Local athlete to represent Ukraine in World Racquetball Championship

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  • Anthony DeFusto in action (Photo provided)



GOSHEN — Anthony DeFusto, a Goshen resident and social studies teacher in the Monroe Woodbury Middle School, will compete in the World Championships of Racquetball in Burlington, Canada, over Father’s Day weekend, representing the homeland of his mother, Raisa.

Anthony’s parents are American citizens and also both retired teachers. Raisa was born in Ukraine in 1939 escaped with her family during World War II. She and her family have been watching with great concern the daily news broadcasts regarding the Russian takeover of Crimea. To honor his heritage, Anthony contacted the International Racquetball Federation to seek permission to represent Ukraine. He was granted permission.

Anthony is no stranger to the competitive racquetball. He began playing at age 9, under Jim Winterton, former US National Coach and current coach of the number one player on the International Racquetball Tour. Anthony is a former Open Singles Champion of New Jersey and has also worked as the racquetball pro for the past 20 years at Orange Hollow in Goshen, where he resides with his wife Elizabeth Tarvin and their two daughters, Lydia and Katie.

The three most recent World Championships were in Dominican Republic (2012), South Korea (2010) and Ireland (2008). Some of the other countries competing are USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras.

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