Squash star en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to hit the court

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA

OPEN FOR ALL: Squash Aus­tralia is urg­ing clubs to open their doors for World Squash Day.

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