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Simon Boughton’s love affair with Edinburgh Sports Club

Simon Boughton’s love affair with Edinburgh Sports Club

‘I first became a coach in Italy by accident’ says Edinburgh stalwart Simon Boughton By ANDY WESTON – Squash Mad Correspondent When Simon Boughton went on an impromptu trip to Milan in the ’90s, little did he know that it would sow the seeds for a squash coaching career which currently spans 28 years. Based [...]

June 29, 2020 Guest Contributor Interviews, News 0

Front line worker Hannah sings her heart out to give UK a lift during epidemic

Front line worker Hannah sings her heart out to give UK a lift during epidemic

‘I’m looking forward to seeing my family again … and getting back on court’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash-loving student nurse Hannah Gingell sang her heart out on BBC2’s new Gareth Malone series The Choir: Singing For Britain. Hannah, 20, works at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and in this week’s [...]

June 25, 2020 Alan Thatcher Interviews, News 0

Sue Strachan, working on the front line in Scotland, misses her stress-busting games of squash

Sue Strachan, working on the front line in Scotland, misses her stress-busting games of squash

‘Nothing beats a hard game of squash, then a shower and a drink’ says Masters champion Sue By ANDY WESTON – Squash Mad Correspondent If anyone from the squash community can help put the last three months into perspective, it’s Sue Strachan. Normally working as a kidney doctor at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, she’s had [...]

June 23, 2020 Guest Contributor Interviews, News 0

Meet Daniel Tiwana, a squash legend at the age of 10

Meet Daniel Tiwana, a squash legend at the age of 10

Daniel picks Ali Farag and Anthony Joshua as his top role models By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash has a new superstar … and he’s just 10 years old. Daniel Tiwana has amazed viewers with his own lockdown training video on YouTube. More than that, he has captivated the squash community with his [...]

June 18, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 5

The Big Interview: Chat show hosts Bobby and The Wolf talk squash, lockdown lagers and internet issues

The Big Interview: Chat show hosts Bobby and The Wolf talk squash, lockdown lagers and internet issues

Nick and Daryl discuss lockdown issues and how squash can grow when courts are open again By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Nick Matthew and Daryl Selby have enjoyed a few words on court down the years, both in jest and during the heat of battle. Now they are entertaining the squash community with [...]

June 17, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Greg Lobban Part 2: It could be months before we’re back on court

Greg Lobban Part 2: It could be months before we’re back on court

‘Having Nick Matthew in my corner is a real boost – he and Neil Guirey have stripped my game apart and rebuilt it’ By GEOFF BEW – Squash Mad Correspondent It could be up to six months before the PSA World Tour gets back under way, warns Scottish number one Greg Lobban. The professional game’s [...]

June 8, 2020 Geoff Bew Interviews, News 0

Greg Lobban is ready to push through to the top level says coach Nick Matthew

Greg Lobban is ready to push through to the top level says coach Nick Matthew

‘Greg’s professionalism will have stood him in good stead during the lockdown’ By GEOFF BEW – Squash Mad Correspondent The coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time for flying Scotsman Greg Lobban. In the last tournament before the tour was suspended, the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic, he claimed notable victories [...]

June 7, 2020 Geoff Bew Interviews, News 0

Tarek Momen: World champion talks about lockdown life in Egypt

Tarek Momen: World champion talks about lockdown life in Egypt

‘It’s difficult to stay motivated’ says world champion Tarek Momen By GEOFF BEW – Squash Mad Correspondent The start of next season’s PSA World Tour is certain to be delayed by the global impact of COVID-19, says reigning World Champion Tarek Momen. Squash has already been ranked among the most high-risk sports for the spread [...]

June 6, 2020 Geoff Bew Interviews, News 0

Lockdown can’t halt Lachlan Johnston and his top team Down Under

Lockdown can’t halt Lachlan Johnston and his top team Down Under

Connection the key as players are kept motivated By CHRIS YEEND – Squash Mad Correspondent Squash in Australia came to a screeching halt in March this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but it did little to slow down the momentum that the Squash Australia High Performance Program had started to build in the 10-months [...]

May 29, 2020 Guest Contributor Interviews, News 0

Low Wee Wern reminisces on Singapore’s Kallang Squash Centre

Low Wee Wern reminisces on Singapore’s Kallang Squash Centre

Malaysian star Low Wee Wern shares her memories of soon-to-be-demolished Kallang and what would be an ideal replacement By ALEX WAN – Squash Mad Asian Bureau Editor Singapore’s Kallang Squash Centre may be aged, but it is an iconic and memorable squash venue for many. Back in 1989, the World Men’s Team Championship was held [...]

May 20, 2020 Alex Wan Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

11 Points With Tim Garner: Coping with a world turned upside down but planning for when it reopens

11 Points With Tim Garner: Coping with a world turned upside down but planning for when it reopens

PSA and WSF team up to plan relaunch campaign Interview by ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Tim Garner is one of the busiest and most committed men in squash. Last year, his idea of winding down after a brutally hectic spell, knitting together the World Championships in Chicago then managing the Canary Wharf Classic [...]

May 11, 2020 Alan Thatcher Interviews, News 0

Maria Toorpakai: ‘Being confined to home is nothing new. I was locked away for three years when I had death threats from the Taliban’

Maria Toorpakai: ‘Being confined to home is nothing new. I was locked away for three years when I had death threats from the Taliban’

MTF volunteers hand out aid parcels in homeland where she received death threats By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Life, in many ways, has turned full circle for Maria Toorpakai, the Pakistani squash player who suffered death threats from the Taliban as a teenager. As a child, she grew up in the tribal South [...]

March 31, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 2

Saurav Ghosal: India is on a war footing but we must all contribute to keep squash clubs alive

Saurav Ghosal: India is on a war footing but we must all contribute to keep squash clubs alive

‘People will be more keen to play than ever once normal life returns’  By GEOFF BEW – Squash Mad Correspondent The PSA World Tour is unlikely to resume this season due to the coronavirus, says one of the world’s top players. Saurav Ghosal believes it would be optimistic to think tournaments could be up and [...]

March 26, 2020 Geoff Bew Interviews, News 0

Amanda Sobhy coping with Coronavirus lockdown with a smile, a song and some fun workouts

Amanda Sobhy coping with Coronavirus lockdown with a smile, a song and some fun workouts

‘After my injury I’m a master at being OK with not being able to play squash’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Amanda Sobhy, the US No.1 and world No.8, is keeping busy staying fit and living life to the max during the global lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Her sunny personality, and [...]

March 25, 2020 Alan Thatcher Fun Stuff, Interviews, News 0

Mathieu Castagnet reveals shock reason for health and fitness failure

Mathieu Castagnet reveals shock reason for health and fitness failure

Fatigue and injuries traced to dental braces By GEOFF BEW – Squash Mad Health and Nutrition Correspondent After suffering 15 calf injuries over a two-year period, many people had written off Mathieu Castagnet and were urging him to quit the sport. But the Frenchman, who was six in the world in 2016, thrives on proving [...]

March 9, 2020 Geoff Bew Interviews, News 0