The entries for the 2016 Vikings Junior Challenge, arguably the most important activity on the Vikings Squash Club calendar each year, were finalised in the past 12 hours. I am pleased to report that over the upcoming weekend of 20 and 21 August, the Active Leisure Centre - and the home of the Vikings Squash Club - will host a Vikings Junior Challenge that consists of:
- 9 divisions: involving 51 players - a new VJC record!
- Under 11 Boys: 4 players: round robin
- Combined Under 11 / 13 Girls: 5 players: round robin
- Under 13 Boys: 6 players: split round robin
- Under 15 Boys: 16 players: Monrad system
- Under 15 Girls: 3 players: 2 x round robin
- Under 17 Boys: 5 players: round robin
- Under 17 Girls: 5 players: round robin
- Under 19 Boys: 4 players: round robin
- Under 19 Girls: 3 players: 2 x round robin
- competing in 95 matches to be played during a period of 50 hours
- Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm using 5 courts
- Sunday: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm using 5 courts.
- Our previous best division structure has been 7 out of the target 10 divisions. This year we have achieved 9 divisions out of 10. It should be acknowledged that very few Clubs in the greater NSW region achieve such a high rate of completion for tournament division structures.
- Our previous best tournament boasted 41 entrants. This year we have achieved 51 entrants (with several legitimate apologies ... 2017 is looking like a very promising year for the VJC!) By way of comparison, a Club level tournament is generally considered a raging success at 30+ participants!
- The Under 15 Boys represents the first time that this event has achieved the perfect target of 16 athletes in a single division! This target is only rarely met by tournaments of any size in Australia!
- Due to the weird permeations of the draw (as well as a moderate amount of creative draw management ...), the number of booked hours has not increased, despite the 25% increase in entrants and matches played. This means that our costs have not increased in relation to previous years, even as our revenue has grown.
Sponsorship (alphabetical when listed):
- Contributions from Brumby's, Coles, Vikings Group and Woolworths are sufficient to mean that Vikings Squash Club does not need to outlay any funds in respect of the fund-raising canteen. All money raised is clear profit and will be used in support of the development of our already outstanding Junior Program throughout 2017.
- Contributions from Karakal, Stellar, Squash ACT and Vikings Group place us in a similar position with regard to raffle and non-place winning awards.
- The provision of $100 vouchers from Yowie Squash to all first place winners, along with a variety of other smaller prizes ensures that all those athletes who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their division will receive a share in one of the largest prize pools available anywhere in Australia for a tournament on the Australian Junior Squash Tour!
- Contributions from Squash ACT ensure that we have the capacity to continue to reward our athletes with the most generous prize pool and incentives in our region.
- Ongoing contributions from Active Leisure Centre, Alucom, Vikings Group and Yowie Squash continue to support our Junior program in particular and our Club more generally to the extent that we have been able to provide travel support to Juniors, fees for Premier Players and direct support to Coaches seeking Professional Development - all whilst keeping costs to regular Club Members to some of the lowest costs available anywhere in our region!
In short, this year's tournament has the prospect of setting our Club up for a very supportive-year-to-come with respect to our Junior members, our Club in full and the ACT region more generally.
Our sincerest, most respectful and enthusiastic thanks to all involved!
Vikings Junior Challenge Team.