by Luke St. Onge
Racquetball lost a great friend, supporter and benefactor when Scott
Winters recently left Ektelon to advance his career in marketing.
Scott started out in racquetball as a teaching professional, then
later headed the USRA Junior Council in the mid eighties, and hosted
the 1985 Junior Nationals in Newport Beach, California. His marketing
career moves landed him at several racquet manufacturers across the
country before he was selected to take charge of the Ektelon division
of Prince. Throughout his career, Scott has been a dedicated supporter
of the sport and its growth worldwide who managed many
developmental projects by taking a personal and hands-on approach. We
wish Scott every success and happiness in his new endeavor.
The IX World Championships are now history. The Bolivian Worlds were
very special in every sense. The crowds at Opening Ceremonies; the
Parade of Nations; the support of the Bolivian government through Mr.
Juan Antonio Tehran of the Ministry of Sport; the LOC and their
hundreds of volunteers, and the ever-present press corps coverage. All
this, plus the competitive breakthroughs by the Bolivian, Venezuelan,
and Mexican teams in the team competition; the visit by Bolivian
President Gral. Hugo Banzer Suarez, who opened the Games; and the
exhibition doubles match between IRF Executives and the Bolivian Vice
President and the Sports Minister; the gorgeous venue at the Country
Club Of Cochabamba with four new courts and an exceptional staff who
worked 24 hours a day to be ready. And last, but certainly not least,
President of the Bolivia Racquetball Federation, Jose Virreira who saw
his dream and vision come to life after working tirelessly for
a full decade to make the 98 Worlds become a reality. To all, a
well-deserved round of applause in gratitude!
Bolivian President Gral. Hugo Banzer Suarez
presents the Bolivian flag at opening ceremonies. To his left: Juan
Antonio Tehran of the Bolivian sports ministry.