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Olympics: Squash legend Angela Smith carries the torch

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad and the new Squash 200 Partnership, building clubs of the future. Founder of the Kent Open and co-promoter of the St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic. Author and Public Speaker.

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FORMER world squash champion Angela Smith was so proud to carry the Olympic Torch through her home city of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

The 58-year-old, who lives in Bucknall, carried the Olympic Flame for 300 metres between College Road and Wellesley Street in Shelton.

Angela said: “When I first found out that I had been chosen I was asked to keep it a secret. I didn’t even tell my family.

“But all this week I had been getting very excited. It was a tremendous honour for me to carry the torch through Stoke-on-Trent.”

Angela’s squash career took her from Bucknall to the Bahamas.

She was the first professional female squash player, won more than 100 international caps and claimed titles across the world. Last year she became the first woman to be inducted into the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sporting Hall of Fame.

Angela said: “Throughout my squash career, the public has supported me whether I won or not so I used this opportunity to wave to the crowd and to thank the people for that.

“I had thought I would not be that overwhelmed when the time came because I just kept thinking about how fast it was going to go, but I was wrong.

“It was an incredible experience and not only because it put Stoke-on-Trent on the map but also because it showed Britain what an amazing city this is.”

 

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Alan,

    The beady eye behind Angela Smith won the World Open in Toronto and was popularly rumoured to have then climbed a 100ft tree beside the Hotel and started singing.

    She certainly won the East of England when we ran it at the Hunter Club many years ago and drank all the locals under the table in the party.

    My answer to your question : The Amazing Vicky Cardwell.

    best

    Richard

    • Hi Richard
      Absolutely spot-on. I witnessed several massive matches featuring Angela, Vicky and Sue Cogswell at the Chichester Open and the British Open. I remember one year at Chichester, Angela and Vicky burst the ball in the knock-up! Feisty, aggressive, hard-hitting squash. What an amazing era that was for the ladies.
      Alan

  2. I remember those heady days of ladies squash. Fantastic battles between Hoffmann and Smith in particular, no quarter asked or given. I often wonder why the great players of that era don’t seem to be involved in the British game at the top level. Indeed without Smith, Ashton, Wall and King I doubt if the women’s game would have become a professional game. Didn’t they form the first WISPA?

    Happy memories. Is that picture EdgbastonPriory?

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