The most affordable provider of high-end gear in Canberra

This is an "About Us" page, right? So if all you need is a way to get in touch, please use one of the following methods:

  • Fill out: Contact Us form
  • Phone us: 0400 985 650
  • Write to us: 75 Deamer Crescent Richardson, ACT, 2905
  • Visit us:
    • at our Richardson outlet: 75 Deamer Crescent Richardson, ACT, 2905
    • at our Pro Shop located at the Woden Squash Courts, Phillip, Canberra.

If on the other hand, you actually want to know something about Yowie Squash, our people or our cat, please feel free to hang around on this page!


The blurb

Yowie Squash is a family owned business based in the Tuggeranong Valley, Canberra. Every member of the family is actively involved in the local squash community: We coach and participate in junior training squads, Seniors, Womens', Masters' and social competitions throughout the region. We also manage squads on tour and referee tournaments both locally and around the country. We work on our local club committees for the mighty Vikings Squash Club. Furthermore, Yowie Squash actively supports other squashies - no matter which club they call home throughout Canberra and our surrounding districts. Bryson will even drive a bus for the club from time to time!

We operate in two locations on the south side of Canberra. The business commenced in 2009 with our Richardson outlet. Since then, we have also taken up residence at the Woden Squash Centre in Philip.

Gratuitous photo of the Yowie Squash family with Australia's Cameron Pilley

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Yowies in the community

Yowie Squash provides continuous support to the Vikings Squash Club and its members. (Don't get me wrong, we're very fond of our friends from the other clubs around Canberra, but you know ... we're Vikings, right? You've gotta support your team ...)

Naturally, we support all squashies and in particular the juniors in the Australian Capital Territory, no matter what club or organisation they represent. However, our contributions are not just local: Yowie Squash is also a very proud supporter of the Australian Squash Tour, including the Australian Open. Further, we have the privilege of being associated with the Australian Junior Squash Tour including most of the junior tournaments held in Canberra throughout the year. In particular, Yowie Squash enjoys the role of principal sponsor of the Vikings Junior Challenge, a highly innovative and professionally run, award-winning junior tournament hosted by our very own Vikings Squash Club. We are delighted that we have been able to continue our support every year since that fantastic event was first devised!

I'm a Viking right? So, it's an obvious costume for our "Yellow Day" charity fundraiser!

Oh yes, we at Yowie Squash also support our community by getting directly involved - whether through organisation and administration, provision of goods and supplies, or simply putting on a costume and playing squash to raise money for the charities that our squash community actively supports.

 I'm a Viking ... so, it's an obvious costume for our "Yellow Day" charity fundraiser!

Logo of the Vikings Squash Club

Logo of the Australian Junior Squash Tour

Logo of Australian Squash Tour

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The business of Yowiefication

Yowie Squash advertising posterYowie Squash enjoys access to global supply chains, but very much prefers to work with other Australian businesses, organisations and people that actively support our squashies. We have access to just about all the well-loved and well-known squash brands as well as a whole bunch of other, more obscure brands. We aim to stock medium to high-end gear only and as one testimonial writer puts it, there is "no cheap rubbish" to be found in our stores. (Thanks John!) Even so, our prices are competitive, and we pride ourselves on delivering fantastic products to the whole community. (After all, you don't want to win a match on Pennant night, only to share your supper with some scoundrel who blames their loss on the quality of their gear, right!?)

 

Image of a stock controller

As a family business, we spend a fair bit of time, attending to supply and distribution issues at weird times of day. This is a good thing for our customers, because it means that we are often ready to serve at ridiculous times of day or night - providing the fastest and most accurate service anywhere in the district. It means, for instance, that if you break a string at Masters' on a Tuesday night, you can drop your racquet off in our innovative racquet drop boxes after the fixture, yes at 11 pm if necessary - and chances are, your racquet will be ready before you get around to having lunch on Wednesday! For our interstate customers, it means that you order will be packaged up and shipped as soon as the courier can get to us. In other words, its the express couriers that are the slowest part of the process!

 

 One of our stock controllers at work. Did we mention it's a family business? Yup, that's Sam, doing a very good job of being meticulous with the stock count as he accepts the latest shipment of grips from our good mate, Steve (Karakal Australia).

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How the "Yowie" became a Squashie!

Brayshaw's Hut

Well, you see ... it goes like this: Many years ago, Kim and I took a drive down a dirt track heading south through the Namadgi National Park in the Brindabella Ranges. (In winter, we can see the snow on top of the Brindabellas from our backyard.) As we travelled down the track, we came across an abandoned grazier's hut. It was time for lunch, so we stopped to stretch our legs and have a look around. The hut itself is typical of other remote dwellings built during the early 1900s. What was special about this hut was that inside, there was a ledger, in which there were scores and scores of reports. When viewing the reports, it didn't take a genius to discern a theme. Although some reports talked about the location, the weather, or the point of origin of the various travellers that had made it thus far ... the vast majority of the reports concerned Yowie Sightings. Yup, that mythical Aussie beast, that is the Down Under equivalent of the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman. It turns out that our part of Australia enjoys the highest rate of Yowie Sightings when compared to any other region! Well, we thought: ok, cool, and then went outside and had lunch - completely forgetting everything about it.

