The Men's World Team Championship begins in one month. Today we're going to present Canada's official team. They were the first to officially announce their team for the MWT 2017 after doing a player's trial matches to select the team. Canada looks to better their 11th place finish from four years ago, at the 2013 Championship. We'll have an eye on Canada and their promising young players.
You can find all the teams' information on this page.
Nick Sachvie, Andrew Schnell, Shawn De Lierre, and Mike McCue will be the official team in France, from November 26 to December 3. A. Schnell and De Lierre emerged from the trials round robin format with 3-1 records, with McCue’s 2-2 standing notching the players’ team selection.
Canada's MWT 2013 result : 11th
Canada's best result : runner-up in 1997
2017 Canadian Squash Championship Men’s Open champion, Nick Sachvie was automatically selected on Team Canada thanks to his Canadian Championship title in May. He played a strong 2016-17 Professional Squash Association (PSA) season by managing to win his first ever PSA event, the Life Time Minneapolis Open 2016. Sachvie captured two more tournament titles this season. He is Canada’s highest ranked male on the PSA World Tour at n°65 and started playing on tour in 2014 at age 22, he is know 25.
Canada’s second highest PSA World Tour ranked player, Andrew Schnell, won his spot through the four-day team trial event held in Montreal. Schnell had three PSA World Tour final appearances in the 2016-17 season, including one win at the Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro-Am 2017.He started his professional career at age 17 and will be 26 for the World Championship. He is ranked n°71 on the PSA World Tour.
Shawn De Lierre
Veteran 35 years old Shawn De Lierre of Montreal, was a member of the gold medal winning 2015 Pan Am Games Men’s Team and is Canada’s longest active PSA World Tour player. De Lierre has been a member of the Canadian squad at the past four World Championships and will look to draw on his past experience when team Canada will enter the competition. He is ranked n°76 on the PSA World Tour.
Mike McCue also had a quite successful 2016-17 season on the PSA world tour as he entered the top 100 for the first time in his career obtaining n°90 ranking. His performances over the last 12 months have included making it to the finals of the Men’s Open at the 2017 Canadian Squash Championships, a first for McCue, and advancing to the semi-finals in five PSA world tour events. Canada's youngest player, he will gain all the experience he can from this competition.
David Baillargeon of Montreal, will be the team’s non-travelling reserve after finishing 4th at the team trials.
“Nick had a breakout season on the PSA World Tour this past year and Mike, Andrew and Shawn had extremely solid seasons as well. Following an exciting and well played Team Trials event we are excited with Team Canada's entry to the World Team Championship. I’m looking forward to seeing what the guys bring to the courts in Marseille. Shawn and Andrew have represented Canada a number of times and I’m sure will be great leaders on and off the court for Nick and Mike, both of whom make their first appearance at a World event. The Men’s World Team Championships offers us the chance to compete against the best players in the world and is our chance to show the world how Canadian squash is developing.” - Men’s National Coach, Yvon Provencal