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Squash

The stand-out story from the glass courts at the University of Birmingham was undoubtedly that of Gina Kennedy who, on her Games debut, became the first English woman to win the Women’s Singles title. 

She was joined on the podium by Birmingham-born Sarah-Jane Perry who, after losing to Kennedy in the semi-final, fought back to win her bronze medal match.

In the Mixed Doubles, Alison Waters and Adrian Waller came away with a hard-fought silver. Waters bagged another silver when she and Perry lost out to New Zealand in the gold medal match. 

The last action came in the Men’s Doubles which was an all-England affair. It was James Willstrop and Declan James who came out on top in a hard-fought home final. Sell-out squash crowds were entertained by tantalising match-play and phenomenal displays of talent, fitness, and racquet skills the sport so often brings.

Team England previous squash medals

11
Gold
17
Silver
16
Bronze
44
Total

James Willstrop at his 4th Commonwealth Games at the age of 34, with four match balls to win his first gold medal, against NZ. Going to video review, will he win? 

He has done it! Willstrop has won his first ever gold medal. 

You might need to know...

At the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast there were singles, doubles and mixed doubles events - Doubles squash is an event rarely seen on the world stage
Each player competes to make the ball bounce twice having hit the back wall of the court
Games are contested over a best of five sets with each set being won by the first player to score 11 points

Squash is a core Commonwealth sport that must be present at each edition of the Games. Competing since 1998, we have a total of 44 medals, falling just short of Australia who currently top the table. 

Team Leader

Louise Pickford

Louise Pickford

Lou is currently the Performance Operations Manager at England Squash.

Birmingham 2022 will be Lou’s third consecutive Commonwealth Games having been squash team leader in Glasgow 2014 and part of the preparation camp team in Brisbane for the 2018 Games.

Lou joined England Squash in 2003 and is responsible for all ops and logistics of the performance department including managing all Team England representation throughout the talent pathway. In her spare time, Lou enjoys life outdoors especially long walks with Freddie the dog.

Louise Pickford
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