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Olympic Bid Fund-Raiser
in Los Angeles

Terence Kinnear reports…

On May 17th Bob Hanscom, former long-time professional at the prestigious Los Angeles Athletic Club, organised a dinner for 45 invited guests at the The Club. At that event, the guests heard speeches from (among others) Samantha Teran (Mexico’s #1 female player, WIPSA #16 and Olympic Bid Athlete Ambassador) - and from Rod Symington (WSF Senior Referee Assessor and a Member of the WSF Referees and Rules Committee).

Samantha spoke from the heart in describing what participating in the Olympics would mean to her - and the enormous pride she would feel if she were to hear her national anthem played. Her speech was briefly interrupted by an earthquake – which those present interpreted as a good omen.

Rod followed and began by saying: “When I return to Canada tomorrow, I will tell my friends that last evening I was sitting next to the beautiful Samantha Teran – and the earth moved!”

He outlined briefly some of the many efforts that have been undertaken by the WSF, with the support of the PSA and WISPA, to convince the IOC members that squash deserved to be admitted into the Olympics. He also quoted the Sports Illustrated article that ranked squash’s chances as 4 –1, second-best out of the seven sports competing for two available places.

This day was also Bob Hanscom’s 73rd birthday, and it was very unselfish of him to use the occasion to promote squash’s Olympic Bid and to urge the attendees to support the bid with a much-needed financial contribution.

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You know the idea of getting Squash2016 banners in iconic locations on May 23rd (if not, here it is) ???

Well, in Los Angeles they've already started - Mr Southern California Squash (retired) Bob Hanscom has taken the banner to some of LA's best and most prominent locations to show us all how it's done ...

We'll show you the LA shots one at a time so you have a chance to work out where you should put YOUR banners on May 23rd, Squash for 2016 Day ...

While taking the photos, crowds gathered and took their own photos of our banner. Who knows where those photos will appear!

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#4: The Walt Disney Concert Hall

A downtown Los Angeles icon almost from the moment it opened in 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is the newest part of the performing arts center. Designed by Los Angeles' premier architect Frank O. Gehry, the Disney Hall is modern Los Angeles at its best, with an approachable interior and a sleek design.


Universal City Walk is the name given to the entertainment and retail districts located adjacent to the theme parks of Universal Parks & Resorts. Originating as an expansion of Universal's first park, Universal Studios Hollywood, City Walk serves as an entrance plaza from the parking lots to the theme parks.

#2: The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is a famous landmark in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, California, spelling out the name of the area in 50 feet (15 m) high white letters. It was created as an advertisement in 1923, but garnered increasing recognition after its initial purpose had been fulfilled


Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park and City Walk Special Events is a one-stop shop for excellence in events. Only Universal Studios Hollywood brings true Hollywood style to events with several unique outdoor and indoor venues, including the 9,600-square-foot Globe

Photos by by Michael Burke of B1 Photography


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