In 2003 Forbes ranked squash as the number one healthiest sport to play. And no one knows that better than Masters - World, US and Canadian champion Dr. Sean McDonough. Squash is an exacting and demanding test of athleticism, skill, tactics and fitness. Sean has them all – in spades. He has played the court game for more than 40 years. Sean’s love for the game began as a university student at Western. His talent was obvious to iconic Mustang coach Jack Fairs. Sean, though faced a dilemma. Dental school was demanding – as was squash. Finding a balance was difficult until the Dean told Sean “if you quit the team I will flunk you.” Perhaps an empty threat – but - one that Sean took to heart as he excelled in both the classroom and on the court. He was instrumental in Western winning four Ontario University Athletic Association Championships (now OUA) and Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (now CIS) four times. In 1977 Sean established roots in Burlington setting up a dental practice. His trademark passion and relentless energy for squash continued. He took his game to a whole new level. In 1989 and 1991 Sean “dominated the T” winning the Canadian Men’s – Age 35 Plus Class Championship. He also won the singles title in 1992 in the Age 40 Plus. He then focused on doubles play – a game that requires more strategy and a high level of teamwork.
Dr. Sean’s double titles include:
Ontario Men’s Doubles Champion: Age 40 Plus Class: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001
Age 50 Plus Class: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Canadian Men’s Doubles Champion: Age 40 Plus Class: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999
Age 50 Plus Class: 2001, 2002
Age 55 Plus Class: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Age 60 Plus Class: 2014, 2015, 2016
United States Men’s Double Champion: Age 40 Plus Class: 1999
Age 55 Plus Class: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Age 60 Plus Class: 2015
World Men’s Double Champion: Age 40 Plus: 1994, 1998
Age 50 Plus: 2002
Sean is among the elite in the world. Very few people can claim being a World Champion. Burlington’s Dr. Sean McDonough was named a World Champion not once – but – three times. Sean’s mastery of the game of squash on the world stage brings honour not only to him but to our community as well. The Burlington Sports Hall of Fame proudly welcomes Dr. Sean McDonough to the Hall – Class of 2017.