Friday, May 24, 2024

Singapore Squash signs Jamie Hickox as national coach

Singapore Squash has appointed Jamie Hickox, the former World No.15, as its new National Head Coach. 

Hickox’s biggest coaching successes came in his time in Malaysia in 2006-2010, where he served as the National Head Coach, overseeing the development and success of a diverse roster of athletes. Amongst the athletes under his care were Nicol David, Ong Beng Hee and Azlan Iskandar.

He orchestrated six Major Games gold medals – five in Asian Games 2006 and 2010, and one at the Commonwealth Games 2010. This is in addition to the eight gold medals at two Asian Championships won in 2006 and 2008.

His success in Malaysia earned him Coach of the Year award by the Asian Squash Federation in 2008. From 2011 to 2017, Hickox served as the Performance Director at Squash Canada.

Nicol David and fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold

He said: “It is a wonderful honour to be invited to Singapore to help bring their National Squash Program to new heights. With huge enthusiasm, energy and passion for coaching, I look forward to embracing the Singapore Spirit through squash and I look forward to working with the athletes, the coaches and the major stake holders.

“With Olympic 2028 inclusion and Singapore hosting the 2029 SEA Games, we can offer the perfect incentive for any dedicated athlete to perform at the highest level for their country and for the SEA Games they will perform in front of their home crowd. With a four and five-year time frame and great infrastructure in place, the sky is the limit for those athletes willing to commit. I am excited to meet everyone, and I am especially eager to immerse myself into the task at hand.” 

Alex Wan, General Manager at SSRA, said: “With Jamie’s leadership and track record, we are confident that Singapore Squash will continue to thrive and produce some quality squash athletes in the coming years. With the SEA Games 2029 being hosted in Singapore, this provides Jamie and us a good runway to prepare our current young athletes to peak then.”

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