Three Australian’s have been appointed to key executive roles in regional and world squash.
Current Squash Australia board member, Dale Robbins, has been appointed vice-president of Oceania Squash Federation.
While Dave Whan has joined the board of Squash Australia, replacing Doug Minchin.
Whan has worked on the Squash South Australia Finance and Risk Advisory Committee, the Australian Racquetball Council Steering Committee, and the CEO Performance Review Group.
And in case you missed it, last month, five-time world squash champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald was elected as one of four new vice-presidents of the World Squash Federation.
Fitz-Gerald said on her appointment, “The Olympics is a major goal for our sport, but we need to have all aspects of the associations and regions working together better so the International Olympic Committee will want us in their program.”
Yet there are problems that the sport needs to gradually solve.
“We have to raise participation levels again, and that means getting kids on court. Talent will come through when you have the numbers, which has been especially noticeable in Australia.”
One of the biggest challenges is publicly rebuilding Australia’s passion for squash, yet the lack of facilities needs to be remedied.
“People keep saying ‘squash is dying.’ But the truth is, there is nowhere to play, or the venues need to be brought into the 21st century. We need to make them ‘inviting places’ to play again.
“Prime examples are the lack and removal of venues in Commonwealth countries, yet in USA, Egypt and Poland participation levels and modern venues are on the increase.
“So many or Australia’s former players are coaching in USA or Europe. It would be great to give them reasons to come home and set up programs for our kids.”