Stuart Dixon and Sandy Drever

Squash Canada awards Victoria leader prestigious national award

Dixon, a fixture of local and national squash, was inducted into Squash Canada’s Hall of Fame in 2010

A local business owner and respected squash coach received a rare and prestigious national recognition for his notable contributions to the game. Squash Canada has awarded Stuart Dixon, 71, with the Certificate of Achievement for his significant ongoing contributions to squash in Canada on a provincial level. Only one such distinction is awarded nationwide each year.

“I met Stuart soon after I came to Oak Bay more than 30 years ago. I have been a club member ever since,” said Phil Illingsworth, a realtor who lives in Oak Bay. “It’s not only about squash. Stuart has created such a welcoming atmosphere, that it is always fun to be there.”

Dixon, a fixture of the local and national squash scene for decades, was first inducted into Squash Canada’s Hall of Fame in 2010 for his coaching achievements. In 1983, he and his wife Sandy Drever were instrumental in establishing the facility known today as the Victoria Squash Club on Cook Street. 35 years later, he is still as enamoured with the game as he ever was.

“I feel so lucky that I chose squash as my sport. It’s super healthy, you can play all your life, and the community is always incredibly supportive,” says Dixon, joking that it also doesn’t hurt he met his wife at a squash tournament. All kidding aside, he says that without his wife’s support, the club would not exist today.

“What keeps both of us going is our dedicated and tight-knit community of squash players. This is about people as much as it’s about squash,” Dixon reveals, “I get incredible joy from seeing the people I coach and mentor enjoy themselves and improve their skills.”

Over the years, thousands of Victorians of all ages and abilities have learned to play – and love – squash at Dixon’s Victoria Squash Club. Some have even gone on to play professionally.

“Stuart has built a wonderful community at the Victoria Squash Club. He has created a welcoming place for total beginners and regular players alike, from young children to mothers and fathers, even octogenarians,” said Chris Hanebury, St. Michaels University School professional coach.

Dixon invites anyone and everyone to drop in and try the game that has given him so much lifelong joy.

“New players are always welcome, no prior experience is required,” says Dixon. “Introductory lessons are free – no obligation, and, equipment is provided. We’re always looking to welcome new members into our community, even for a short visit.”

He says even dogs are welcome at the club – although they are discouraged from hitting the courts. The Victoria Squash Club, at 1811 Cook St., has five regulation size squash courts, a small gym and an outdoor area for dogs. Learn more online at victoriasquashclub.com.


 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Esquimalt man arrested for child pornography

42-year-old man’s residence searched by VicPD units on Dec. 5

Oak Bay teen targets 1,000 toys

Toy drive for Stan Hagen Centre For Families is Dec. 15 and 16 on Oak Bay Avenue

Victoria to bid for World Cross-Country Championships

IAAF 2023 worlds could bring upwards of $10 million to region

Young girls fight STEM stigma with hackathon

Three SD62 middle schools took part in the Hackergal Hackathon

Victoria dad laments loss of provincial accessible parking standards

Push for CRD to address regional parking standards

WATCH: Hundreds of gifts go out to Victoria’s Our Place patrons

The Angel Gifts Program saw 700 Christmas presents go out to the community

POLL: Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

The rain Vancouver Island is famous for is coming down in buckets,… Continue reading

‘People talk about deep sadness:’ Scientists study climate change grief

Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes.

Senate delays start of sittings in new home, delaying start of broadcasts

The Senate and House of Commons are moving into temporary homes for the next decade as a result of long-planned and badly needed renovations to the Centre Block.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

EU leaders gather for a two-day summit, beginning Thursday, which will center on the Brexit negotiations.

BCHL’ers blanked by Russia at World Junior A Challenge

Canada West loses battle of the unbeaten teams in the preliminary round

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Local authorities increase death toll to three, including 13 wounded and five in serious condition

Second Canadian missing in China after questioning by authorities

Michael Spavor, founder of a non-profit that organizes cultural-exchange trips to North Korea, “is presently missing in China”

Most Read