The Canary Wharf Squash Classic, which took place between 5-9th March 2018 is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PSA World Tour calendar. The tournament, held at Canary Wharf’s iconic Wintergarden in East London, received a sold-out audience.
LycaHealth was the Official Health Partner for the tournament, and sponsor for the annual Corporate Challenge, which was held on finals night. The deal saw the 2018 Corporate Challenge rebranded as The LycaHealth Corporate Challenge incorporating the Squash Mile Squash Competition.
The LycaHealth Corporate Challenge saw Aviva Investors, featuring Team Captain Neil Cordell, Daniel Thompson and Joubeen Hurren, claim a 3-0 victory over OC&C Strategy in the grand final.
Neil, Aviva’s Research & Governance Analyst, said: “On behalf of Aviva Investors, I want to say thanks to [Tournament Promoter] Tim [Garner], LycaHealth and everyone else involved in running the corporate squash tournament.
“It was a great opportunity to compete against other companies in our industry and playing on the glass court at East Wintergarden was a fantastic experience. We are looking forward to defending our title next season.”
LycaHealth Chairwoman, Prema Subaskaran took to the stage and proudly presented Aviva Investors with the LycaHealth Corporate Challenge Trophy. They were also awarded a free massage courtesy of LycaHealth for their win.
Prema said, “Attending and watching the finals at the PSA Canary Wharf Classic was a fascinating and exciting experience, and a pleasure to watch! To have LycaHealth as the named health partner for the tournament was an honour, and our medical staff showed great tenacity and enthusiasm in providing courtside medical assistance wherever necessary.
“All the event organisers were a pleasure to work with, I would particularly like to thank Tim Garner for all his guidance and support leading up to, and throughout the event, and wish all the players the best of luck in any future games they may play.”
The LycaHealth Corporate Challenge featured a cup final, plate final and shield final, which were won by Allen & Overy, PWC and Herbert Smith Freehills, respectively.
The LycaHealth medical team, which included official doctor, Ralph Rogers, physiotherapists, sports massage therapists, and a nurse for blood injuries, were courtside for the entire tournament to attend to player injuries throughout the week. The use of the LycaHealth Canary Wharf clinic was also open to all players.
Some of the world’s leading squash players, including world No. 3 Ali Farag, four-time champion James Willstrop, and British player Daryl Selby, competed for the title of World Champion and the record $100,000 prize money on offer.
This year’s Canary Wharf Squash Classic was the first ranking PSA World Tour event to use best-of-three scoring format up until the semi-finals, which returned to the classic five-game format.
After a tense round one, quarter final and semi final, players Mohamed ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen went head-to-head in the memorable final.
Mohamed ElShorbagy became the first Egyptian to claim the World Champion title at the Canary Wharf Squash Classic, defeating fellow player and compatriot, Tarek Momen.