Shane Vanderson Signs with Head Penn
Shane Vanderson signed a new two-year deal with Head/Penn racquetball,starting with the 2011-2012 IRT Season, with the company that has supported him since he was fifteen-years old before he joined the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) full time. Now an IRT veteran, Vanderson started his professional career at the age of fifteen. Now a tour veteran, the thirty-year old’s accomplishments include Intercollegiate Champion, Rookie of the Year, World Doubles Champion, and 8-time USA Racquetball National Team Member.
Vanderson had hinted last season that it might be his last. Now, with a contract in hand, he’ll be back on the courts, looking forward the professional competition, the increased number of tournaments, and “proving some people wrong” after his off season last year. “I’ve always gone forward [in the rankings] except last year. It was a tough one, with personal stuff going on plus having my racquetball career in the air…not sure if I was going to play or not. It weighed heavy.”
What’s weighing heavy on his mind now, perhaps, is prepping his game, running, cross training, and hitting at several Florida clubs where he lives, including LA Fitness and Harbour Island Athletic Club, one of the host clubs for the IRT’s 2011 Spring Break Pro/Am (scheduled for this season in March 2012). He’ll have plenty of opportunity to compete before then, with a series of Satellite events (2011-2012 schedule) starting in August, with three scheduled Aug 12-14, including one at Port St. Lucie, FL Civic Center.
“Head/Penn has been super supportive through my whole career. The first couple of contracts allowed me to play and get on the tour, prove myself, and continue to improve.” When asked for a comment, Doug Ganim with Head/Penn Racquetball also mentioned Shane’s long-term contribution to the game and company. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship. He has been a key member of our staff since his junior days and we fully expect his entire career will be with Head.”
This season will be his opportunity to show that he’s ready to climb back up the rankings and achieve the best year-end performance of his career. You can follow him on his Facebook Fan page at http://www.facebook.com/shanevanderson.