Chilliwack’s Jessica Evans is one of the two British Columbian women who are being honored as an ‘Emerging Female Leader’ in the sport of squash.
Evans was selected from a highly-competitive roster of women who championed the sport during the province-wide women’s squash week last September.
“Jessica was willing to drive from Mission to Chilliwack every week to help run the ladies program in Chilliwack,” said Shawn Zwierzchowski, the resident squash pro at the Chilliwack Squash Club. “The ladies look up to her as a high level female player and her presence inspires ladies to keep coming out to play.
“She runs the ‘Hot Boxes’ Chilliwack Women’s Squash Facebook group to help with communication and create a sense of community. She has recently completed her level-one coaching certification and also sits on the board of the Chilliwack Squash Club.”
With this honour comes a $500 government grant for the Chilliwack Squash Club, to continue enhancing programs for woman and girls in the community.
The Emerging Leader program was established in 2018.
“Clubs rely on their volunteer hours to organize events such as women’s squash clinics, leagues, fun tournaments and socials,” said Shelley Neil, Chair of the Women and Girls in Squash Committee. “We really appreciate the time and effort from these individuals to connect with the squash community.”