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Unfortunately and once again disappointing, the 2021 NZ Masters (individuals & teams) has been cancelled. The statement below has been circulated by Squash New Zealand.....
'Squash New Zealand, Host Clubs and Districts have made the decision that New Zealand Masters Individuals and Teams will be cancelled for 2021. The host clubs worked hard on getting the event to go ahead in October. However, due to the Sport NZ guidelines that have recently been released, this was no longer a viable option. The new guidelines state that all facilities must adhere to the gatherings of 50 and this must be a single group - different people cannot come and go under these group limits. They also state that now is not the time to have a large event. Keep things simple. We did look into postponement options for the individuals which unfortunately hasn't been able to line up this year.'
Squash New Zealand and the Districts have made the decision based on the recent Government update that Junior Nationals will be cancelled for 2021. We need to provide certainty to those attending the event and therefore the decision needed to be based on the information that we have at present, and under the current guidelines we would be unable to run the Junior Nationals. Unfortunately the right call is not to have a postponement date to ensure we are following the Sport NZ season transition guidelines and Balance is Better philosophy.
We wish to congratulate all of the Juniors that made their District representative team for 2021and wish our juniors the best when it comes to safely returning to play.
The decision has also been made to cancel the Champion of Champions. Although this is a smaller event, after consultation with our districts it was decided that we were not going to be able to have high enough attendance to warrant the event going ahead as well as the travel factor in getting to Whangarei.
Promotion & Competitions Manager