Becoming the Wolf: The Story of Nick Matthew debuts in Manchester
By DONNA HELMER
A film charting the success of three-time world squash champion Nick Matthew has premiered in Manchester.
England Squash, the national governing body, held an exclusive screening of its film Becoming the Wolf: The Story of Nick Matthew to a private audience at AJ Bell’s offices in Salford, ahead of this week’s World Team Championship in Marseille.
Commenting on the film, BBC Five Live’s James Gregg said: “An inspiring and insightful film illustrating how far one person will go to be the best. Nick’s determination and perseverance to succeed no matter what left me awestruck.”
The film, released ahead of the forthcoming AJ Bell PSA World Championships in December, chronicles Nick Matthew’s journey from grassroots to greatness, and is a powerful story of the determination, self-belief and skill needed to become a sporting legend.
Featuring talking heads, archive footage and vintage photos, Nick reflects on his remarkable 20-year career, including the triumphs and challenges along the way and the defining moments that led to him becoming the greatest English squash player of all time.
The 40-minute film, which was made by brand agency Dair, has received praise from across sport. GB Triathlete Harry Wilshire said: “An absolute masterclass on how to become the best in the world at what you do. What fascinated me was the adjustments he made to his game technically and mentally in order to become the world-class athlete he is today.”
Matthew, who will be retiring at the end of the season, will be gunning for his fourth and final world title at the AJ Bell PSA World Championships from 7-18 December in Manchester. Tickets are available to buy here
England Squash members can watch Becoming the Wolf on their website here
Pictures from Squash Mad archive