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Squash

Squash is a cornerstone of the Commonwealth Games programme where players use speed and agility, hitting a small rubber ball at speeds of up to 280km/h.

At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Team England had both of the former world number one players in Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro. 

Team England placed third on the medal table with one gold, two silver and one bronze medal, including James Willstrop taking home the men's singles title. 

He represented Team England for the fourth and last time at Gold Coast 2018 after competing at Melbourne 2006, winning two gold medals at Delhi 2010 and a gold and silver at Glasgow 2014. 

Hear the repeated thwack of the ball as it ricochets off the walls in this demanding, high-intensity sport, where tactical shots can make or break a match, as opponents battle out to outmanoeuvre one another, in a tight space, you will see how this rapid racket sport is one of the most frenetic in all of the games.

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
The competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games saw Team England athletes compete in a straight knockout format

Squash is a core Commonwealth sport that must be present at each edition of the Games. Competing since 1998, we have a total of 38 medals, falling just short of Australia who currently top the table. 

Team England has seen some of the most successful players as part of the squash, from Nick Matthew to Laura Massaro. Squash will be held at the University of Birmingham in 2022. 

Team England previous squash medals

9
Gold
14
Silver
15
Bronze
38
Total

At Birmingham 2022, the sport is going to be held at the University of Birmingham, right in the centre of the city, on home soil for Team England athletes.

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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