At the recent World Squash Masters 2012 Tournament, held in Birmingham, Ireland was represented by 23 Squash athletes out of nearly 800 players in one of the World’s largest ever Squash events. Entrants came from over 43 countries to visit Birmingham University who hosted the event on their spectacular all-glass courts with Edgbaston Priory, Solihull Arden and West Warwickshire Sports Club all holding matches throughout the week long tournament.
Ireland were defending the Over 40s title and the Over 70s title and all eyes were on the coveted medals up for grabs. In what was a thrilling and exciting week of high-performance Squash by the Irish players – Ireland secured four medals in some of the most hotly contested battles seen in the tournament.
*Squash legend Willie Hosey won Gold to become the Mens Over 50 World Champion
*Barbara Sanderson won Gold and was crowned Womens Over 70s World Champion successfully defending her title. We look forward to her completing the hat-trick in Hong Kong in 2014!
*Laura Mylotte won Bronze in the Women’s Over 35 event.
*Derek Ryan won Bronze in Mens Over 40s event.
Squash has been voted “the World’s healthiest sport” by Forbes magazine in a technical survey that included measure of cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and calories burnt. Squash is a game for life and can be played from ages 5 – 80 yrs approx. Squash is ideal for those with a busy lifestyle as one can play a good game, have a fun workout, shower and change inside one hour. You only have to find one opponent and because it is indoors, it never gets rained off!
Irish Squash is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of squash in Ireland and is officially recognised as such by the Irish Sports Council. The Irish Squash Federation is an All Ireland Body encompassing the 32 counties with the four Regional Provinces being responsible for organising Leagues and Competitions. As a National Governing Body we proactively develop and promote squash. Irish Squash is a member of the World Federation of Squash (WSF) and the European Federation of Squash (ESF).