Squash world champs to play in Revelstoke

Squash's former world number one ladies player Rachael Grinham and the former number two Jenny Duncalf will go head to head in a special Revelstoke match in June.

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Former ladies' world number two in squash Jenny Duncalf. Photo: Marianne Bevis (CC 2.0)

The Revelstoke Racquet Den Squash Club will host a world class squash exhibition match in June.

Former world number one ladies player Rachael Grinham and the former number two Jenny Duncalf will go head to head on June 9.

The racquet club set up the match after finding out that both players were playing exhibition events in Vancouver and Calgary in June, and would need a stopover between the major cities.

Club president Kevin Dorrius said it’s a special chance for Revelstoke to host this.

“Having players of this calibre coming to play in our club is truly remarkable and a great opportunity for us all to see the game played at a world class level,” he said.

Event details:

Where: Revelstoke Racquet Den, 207 Mackenzie Avenue

About: The event will start with an on court Junior Session with Grinham and Duncalf from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., followed by the match from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. There will be a Q&A session after the match.

Tickets: Adult $40, Junior $40 (Junior includes the 90 minute on-court session). Buy at the Visitor Information Centre located at 301 Victoria Road.

 

Player bios:

RACHAEL GRINHAM – (Currently Australian #1 and PSA World #20)

Former ladies world number one in squash Rachael Grinham. Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons
Former ladies world number one in squash Rachael Grinham. Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Former world champion Rachael Grinham is one of the most recognizable names on the PSA World Tour with a lengthy career that has seen her win some of the biggest prizes that the women’s game has to offer.

Hailing from Toowoomba in Australia, Grinham became the youngest ever world junior champion, aged 16, and the only player ever at the time to be able to defend the coveted title.

Winner of four British open titles (famously dubbed “The Wimbledon of Squash”), and having held the world number one ranking for 16 consecutive months between 2004–2005, she finally claimed the world championship title in 2007, beating her sister Natalie in an historic first ever squash final between two sisters.

A permanent fixture in the women’s world rankings, ranked in the world’s top 10 for over a decade, she also incredibly held a ranking amongst the world’s top five for over eight years.

At 39 years of age, Grinham’s experience, skill and athleticism continue to keep her contending with the world’s top players on the PSA World Tour.

  • Former World No.1
  • Former World Champion
  • Former World Junior Champion
  • 4 x British Open Champion
  • 3 x World Teams Champion
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
  • 31 PSA Tour Championship Titles

 

JENNY DUNCALF – (Currently World #16 and PSA Women’s President)

Former ladies world number two in squash Jenny Duncalf. Photo: Steve Cubbins (CC 2.0)
Former ladies world number two in squash Jenny Duncalf. Photo: Steve Cubbins (CC 2.0)

Duncalf has amassed a number of titles over her career, reaching a career-high world ranking of number two in a decade dominated by Nicol David.

Reared by her step-father and world renowned coach, David Pearson, the skilful Duncalf won a number of National and European Championships before breaking into the World Top 10 in 2005.

Ranked number two in the world in 2009 she looked set to be the one to knock Nicol David out of the top spot when she defeated David twice in a matter of months to win the US Open and the Qatar Classic.

Injuries have proven a struggle for Duncalf in recent years although she still firmly remains in the World Top 16.

Possessing a huge wealth of squash knowledge from very much a pedigree background, Duncalf has covered most continents taking on coaching roles in England, America, Canada, Australia and Korea.

  • World No.2
  • US Open Champion
  • Qatar Classic Champion
  • 3 x European Champion
  • 2 x British Champion
  • 3 x Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist
  • 100+ England Caps
  • World Teams Champion
  • European Teams Champion
  • 10 PSA Tour Championship Titles

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