Michelle Martin awarded an OAM
10 Jun 2013 –
Australian squash great Michelle Martin added another title to her name when she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Michelle, who was recognised as a Legend in the Squash Australia Hall of Fame in 2011, was one of the country’s most prolific athletes on the international squash scene.
She won three consecutive world titles in 1993, 94, and 95, and clinched six straight British Open crowns – in 1993, 94, 95, 96, 97 and 98.
She also held the world No.1 ranking from 1993-95 and again in 1999.
This domination overflowed into her Australian representational duties, competing at six World Women’s Team’s Championships in 1987, 90, 92, 94, 96 and 98.
Michelle also competed for Australia at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games winning two gold medals in the women’s singles and the mixed doubles.
In addition to her outstanding international prowess she won seven Australian Open Championships – in 1991, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98 and 99.
Michelle continued her commitment to Australian squash in the coaching field after she retired from the world tour, taking on roles with the AIS and acting as manager and coach of Australian junior and senior women’s teams from 2003-2010.
She still plays competition squash and coaches juniors in Sydney.
Her other honours include:
Inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame, 2001
Inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame – Best Team, 1998 and 2009
Inducted into the Women’s Squash Association Hall of Fame, 2000
Inducted into the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame, 2001
Inducted into the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame in 2009
Inducted into the NSW Sports Hall of Champions, 1998