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Canary Wharf injury crisis: What next?

Canary Wharf injury crisis: What next?

Photo (courtesy of www.canarywharfsquash.com) James Willstrop keels over with cramp A fascinating insight here  into how referees may “adjust” rules in the interests of sportsmanship. Rod Symington and Graham Walters deal with an issue that arose during last year’s ISS Canary Wharf Classic semi-final showdown between Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, when Willstrop dived full-length [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Refs and Rules 1

The Squash Official Newsletter

The Squash Official Newsletter

Thanks to Barry Faguy for emailing through the latest, mid-season edition of The Squash official Newsletter. I always enjoy the exchanges of views and advice for officials, and it really is essential reading for players, too. You can view it online at: http://www.squash.ca/e/officiating/tso/ [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News, Refs and Rules 0

WSF restructures World Championship bidding process

WSF restructures World Championship bidding process

WSF Restructures World Agreements The World Squash Federation has radically altered the process by which World Championships and Conferences are allocated. Until now, member nations wanting to host have simply applied for the opportunity. The result of this has been no certainty that all regions of the world will have a share, secure a range of [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, WSF 0

Harrow to sponsor Canadian teams

Harrow to sponsor Canadian teams

Squash Canada is pleased to announce a three-year partnership between Harrow Sports and Squash Canada to become the Official National Team Clothing Supplier. As part of this agreement Harrow Sports will also become the Official Ranking Sponsor for Squash Canada’s new national ranking which was unveiled in January 2011. Effective immediately, Squash Canada’s new national [...]

February 3, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Egyptians, far away from the revolution

Egyptians, far away from the revolution

Desire for democracy at core of revolt in Egypt From the Detroit News By HENRY PAYNE Bloomfield Hills They want what America offers. And now their countrymen want it, too. Five Egyptian pro squash players are in Metro Detroit playing in the Motor City Open, but their hearts are back home with their countrymen and [...]

February 3, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

New venue for US Open

New venue for US Open

Image shows the Daskalakis Center at Drexel University Philadelphia – U.S. SQUASH announced that Drexel University will host the 2011 U.S. Open Squash Championships, the most prestigious squash tournament in the country, from October 1-6 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The tournament will showcase the best men’s and women’s squash players in the country with $175,000 [...]

January 31, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Nicol David begins 2011 campaign in Cleveland

Nicol David begins 2011 campaign in Cleveland

Nicol David Begins 2011 Campaign In Cleveland Picture: Nicol David on top of the world Image courtesy of www.squashstars.com Malaysia’s Nicol David, who has topped the women’s world squash rankings unopposed since August 2006, begins her 2011 campaign at the new Cleveland WISPA Classic, the first WISPA Gold event of the year at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland in [...]

January 29, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Iceland marathon burns calories and raises funds for children

Iceland marathon burns calories and raises funds for children

Squash marathon in Iceland burns calories and raises funds for children From Arnthor Jon Thorvardsson in Reykjavik January 14.-15. the Icelandic squash federation held a squash marathon at Veggsport Squash Club in Reykjavik. The local squash players played squash for 24 hours straight to help raise fund for an organization that supports children with long-term [...]

January 28, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Photo Galleries 0

Matthew and Duncalf top seeds in British Nationals

Matthew and Duncalf top seeds in British Nationals

British National Championships Seeds Predict Yorkshire Double in Manchester Nick Matthew and Jenny Duncalf are expected to provide a Yorkshire double in next month’s British National Squash Championships in Manchester, according to the seedings for the premier domestic event announced today by England Squash & Racketball. The 2011 British National Squash Championships will take place at the National Squash Centre [...]

January 26, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Peter Nicol in New York

Peter Nicol in New York

From England Squash and Racketball website: At this year’s Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal New York Peter Nicol has switched his racket for his notepad and has been working with England Squash and Racketball and the English players. Ahead of the second half of the quarter-finals we asked him what the highlights have [...]

January 26, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, ESR, News 0

Atlas Khan fights training ban in Pakistan

Atlas Khan fights training ban in Pakistan

WORLD NEWS, KARACHI: Pakistan’s gold-medal winning squash player at the 16th Asian Games, Aamir Atlas Khan has said he will continue his fight for the development of the game in the country even after falling foul of squash authorities. Khan, who openly criticized the operations of the Pakistan Squash Federation, was severely reprimanded and barred [...]

January 26, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Stars head for Toronto

Stars head for Toronto

World’s best squash players in Toronto for 2011 Ludwig Financial Recruitment Cambridge Cup TORONTO: Four players ranked in the world’s top 10 are confirmed for the $45,000 Ludwig Financial Recruitment Cambridge Cup men’s  invitation tournament set for January 31 to February 2 in Toronto. Canadian number one Shahier Razik of Toronto, ranked 23rd internationally, will [...]

January 26, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Tune in to live broadcast from the ToC on ESPN

Tune in to live broadcast from the ToC on ESPN

The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions has achieved a major breakthrough for the game in the USA with live TV coverage of the final two days from the iconic Grand Central Terminal venue this week. The semi-finals and finals in New York will be broadcast live on espn3.com This is a phenomenal opportunity for squash to [...]

January 24, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Alan’s Blog

Alan’s Blog

Well, the British Junior Open has come and gone with Emily Whitlock breaking the Egyptian stranglehold on the tournament and winning the girls’ under-17 tournament for England. It was a fantastic performance in Sheffield and marks Emily as a player of formidable potential. Elsewhere, six titles were won by Egypt and one by Malaysia, providing [...]

January 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog 0

Top US award for Danielle Maur

Top US award for Danielle Maur

Picture shows Danielle and husband Andre Danielle Maur Wins W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award in Recognition of Contributions to Game of Squash CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Danielle Maur, national squash and racquetball director for Life Time Fitness (NYSE: LTM) has received the annual W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award for outstanding contributions to the game of squash. [...]

January 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News 0