Biography:

Coby-IwaasaCoby Iwaasa is Canada’s top-ranked male racquetball player. Still just 19, he has won four under-18 national titles (2012-15) and just recently won the Men’s Open Singles and Doubles events at the Canadian Championships, becoming the first male racquetball player in Canada to win both the Open and under-18 national titles in singles and doubles in the same year. Iwaasa has won eight medals in his five World Junior Championship appearances, highlighted by the under-16 world title in 2012. He has medalled in both singles and doubles events at four world junior events and won bronze in singles at the most recent championships. In 2014 Iwaasa won a World Racquetball Tour (WRT) pro tour event by upsetting highly-ranked Alejandro Cardona of Mexico. In May 2015, Iwaasa had his highest finish at a Tier 1 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event, advancing to the quarterfinal after defeating José Rojas, the fifth-ranked IRT player in the round of 16. Iwaasa has also forced the fourth-ranked IRT player Daniel De La Rosa of Mexico to tie-breaker games in matches twice this season on the IRT pro tour. Iwaasa made his international debut as a senior national team member at the 2014 Pan Am Championships. He was first named to the national team in 2012.

PERSONAL

Family: Father Milton and mother Kathy… Older brother Brandon and older sister Tessa… Getting into the Sport: Started playing racquetball at age 10 when his parents introduced him to the sport… Outside Interests: Enjoys ballroom dancing and boating… Studying general sciences at the University of Lethbridge… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus”… Role model is Bruce Lee… Says a prayer before competing…