Nick Matthew leads ESR in Glasgow glory trail
England Squash and Racketball are celebrating their most successful Commonwealth Games medal haul. In an email to members, acting chief executive Susan Meadows praises the coaching staff and team members.
What a fantastic 11 days of squash at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with a great profile for the sport throughout capped off by the England team winning the most squash medals ever at a single Games, leaving Scotstoun with nine!
The performance was highlighted by Nick Matthew retaining his Men’s Singles crown, after he defeated team-mate James Willstrop in an enthralling, five-game final. Peter Barker completed a second successive English clean sweep of the event’s medals by securing the bronze.
In the Women’s Singles, Laura Massaro won the silver medal as Nicol David repeated her success of four years ago in Delhi.
Nick and Laura both added a silver to their tally in the Men’s and Women’s Doubles, with Nick partnering Adrian Grant and Laura teaming up with Jenny Duncalf to seal their second consecutive second place in the women’s event.
The bronze medals also went to English partnerships, with James helping Daryl Selby to his first Commonwealth medal in the men’s, while Emma Beddoes and Alison Waters claimed their first Commonwealth medals in the Women’s Doubles.
There was further English joy in the Mixed Doubles, with Peter and Alison collecting their second medals of the Games by finishing runners-up.
Ms Meadows, England Squash & Racketball’s Interim Chief Executive, commented: “We are incredibly proud of our players and their outstanding achievements, producing our best ever Commonwealth Games result by winning nine medals.
“The whole team, including coaches and support staff, are to be congratulated on both their combined results and how they have represented the sport. I would also like to thank Sport England for their continued funding, which plays an instrumental role in supporting us and our players.”
Pictures courtesy of England Squash and Racketball