Christie Van Hees

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Christie Van Hees
Christie Van Hees at 2007 US Open Racquetball Championships.jpg
Van Hees at 2007 US Open, Memphis Tennessee
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1977-07-05) July 5, 1977 (age 40)
Kelowna, British Columbia
Residence Dallas, Texas
Sport
Sport Racquetball
Achievements and titles
National finals 1st 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006-2008 (singles)
Highest world ranking 1st 2005

Christie Van Hees (born July 5, 1977) is a retired Canadian racquetball player. Van Hees won two World Championships in women's singles and was the number one women's professional player at the end of the 2004-2005 season.

Professional career[edit]

Van Hees's three US Open Racquetball Championships - the most prestigious pro racquetball title - are the third most by a woman behind Paola Longoria with six and Rhonda Rajsich with four. Van Hees won in 2000 and 2005, defeating Rajsich in the finals both years, and then again in 2006, when she defeated Cheryl Gudinas in the final.[1] Her 2005 victory helped Van Hees finish that season as the #1 player in the women's professional rankings.

Canadian and international career[edit]

Van Hees has won six Canadian Championships in 1997, 1998, 2000, and three consecutive years from 2006-2008.[2]

Van Hees has won two International Racquetball Federation (IRF)[3] World Championships in 1998 and 2006.[4] She beat Kersten Hallander (USA) in the 1998 final, and Angela Grisar (Chile) in the 2006 final.[5]

Van Hees also won the Girls 18 and under division at the IRF[3] World Junior Championships in 1995.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Van Hees had considerable success early in her career, but then retired in 2001.[7] But that turned out to be only a sabbatical, as she came back the fall of 2003, and had even greater success, reaching the final of the US Open in only her second tournament back.

In August 2009, Van Hees married Jack Huczek, an American, who is also a champion racquetball player having won three IRF World Championships. Originally from Kelowna, British Columbia, Van Hees currently resides in Dallas, Texas with Huczek and their two daughters, Evelyn and Faith.

Van Hees was inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame on November 19, 2015.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived September 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Racquetball Canada website". Racquetball.ca. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b IRF. "internationalracquetball.com". internationalracquetball.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  4. ^ IRF. "IRF website". Internationalracquetball.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  5. ^ [2] Archived September 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [3] Archived February 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Racquetball: July-August 2001 LPRA". Lindamojer.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  8. ^ http://globalnews.ca/news/2351006/central-okanagan-sports-hall-of-fame-names-6-new-inductees/
  9. ^ https://www.kelownamuseums.ca/wp-content/uploads/MediaRelease-SportsHallofFame-June2015.pdf
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cheryl Gudinas
Number 1 Women's Pro Racquetball Player
2004-2005
Succeeded by
Rhonda Rajsich