Elaine  Hinnegan (1954 – )

Sport: Squash
Year of Induction: 2010


Elaine was born in Chatham in 1954 and attended CCI where she was an all-round athlete, starring in basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, and track and field. While in grade 13 she was the female winner of the prestigious “Hinnegan Trophy” which was named after her deceased brother, Richard “Dick” Hinnegan.

At Lakehead University, where Elaine completed a four year Honours Physical Education Degree, she was a starting guard on the basketball team for 3 years and played field hockey for 4 years. She was chosen as Female Freshman Athlete of the Year. In 1976, in her last year at Lakehead she dropped basketball to concentrate on her studies and took up squash at which she has excelled for over 30 years.

While working towards a teacher’s degree at the University of Western Ontario, Elaine was selected for Canada’s first national squash team which trained weekends in Toronto.

Elaine, as a result of her husband’s job, has lived in numerous countries around the world, playing squash competitively and, as a pro, teaching others to play the game she loves. She has represented both the Canadian and Philippine national teams in tournaments in nine different countries.

Career Highlights
  • 1978 – 1983 – Canada – was runner up in National championship 3 times (’82, ’83, & ’84) – was a member of the Canadian National Women’s Team – competed in 3 British Opens – competed in 3 World Championships (‘79, ‘81, & ‘83) – in 1979 was Women’s Champion in Edinburgh Open in Scotland – in 1983 in Perth, Australia, was team captain and #1 ranked Canadian Player – was Head Pro at 4 different squash clubs in the greater Toronto area and became qualified as a National Level 1 Coaching Course Instructor and a Provincial Professional/Clinician
  • 1983 – 1984 – United States – teaching pro in Los Angeles, California area
  • 1984 – 1986 – Manila, Philippines – was National Coach for Junior and Senior Men’s and Women’s Teams – was two time winner of Philippine Championship (’84 & ’85) and was #1 Player for National Women’s Team at East Asian Championships – in 1984 was runner up for individual title and in 1985 was Women’s Champion
  • 1987 – 1993 – Taiwan – was teaching pro at Taipei American Club – 1992 was Women’s Runner Up at the Japan Open
  • 1993 – 1997 – Singapore – was teaching pro at Singapore American Club – was member of Singapore Cricket Club’s Traveling Squash Team – 1993 was Women’s Champion at Bundaburg Open in Australia – competed in the 1995 World Masters Tournament in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1997 to present – United States – resides in Chatham, New Jersey – from 1997-1999 and 2002 was teaching pro giving private lessons and clinics – in 1998 competed in US National Women’s 40+ Tournament in Los Angeles – in 2002 played in Howe Cup in Philadelphia – in 2003 competed in US National Women’s 45+ Tournament in Hartford – in 2004 played in second Howe Cup in Boston – in 2006 was Women’s 50+ Age Group Champion at US National Tournament at Yale University

At the time of her induction, Elaine lived in Chatham, New Jersey where she sells real estate and plays squash recreationally, while still competing in local, state, and national squash tournaments.