July 16th – Junior Squash Development Camp – This weeklong Development Camp will teach kids the technique and tactical considerations for the basic shots in squash. Players will learn through drills and conditioned games in a fun and friendly envi-ronment. This Camp is aimed at juniors aged 11 to 18 or those who have had some experience playing squashHere is the program flyer.

July 18th – Ladies Squash Clinic – This 4 Week program is for women only!  Join Graeme on Wednesday nights from 6:15 to 7:45, starting on July 18th, for 4 weeks.  You will learn the basic rules, skills and strategies of Squash.  There will be instruction as well as game play.  Guaranteed to get a sweat and have fun!  Total cost for the program is only $40!  To register, please call the Club (519-966-2141) or e-mail Graeme (

July 19th – Beginners Squash Clinic – Here’s a 4 week program for those who are new to Squash or have limited experience playing Squash.  Improve your skills and performance on the court.  Starting on Thursday July 19th, this program will run weekly from6:15 to 7:45.   Total cost for the program is only $40!  To register, please call the Club (519-966-2141) or e-mail Graeme (

July 23rd – Future Stars Squash Summer Camp – The Future Stars Camp will teach the basic skills of balance, agility and co-ordination through a variety of fun Squash related games and activities. This week long camp is aimed at juniors who are between the ages of 6 and 10 who are keen to learn a new sport, meet new friends and have fun!  Here is the program flyer.

July 30th – Start of Summer Squash League –  It’s back, the Die Hard Summer Squash league.  By popular demand, we’re continuing the tradition of making our Summer league a weekly team challenge.  Teams will consist of players from novice all the way to top level Club players.  Each week teams will face off against each other and accumulate points for every win.  Members and non-members are encouraged to play.  For more information, please e-mail Graeme (

July 30th – Junior Squash Performance Camp – The Performance Camp will teach advanced techniques and tactics de-ployed at Regional and National levels. The format of each day will be based on learning to train smart and practice effectively making the most of the time available.  This camp is aimed at juniors who play in regional or national tournaments and are serious about the game.  Each player will receive a file and a DVD to take along with feedback to ensure learning continues after the week.  Here is the program flyer.

August 27th – Junior Squash Preseason Camp – The Pre Season Training Camp is a 4 day camp designed to get all junior players ready for the up coming season.  The sessions will be both on and off court giving paying attention to all aspects of the needs of the game.  This Camp is aimed at all juniors who are keen to get back on court before school starts and ensure they are ready for the new squash season! Here is the program flyer.



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

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!

Way to Go WS&F Runners!!!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

On Sunday April 3rd, the Running Factory held their annual Miracle Run at Malden Park.  They run a series of 7 races over the season with each race raising money for a charitable organization.  Proceeds from this year’s Miracle Run were to benefit local Crime Stoppers.

The Miracle Run, is likely the most challenging of the series.  No matter if you’re running the 5km or 10 mile event, the course wraps through Malden Park and provides for some grueling hill climbs throughout the race.

Windsor Squash & Fitness Club is very proud of the 12 members who completed the courses in their race catogories.   Also, a special congratulations must go out to Erin Porter, who was the 1st female to cross the finish line in the 10 mile event.   Erin’s hard work training is clearly paying off as she readies herself for her 2nd IronMan in Germany later this year.

Congratulations to all the runners who participated, we look forward to following your progress throughout the season.

10 Mile Runners

Erin Porter, Keith Henry, Armelle Richardson & Barbara Poushinsky

5KM Racers

Rod Larson, David Waugh, Anna Del Duca, Gudrin Bildfell, Joe Gatfield, Kim Mullen, Sarah Waugh, Chris Waugh

Do you want to feel the thrill of crossing the finish line? Our 1/2 Marathon clinic is starting soon.  The goal of this program is to help you train safely and effectively towards completing the Detroit Free Press Half MarathonClick here for more details.