In 2017 Gus Yusem, another example of good sportsmanship, enthusiasm, fairness and courtesy on court, joined Dave Smigel as an honored past member of the League. A wily and resourceful player whose signature tactic was the lob, Gus also served as the scheduling genius behind the League for many a season. He is much missed and is celebrated here in this seasonal award.


David Smigel, a long-time member, really set the tone for the league. Dave was the ultimate good sportsman and loved the game of squash. He would encourage new players, put his heart into the game and always left everyone with a smile. He also loved the community of City League and was a regular at the pub where he could connect with his fellow 'squashers'.

Once a year, we honor a member who best exemplifies the spirit of City League and shares Dave's and Gus' good spirit for the game.

For the record, here are all those that have received the award over the years:

Smigel / Yusem Award Winners

Liam McGill

Paul Lutey (Winter 2018) Samantha Darling (Fall 2017)
Winston Sandino (Fall 2017) Josh Hilton (Fall 2016)
John Flynn (Fall 2015) Bob Tourtillot (Winter 2015)
James Lung (Fall 2014) Mario Schmit (Winter 2014)
Art Mills (Fall 2013) Tom Harvey (Winter 2013)
Tom Taylor (Winter 2012) Doug Ross (Winter 2011)
Becky Hillwig (Winter 2010) Scott Manzano (Fall 2010)
Steve Scannell (Fall 2009) Dan Carter (Fall 2008)
Habib Rahman (Winter 2009) Ann Newlands-Johnson (Fall 2006)
Mike Graham (Winter 2007) Joan Ahlberg
Alyson Brant Steve Cackley
Aaron Christenson Colin Freestone
George Gearn Anders Giltvedt
John Haywood Mike Houghton
Tom Previs Jon Richards
Steve Overstreet John Weeks
John Sheie David Wolf
Ellen Zaharchuk David Yudkin

Dave SmigelGus Yusem