The Camps Bay Squash Club is a community facility run by an elected committee of volunteers whose responsibility is to manage, maintain and grow the club. The club relies on involved and active members and encourages its members to work with the committee in making the Camps Bay Squash Club a well functioning facility. The annual general meeting is an opportunity to get new members into leadership roles at the club and we encourage all members to attend this important meeting to ensure that the leadership is intact and on the right track.
ChairmanDave has been a member of Camps Bay Squash Club since 1995 and plays for the 7th league mens team. He has been Chairman of the club committee since 2009 and is responsible for overseeing all the portfolios in the club as well as for providing leadership in growing and moving the club forward. He is also part of the EXCO providing assistance in the running of the Camps Bay Sports Club in general.
TreasurerDoug has been a member at Camps Bay for about 15 years and has been playing squash for 35 years between 2nd and 5th league. He is the club treasurer, a role he has been doing since 2009, and handles all the payments, keeps track of all money coming into and out of the bank account, prepares the annual financial statements and ensures that expenses are kept within budget. He also chases up slow paying members! Please get in touch if you have any queries relating to the finances of the club.
Facility MaintenanceIvan Sodar has been a member since 2005 and is an active social squash player. He is in charge of all matters pertaining to facility upkeep and maintenance, including sanding floors, painting playing surfaces, maintaining lights and general club cleaning, upkeep and upgrades. Please get in touch if you find any aspect of the club requiring attention.
Lucy de Canha
Playing, marketing and online ladderLucy has been a member of the club since 2012. She plays Women's League squash and organises the club's summer league.
History of the Club
The establishment of the Camps Bay Squash Club is largely due to the efforts of Mr Eddie Walker. Eddie, a keen squash player, was tired of having to make the journey over the mountain and so in early 1964 he set about forming a squash club in Camps Bay. Residents were asked to donate R50 per person towards the costs of establishing the club and Eddie’s enthusiasm soon brought in sufficient potential members to make the club viable. At the inaugural meeting, held at the Camps Bay Hotel on 12 March 1965, he was elected chairman with Mr S.H. Zinn as secretary and Mr D. Hedges, as treasurer.
They committee arranged to lease the ground next to the Camps Bay Sports Club from the Council and then set about collecting funds to build two squash courts, which were completed in 1966. Two men’s teams (4th and 5th league) were entered in the WPS league in 1967 and a ladies’ team was entered in the second league in 1968 – which they won and as a result were promoted into the 1st League in 1969.
When the Camps Bay Hotel was demolished, the Club was able to obtain bar stools, couches and curtains which long time member and administrator, Mrs Wendy Way, adapted to fit the premises, thus bringing part of Camps Bay’s past into the club. Many of these items are still in use today. In 1974 the Club was able to build a further two squash courts, which were erected by Bernie Smith as part of the upgrading of the Camps Bay Club. These new facilities brought new members to the Squash Club and the club became one of the strongest in Cape Town. In the 1980’s the front part of the clubhouse was extended and the bar was moved from the rear of the buildingto the glassed-in sun deck overlooking the sports field, the beach and the sea. There are currently plans in progress to further extend the deck and reorganise the bar and braai areas in order to enlarge the entertainment areas and maximise use of the fantastic location and views.
Many excellent players have come up through the ranks. “Born and bred locals”, included Grant (Gunner) Way, who was SA champion in 1990, obtained Springbok colours and captained the South African team and Grant Isaacs, who was No 1 for the S.A. Universities team for three consecutive yearsin the late 80’s and represented Western Province for many years after that.
Others former members who represented South Africa were Trevor Wilkinson, Stuart Hailstone (both were SA Champions), Craig Wapnick and Di Sherren. Former members who played for Western Province included Donald Davidson, Brett Shaw, Johnny Sissons, Bruce Kaiser, Monty Brink, Wendy Harvey, Debbie Hall, Dawn Kaiser, Carla Way, Joanne Bester, Elaine Maller, Kim Faclier, Belinda Smith and Cindy Meintjies. Currently Sacha West is in the WP ladies A team and Antonio Bruni and Gareth Wobbe represent the WP Men’s B and C teams.
The Camps Bay Squash Club is available to hire as a venue. It is an ideal venue with cooking and bar facilities. It is located in the trendy suburb of Camps Bay and is a stone’s throw away from the beach. The first story bar offers exceptional, uninterrupted views of the Atlantic making it a perfect setting for any occasion.
Please contact the club should you want to hire this venue.
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