Wednesday, February 8, 2023

White Oaks centre renamed after Mark Sachvie

Fitting tribute to a squash legend as the Women’s World Team Championships venue at Niagara on the Lake is renamed
By Squash Mad Reporter

The new name at White Oaks Resort

OTTAWA (ON) –White Oaks Resort & Spa honoured the memory of Mark Sachvie its long-time employee on Friday October 17, by renaming its squash facility “The Mark Sachvie Squash Centre @ White Oaks”.

Sachvie who spent 32 years at White Oaks, died suddenly on November 30, 2013 of a heart attack. Mark was also the President of Squash Ontario and at the time of his death both the Racquets Director at White Oaks and the Women’s World Team Squash Championship Director which is slated to take place December 1 – 6 at White Oaks.

“What a fitting tribute to one of games great squash builders. Mark built a thriving junior squash culture at White Oaks, he developed numerous Canadian squash champions, developed three generations of players and touched thousand of squash players from all around the world with his love of the game”, said Danny Da Costa, Executive Director of Squash Canada, who worked alongside Sachvie at White Oaks as Tennis Director and at Squash Canada.

Da Costa added that renaming the courts at White Oaks solidifies Mark’s legacy. “Mark will always remain a part of White Oaks in life and death, it’s great that White Oaks will continue his legacy by renaming the squash facility after him”.


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  1. Thank you for covering this story on Mark Sachvie. Mark was a great supporter of the game and he is missed by all of us in Canada. His impact was immense, he produced 3 generations of national champions, world class players on and off the court. RIP my friend!

    • Morning Danny. My pleasure entirely. I spent a couple of day with Mark at White Oaks a few years ago when Simon Scott (Harrow UK) and I made a detour ahead of a World Squash Day match between London and New York at the NYAC.
      We discussed setting up a major professional event at White Oaks and settled on the idea of a glass court in the tennis hall.
      Glad to see this come to fruition with the Women’s World Championships.
      Our visit coincided with the Canadian Age-Group Championships and we set up the radar gun on the wonderful glass-back court with a camera view through the middle of the (glass) front wall.
      I remember Jonathon Power looking on as the Delierre brothers had a head-tohead battle, with Jason I think hitting 156mph. JP declined to have a go, and then Simon Scott went on court in his day clothes and blasted a quick 160mph.
      I remember the vodka/lime cocktails sliding down rather nicely after we came back from playing at another local club.
      Great days and happy memories. It was clear that Mark was leading something special.
      His death was a tragedy and came much too soon. I can imagine how much he is missed by his family and the squash community in Canada.
      Good luck with the WWT.

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