Yowie the CatThe next day, having arrived back in Canberra, we went to the RSPCA shelter to get a cat. We had no particular type of cat in mind - just one that wouldn't destroy our arms and backs whenever you weren't taking sufficient defensive precautions. (Wow, did we get THAT bit wrong - as it turns out!) Well, anyway, we found a cat. It was a cat with Personality. It was a cat that had total disdain for all of the other cats in the cage,and a fair amount of disdain for the people walking past as well. But for some reason, Kim and I decided that this was the cat for us, so we paid the fees, collected her and brought her home. We didn't name her immediately. Our philosophy is that animals will tell you their name when they're good and ready. So we waited. Sometimes you have to wait a while. But in this case, the cat declared her name quite early in the piece. She advised us, that henceforth, she was to be referred to as "Yowie". And so it seems, that in a round-about way, our visit to Brayshaw's Hut, just up the road (figuratively speaking) from the highest mountain in Australia, had produced yet another Yowie Sighting. We didn't exactly see the beast from the porch of the hut, but it was only because of the hut that we discovered the cat's true name in any case!

Then, several years passed. Many thought that the cat was named after the sound that most people would scream when the cat would casually walk vertically up their back whilst that person was standing stock still .... "Yoooowwwwiiiieeeeee!!!!" they would howl in pain. Or, alternatively, a new victim would approach the cat. (Any humanoid would do ...) The cat would beguile that person into stroking her. The first stroke would cause the cat to lean in. The second would draw a purr. The third would result in loss of human blood - along with the customary yell of pain. Even so, the cat has remained - as integral a member of the family as any other being.

Yowie Squash logo

And so, in time, when we were casting around for names for our new business venture, we settled on a name. We had rejected all the boring options like "Canberra Squash" or "Capital Squash" and many others as well before it became obvious to us. And then, without hesitation, and without bothering to check whether or not it was a good idea, we lodged our business name and set about designing a graphic to represent our business. That great mythical Australian beast, which so many travellers have claimed to have sighted throughout the districts of our home in Canberra became the image of our company. The logo, is the Footprint of a Yowie, Stamping its Authority on the Stringbed of a Squash Racquet. And for those who really want to know: the logo was stenciled from my own foot (with alterations made after the fact), and the racquet head and shape were faithfully recreated from the frame of the racquet that I was using at the time when Yowie the Cat agreed to come and join our family. (We had to use my footprint, because I would have lost an arm if we had tried to stencil Yowie the Cat's paw print!)

So there it is: full circle. That great mythical beast of Australian folklore provided the name for our Cat, who in turn inspired the naming of our business which then needed a graphic that represented the original Australian creature.

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The musicology of squash racquets

Squash racquets are very musical things!Stephie weaves the crossesRandom fact: If you string the mains (vertical strings of a racquet stringing pattern) and stop there, you can play your squash racquet like a harp!? This has been tested by the children on multiple occasions. They're actually getting quite good at playing tunes in the brief time between when the mains are tensioned and when work has begun on weaving through the crosses (horizontal strings).
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Referees, Yowies and a Ned

I was trapped into becoming a ref! I didn't really want to do it, but the Club President said that we needed some people to "do the course, just so we can help our juniors a bit at training". So I agreed to do the course and sit the test ...

Well, the next week I found myself with official referee duties at the ACT Open, and only a short time later, refereeing the first round of the Australian Open! Needless to say, I was terrified.

Then I was amused ... because it turns out that my next job would be in Hobart for the Australian Junior Championships! Who would have thought that "come and help our juniors a bit" would turn into national travel? Well, I haven't resigned yet, and I've got to say I probably won't. After all, the Ref has the best seat in the house, although it's only the best seat in the house if you've got a really thick skin ...

Bryson's first interstate refereeing appointment - they called me "Ned"Bryson & David climbing Mt Wellington

The first picture is a photo of me refereeing the Australian Junior Championships ... the second photo is a picture of me with my nationally ranked referee mate, David.

Refs are perfectly normal people, right?

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The most important things are usually left till last! 

No, that image hasn't been "manipulated" - that's me with one of my favourites - Jared CrouchI am an absolutely one-eyed Sydney Swans supporter (and no, that image on the left hasn't been "manipulated". That's me with one of my favourites - Jared Crouch).

My view is that there is only ONE (1) team in the AFL competition. There are, of course, several other groups of players that present at the various sporting facilities each week, but their only function is to act as targets for the Swans. This is an Undeniable truth of the Universe. If this statement loses the Yowie Squash community a sale, well, that's just too bad: there's no point in being one-eyed if you're willing to negotiate on a fundamental truth!

By the way, people often support a "second team". I do not. However, if I did, it would definitely be the Coober Pedy Saints - a team that battles against teams such as Andamooka and Roxby Downs in the South Australian Far North Football League (formerly Woomera & Districts Football League).

 

 

Just a regular day at the footy! The Hallowed Turf Coober Pedy Football Club
Just a regular day at the footy! The Hallowed Turf. Coober Pedy Football Club

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