Squash star encourages everyone to hit the court
SQUASH: The world’s leading squash players are encouraging every club on the planet to open their doors to support World Squash Day today.
World doubles champion and former Yamba squash star Cameron Pilley is urging clubs to organise events to attract new players to the sport.
World Squash Day founder Alan Thatcher, a tournament organiser and author from England, is keen to promote the health benefits of playing squash.
“Squash is rated one of the healthiest sports for players of all ages,” he said.
“At a time when many governments are spending a fortune on treating the effects of childhood obesity and a lack of physical activity among middle-aged people, squash can provide the ideal solution.
“Squash burns around 900 calories per hour and the health benefits can last a lifetime for those who continue playing into their 40s, 50s and 60s.
“We have a thriving Masters scene in squash and former world champions like Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald continue to blaze a trail through the age-group competitions.”
Pilley, who recently won the World Doubles Championship alongside Australian number one Ryan Cuskelly, said he was happy to get behind the international squash initiative.
“World Squash Day seems to be getting bigger and better every year and it’s so positive to see clubs all around the world get behind it,” Pilley said.
“I am looking forward to seeing the different and fun ideas clubs come up with this year to promote our great game.”
World Squash Day provides an opportunity to share the fun, open the doors to a wider audience and attract new participants to the sport.
Squash Australia is encouraging all clubs to get involved in promoting squash to the wider community.
OPEN FOR ALL: Squash Australia is urging clubs to open their doors for World Squash Day.