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Cassie’s Corner: 11 points with Aussie legend Vicki Cardwell

Cassie’s Corner: 11 points with Aussie legend Vicki Cardwell

Vicki Cardwell: A passion for squash runs through the veins of a great champion who returned to the world tour after two children   Since moving to Melbourne four years ago I have had the pleasure in spending time with Vicki Cardwell, both on and off the court. A former World No 1 she was [...]

November 25, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Interviews, News 0

Cassie’s Corner: 11 points with Fiona Geaves

Cassie’s Corner: 11 points with Fiona Geaves

My mate Fi has high hopes for England squash and her beloved Liverpool It has been a while since I have done an 11-points interview so it has been great to catch up with my old England team-mate and good friend Fiona Geaves. Fiona reached a world ranking high of five and remained in the [...]

September 20, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Interviews 0

Cassie’s Corner: Conquering the pain of injuries

Cassie’s Corner: Conquering the pain of injuries

I feel for Nick, James, Ramy and Joelle as they battle back to peak condition Injuries unfortunately are a part of playing sport. Whether you compete socially or professionally in the back of your mind you know there is a chance that an injury may occur. It can be a 10 year old rolling her [...]

September 2, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Cassie’s Corner: Commonwealth classic major boost for game

Cassie’s Corner:  Commonwealth classic major boost for game

Squash shone like gold on the big stage in Glasgow If there was ever any doubt that squash shouldn’t be part of the Olympics then it was spectacularly blown away at the Commonwealth Games. The game of squash shone on the big stage like never before. Eleven days of full houses, an unbelievable atmosphere and [...]

August 11, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Commonwealth Games 0

Cassie’s Corner: Manchester moments to treasure

Cassie’s Corner: Manchester moments to treasure

Royal visitors and battles for medals made the 2002 Games so special Cassie Thomas continues her Commonwealth Games Countdown with more memories of Manchester in 2002, as Team England fought hard to win as many medals as possible on home soil, and some of Cassie’s team-mates (who later became rivals) had old scores to settle [...]

July 15, 2014 Alan Thatcher Cassie's Column, Comment, Commonwealth Games, News 0

Cassie’s Commonwealth Countdown: United in Manchester with David Beckham

Cassie’s Commonwealth Countdown: United in Manchester with David Beckham

Team England move on from Malaysia to Manchester Cassie Thomas continues her Commonwealth Games countdown with a look back at the opening ceremony ahead of the 2002 event in Manchester, where the squash venue would soon be handed over to the sport as a national centre.  +++ So, four years has passed since the Commonwealth [...]

June 30, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Commonwealth Games 0

Cassie’s Commonwealth Countdown: Golden girls in Malaysia

Cassie’s Commonwealth Countdown: Golden girls in Malaysia

Massive semi-final win over Sarah Fitzgerald and Carol Owens set us up for golden finale Former world champion Cassie  continues her look back at her experiences in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So once the singles event was finished it was straight into the doubles. With this being the first time doubles [...]

June 18, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Commonwealth Games, News 0

Cassie’s Corner: Bring on the Games in Glasgow

Cassie’s Corner: Bring on the Games in Glasgow

Wonderful memories of the athletes’ village in KL as squash made its debut With the Commonwealth Games just under two months away the excitement is building for the players and the game. It is going to be fantastic watching squash on the big stage in a multi sports event. I was fortunate to compete in [...]

June 4, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Commonwealth Games 0

Cassie’s Corner: Great to see the British Open back on big stage

Cassie’s Corner:  Great to see the British Open back on big stage

Hull lot of wonderful memories of the world’s greatest tournament  Ever since I was a junior I have loved the British Open. It started when I went to watch it at the Wembley Conference Centre in the years of domination imposed by Jahangir Khan and Susan Devoy. It was a fantastic set-up at Wembley which [...]

May 17, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, News 0

Cassie’s Corner: Linda Elriani hits the Heights in Brooklyn

Cassie’s Corner: Linda Elriani hits the Heights in Brooklyn

Ex-England captain runs thriving junior program in the Big Apple When the time comes to hang up the racket from the professional tour it can be exciting and also daunting going into the next chapter of your life. Going from the familiarity of training and playing tournaments to something new can be a challenge. I [...]

May 5, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Cassie’s Corner: Four world champions roll back the years

Cassie’s Corner: Four world champions roll back the years

I was the Pom outsider on the night of Aussie legends! Squash has given me many things over the years. An opportunity to travel the world and experience different cultures. The feeling of achievement when I won and disappointment when I lost. But something that I have always felt is special about the game is [...]

April 26, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, News 0

Cassie’s Corner: Growing the game in Oz

Cassie’s Corner: Growing the game in Oz

Hats off to Todd Bowden for making Moorabbin such a busy squash base It is always frustrating when you read about squash clubs closing or seeing courts permanently used as aerobics studios for example. So it is nice for me to share a positive story from Australia. Since I moved here I have coached and [...]

April 9, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Cassie’s Corner: World Open wow factor gives hope for the women’s tour

Cassie’s Corner: World Open wow factor gives hope for the women’s tour

Record crowds as Penang showcases the sport in fine style Cassie Thomas was the last English winner of the Women’s World Open in 1999. Here she offers her congratulations to Laura Massaro and runner-up Nour El Sherbini, and predicts a bright future for the women’s game with new faces at the helm of the WSA [...]

March 24, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, News 0

Interview: 11 points with former world champion Carol Owens

Interview: 11 points with former world champion Carol Owens

Former world champion starred for rivals  Australia and New Zealand Following on from my last 11 points it is my pleasure to interview another southern hemisphere squash champion, two-times World Open winner Carol Owens. Carol won the World Open in 2000 and 2003. She has the unique achievement of representing both Australia and New Zealand [...]

March 11, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Interviews, News 0

Cassie’s Corner: The unsung heroes of junior squash

Cassie’s Corner: The unsung heroes of junior squash

Parent power keeps the game going Recently I attended a junior tournament in Melbourne. It was no different from any other junior tournament around the world. Children buzzing around and jumping on any available court. Parents chatting and enjoying watching their sons and daughters compete. Being there got me thinking. Firstly about my junior days [...]

March 4, 2014 Alan Thatcher Cassie's Column, Comment, News 6