Squash Canada has announced that two former World number one players, Jonathon Power and Vanessa Atkinson, will take part in the 2014 Shop.ca Women’s World Team Squash Championship as broadcasters and match presenters.
Atkinson, 38, born in Newcastle, England and moved to the Netherlands at a young age, represented the Netherlands at both the junior and senior level, winning 12 Dutch National senior titles. Atkinson’s accomplished career includes 25 WSA women’s titles; including major events such as Qatar Classic, The KL Open, Tournament of Champions in New York, and Dutch Open.
Since her retirement in 2011, Atkinson has been busy working as a Master of Ceremonies and commentator at a number of squash events including the 2011 World Open in Rotterdam, the 2012 Hong Kong Classic, the World Series Squash finals in 2011 & 2012 as well as the 2013 and 2014 British Open events.
Jonathon Power – 1998 World Open Champion
Power, one of the most iconic names in squash worldwide, is Canada’s most decorated squash professionals.
He captured 36 PSA World Tour Titles in 58 finals, as well as winning the World Open (1998), the British Open (1999), the Super Series Finals (2003 & 2005), the PSA Masters (2001, 2002 & 2005), the Tournament of Champions (1996, 1999, 2000 & 2002), men’s singles Gold Medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and was a three time champion of the PACE Canadian Squash Classic in his career.
In August, Power was hired to lead Squash Canada’s Centre of Excellence Program based at the National Squash Academy in Toronto.
Power and Atkinson will serve as broadcast commentators during the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final round matches (December 4 – 6) on SQUASH TV’s broadcast. They will be joined by Squash Canada Performance Director Jamie Hickox a former World #15 and the former coach of the Malaysian National Team as well as Women’s World Team Squash Championship Master of Ceremonies Don Goodwin who was recently inducted into the Rogers Cup Tennis Hall of Fame.
Goodwin has often been called the ‘the voice of squash’ in North America with his over 35 year association with major tennis and squash events in Canada, the US and in England including the Pace Canadian Classic and the Tournament of Champions in New York. Since concluding his long and distinguished career with the CBC 25 years ago, Don has maintained his base of operations in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Championship Director, Danny Da Costa said: “It’s an honour and privilege to have some of the biggest names in squash at this year’s World Team Championships. We are looking forward to further enhancing what will be a spectacle and celebration of women in sport.”
The Championship will be streamed by Sportscanada.tv and Squash TV around the world from this website.