The World Masters Squash Games, which start in Torino Italy on Saturday 3rd August, sees 130 players from 21 countries playing in the various age groups, which have been divided into two grades – the Competitive Grade and the Open Grade.
Rafi Moola (Kzn) is playing in the Competitive Grade Men’s 50 which sees the biggest line-up of 15 players.
The Open Grade sees 6 South African players, who are likely to return with medals and 3 players with strong South African connections.
Craig van der Wath, the present World Masters 45-49 Champion, who recently won the British title in the same age group, is the top seed in the Men’s 45 section. Trevor Wilkinson and John van Heeswijk head the seedings for the 50/55 age group with Chris Grainger the second seed in the 60/65 section. In the 70/75 section Des Sacco is ¾ seed.
Natalie Grainger (USA), Chris and Jean’s daughter, tops the seedings in the 35/40/45 women’s section . Jean, a former medal winner at the World Masters events is the silver medallist hope in the 60/65 group. Pauline Douglas (Scotland), who lives in Johannesburg is the second seed in the 50/54 section which also sees long time friend of the South Africans, Anne Richards, resident in Australia in the ¾ slot.