By the age of 19, Coby Iwaasa had won four under-18 national titles (2012-15) and the Men’s Open Singles and Doubles events at the 2015 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. 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 helped Canada to a bronze medal in the team event at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, before taking a two-year hiatus from the sport. Upon his return in 2018, Iwaasa won his third National Doubles championship and represented Canada at his first senior World Championships.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT COBY
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 to become a chiropractor 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…
Notable International Results
Pan American Games: 2015 – BRONZE (team), Quarterfinals (singles)
IRF World Championships: 2018 – Round of 16 (singles)
Pan American Championships: 2019 – SILVER (doubles), Round of 16 (singles); 2014 – Round of 16 (singles)