Kurtis Cullen


Date of Birth

April 30, 1992


Brandon, Manitoba


Brandon, Manitoba

Home Club

Brandon Community Sportsplex, Brandon Manitoba


Evan Pritchard

Years on Team

Kurtis Cullen has demonstrated exceptional dedication to racquetball, both as a player and as a developer of the sport at the community and national levels. His first international appearance came in 2022 when he represented Canada at the World Championships, contributing to the team’s silver medal in the Men’s Team Event. Recently, he competed again for Canada at the 2024 Pan American Championships, helping secure a bronze medal in the Men’s Team Event. In February 2024, Cullen achieved his first podium finish on the International Racquetball Tour, earning silver in the doubles event with partner Rodrigo Montoya (MEX). At the 2023 National Championships, Cullen was a double medalist, capturing gold in Men’s Open Doubles and bronze in Men’s Open Singles. He continued his success at the 2024 Nationals, winning another bronze in Men’s Open Singles. Cullen also had a successful junior career, representing Canada at the 2011 Junior World Championships and winning bronze in Boy’s 18U Doubles with partner Sam Murray. Additionally, Cullen is an active official, representing Canada at several international events. Notably, he was selected as an official for the 2023 Pan American Games.


Start in Racquetball:  I started playing racquetball when I was 4 years old after my oldest sister got inolved through elementary school.

Reason for playing:  I love the intensity that racquetball brings. There is no better feeling than being on a court with a ball traveling upwards of 250km/h while still being in complete control.

Training habits:  I do a lot of my on court training by myself working on footwork, serves, and shooting set-ups. I aim to be on the court at least 4 times a week, accompanied with about 5 days of off-court training.

Best Racquetball moment: Representing Canada for the first time at the 2022 World Championships and winning my pool to make it to the top 16.

Non Racquetball talents: I think I have the knack for teaching and educating. I am a personal trainer, and so treating each person’s movement during exercise as a puzzle to improve, is something I feel I excel at. This also applies to racquetball coaching.

When you are not playing racquetball, you are probably? I am a big fan of reading. Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from someone who has experienced it. I also spend a large amount of timing dissecting the game of racquetball to help myself, and my juniors improve.

What is something people might not know about you or find surprising?  I am a licensed paramedic and firefighter, though I have not pursed the career.

What advice to you have for athletes who want to play at your level?  Practice, practice, practice! Watch videos of how the pros play and try to learn what they are doing in their game that is different than yours.

Who has been important in your development as an athlete?  I think my earliest influence was my junior coach Mike Volek followed by Jen Saunders, Mike Green and Evan Pritchard. I also have to thank my parents for their never ending support!