WSF Approved eyewear

It has come to Squash South Africa’s notice that the correct  WSF accredited protective eyewear is not being used.

For doubles and for players under 19 the correct eyewear MUST be used. All players under 19 – whether in or out of school – MUST wear protective eyewear at ALL tournaments/league matches.

Provinces/Tournament Organisers PLEASE enforce the use of the accredited eyewear .

Particularly concerning is the use of the eyewear bought at hardware stores –  a plastic shard in someone’s eye and perhaps the loss of that eye is worth a lot more than the price paid for the eyewear .

In the United States everyone including coaches are not allowed to step on the court if they do not have protective eyewear on.

Here is the list of approved eyewear: WSF Approved eyewear 2018.

Liz Addison

National Director

Rogue tournaments

Chairpersons – Provincial/Regional Associations

Dear All

Squash South Africa (“SSA”) is tasked with issuing the official Squash Calendar for 2019. The calendar shall co-ordinate and streamline all tournaments and championships for 2019 and allow for reliable rankings. The calendar is set to operate nationwide and will be binding on all subsidiaries of SSA. The calendar is not subject to the discretion of subsidiaries of SSA and serves as a compulsory schedule for all.

In order to be considered for the 2019 calendar or to add an event all Tournament Organisers need to submit their Accreditation Forms to SSA no later than Friday, 2 November 2018 at 18h00. The final calendar shall be distributed by SSA no later than Friday, 16 November 2018.

Late submissions will be considered by SSA and its Tournament Committee, only if accompanied by a letter of motivation. If accepted, such tournaments may be allocated at the discretion of SSA to whatever available spots the final calendar may still allow for belated additions. It is important to note that the final calendar is directed at avoiding clashes and that no subsequent changes to the officially allocated dates will be allowed if it creates clashes. Late submissions will have to accept whatever dates SSA may afford them, if at all.

All tournaments and their organisers who do not comply with, or who do not receive accreditation and/or allocated dates from SSA will be considered “rogue tournaments”. All players who participate in rogue tournaments will forthwith be banned with the result that such player shall not be allowed to participate in events that were properly accredited by SSA for a period of 12 months since the date of said rogue tournaments. Such players will also not be considered for national selection during the period of their ban.

If there are any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Liz Addison

National Director/Development Manager

On Squash SA letterhead: Rogue tournaments

Level one coaching course

WHEN: 27th – 28th October 2018

TIME: 08h30 – 16h30 (Sat) and 08h30 – 12h30 (Sun)

VENUE: St Stithians Squash Courts

Cost: R900

Coach: Mike Bester

Course participants need to come in their squash kit with racquets and pen and paper to make notes. You could also bring yourself snacks and drinks for during the course.

Please let me know by the 19th October if you will be attending.

To book: Jeannie Holden

Tel: 0860-104 445


2018 World Squash Day Heralded By Launch of Official Single

World Squash Day takes place on Saturday October 13th and this year it aims to hit all the right notes with a musical theme.

The track called Africa, written by squash-loving composer Stuart Sharp, is being released by the Pure Sync label as the Official Single of World Squash Day. It will also be available on iTunes.

The song was recorded live at a charity concert staged by Stuart in Zambia in January 1989.

Sung by the late Oliver Cheatham, the track still sounds as fresh and vibrant as it did on the day 80,000 people packed into Lusaka’s National Stadium to hear it for the first time.

Composer Sharp hopes it will be given plenty of air-time by TV and radio stations during the build-up to World Squash Day.

“That concert was the culmination of a major project to give people in the shanty towns the chance to play sport and I was busy handing out hundreds of squash rackets, balls and equipment,” said Sharp.

“Some 29 years on I am delighted to support World Squash Day, which has the same aims of making squash accessible to as many people as possible.

“Squash, well known for being one of the best sports for health and fitness, can also provide a great solution in the fight to combat childhood obesity in developed countries.”

Sharp’s love of squash grew when he was homeless in London in the 1980s. He wandered in to the Wembley Squash Centre and watched in awe as he saw Jahangir Khan training with his coach Rahmat Khan as the Pakistani wonder boy was launching an astonishing career that made him the most successful player in the history of the sport.

Sharp ended up travelling the world with the Khans and filmed some of the highlights of Jahangir’s career.

He has recently re-edited much of this vintage footage and a short film called “Jahangir Khan” is due to be launched next month at the Pakistan High Commission in London.

World Squash Day is endorsed by the World Squash Federation and the PSA (Professional Squash Association), which manages the World Tour for the game’s male and female professionals.

Founder Alan Thatcher added: “I always appreciate the support of the WSF and the PSA players as we strive to promote squash at every club on the planet on the same day.

“This year it is extra special to have our own theme song and the energy and passion in ‘Africa’ mirrors how so many squash enthusiasts feel about their sport.

“We are particularly hoping that African nations will respond to this wonderful track and help to promote the game across that whole continent and beyond.”

Oliver Cheatham (1948-2013) was an American R&B singer whose biggest hit came with the 1983 song ‘Get Down Saturday Night.’

Sharp added: “He loved being on stage in Zambia. His voice, his performance and personality are still overwhelming when I see the recording now. He was such a great singer and I am so pleased to see this adding a new dimension to the enormous work already done for the game by World Squash Day.”

Sharp, despite a lack of any formal musical training, went on to write a number of symphonies, which were recorded by The London Philharmonia Orchestra.

A movie of his extraordinary life story, based on his autobiography ‘The Gift’ (available on Amazon) is being produced by Gold Circle Films in Hollywood.


Stuart Sharp in Zambia, leading up to the charity concert in Lusaka:

Twitter: @WorldSquashDay


The Gift UK:
The Gift US:

For further information from World Squash Day founder Alan Thatcher:

Egypt Crowned Women’s World Team Champions In Dalian

RESULTS: CGG WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship, Dalian, China

[1] EGYPT bt [2] ENGLAND 2/0
Nouran Gohar bt Alison Waters 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7 (55m)
Raneem El Welily bt Laura Massaro 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 (36m)

Bronze medallists: [5] HONG KONG CHINA & [6] FRANCE Continue reading

Paarl Junior Squash Open 2018

4-7 OCTOBER 2018 (Thursday 18h00 till Sunday 15h30)

  • Primary School – U11 & U13 & High School – U14 & U16 & U19
  • FORMAT : All events will be played on the Swiss pairing format depend also on numbers otherwise Round Robin.
  • ENTRY FEE : R350.00 Doubles:   Maybe it depend on number of entries.
  • CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES :   26 September  2018

Entry form: 2018 Paarl Open Entry Form