Year Inducted: 2000
If anyone deserves the title “Mr. Squash” in Cornwall, it would be John Flannigan.
The quiet, easy-speaking city employee has ruled the squash courts for the past dozen years, after making the transition from badminton 14 years ago.
John leap-frogged his way to the top of the rankings in lightning fashion and became practically unbeatable on the local scene.
Combining great skill and fitness, he has won more titles than any squash player in the local sports history. There isn’t a local title that he hasn’t won.
In 1989, at the Cornwall Lions Club Sports Award dinner, he was named the city’s Top Squash Performer, an honour he received again in 1992.
He has been tremendously successful away from the local courts as well.
In 1990, he catured the Ontario Provincial Men’s “C” Championship.
In 1999, he reached the semi-finals of the highly competitive Kitchener-Waterloo Racquette Club Men’s “A” open. The same year he was a finalist in the Montreal Mirabel Squash Club Men’s “B” Championship, and a finalist in the Queensview Squash Club Men’s “A” Championship.
In 2000, he won the Brockville Royal Brock Squash Club’s Men’s “A” Consolation title in the over 40 division.