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Willstrop is new PSA president

MISTER PRESIDENT: James Willstrop in action at Canary Wharf. Picture by JORDAN MANSFIELD

James Willstrop Elected PSA President

England’s world No4 James Willstrop has been elected President of the Professional Squash Association.

The election took place following Egyptian Amr Shabana‘s decision to stand down.

“I am very happy with the process,” said PSA Chairman Ziad Al-Turki. “The players were all eager to be heard at the AGM, and this is their vote.

“The PSA Board have made significant strides in the right direction over the last couple of years, but James has been very vocal of further changes needed – and has added insight from a player’s perspective in all meetings we have.

“He will definitely add a lot of value on the board, and his enthusiasm to make changes shows.”

Willstrop looks forward to taking on the role: “I am honoured to be acting as President of the PSA, and to have the support of the players.

“In the past, I had never envisaged myself filling the position of the president of any board, in all honesty,” added the 28-year-old from Leeds. “Looking after myself proves difficult enough, but it became more apparent recently that I could have a go at the job. I have often liked to have a say and now an opportunity has arisen to make something of that.

“There’s no question I will take on the responsibility with great enthusiasm.

“I am excited to be in a position to help the association and its players,” concluded the new PSA President.

Willstrop is a wise choice. An intelligent commentator on the game, he writes a weekly column for the Yorkshire Post newspaper and can always be relied upon to provide stimulating and insightful responses when interviewed.


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