20th October 2012 marked an important event for the squash fraternity as squash players from all over the world united to create the biggest squash match in history, in support of squash’s Olympic campaign “Back The Bid 2020”.
World Squash Day (WSD) 2012 in Kuala Lumpur was celebrated in grand scale at the National Squash Complex in Bukit Jalil. Teaming up with Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) and Azlan Iskandar Squash Academy (AISA), a host of exciting activities were planned from 9am – 2pm.
The day kicked off with a “Squash 101” session by ex-PSA professional Azlan Iskandar. Azlan’s squash academy, AISA, conducted a clinic for 40 kids from an orphanage, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia. For many of the kids, this was the first time they had been on a squash court or picked up a squash racquet. Azlan was truly an inspiration, getting up-close and personal with the kids as he shared his experiences with them. The inflatable court outside the squash complex added to the carnival atmosphere.
The main event was a match between two teams; Team Squash vs Team 2020, consisting of 25 players a side. Each individual match between team members was one game, a race to 20 points with each match won contributing one point to the global tally.
The teams were drawn randomly with a mix of pairings for matches, including some men vs. women, and some junior vs. senior matches. Everyone present were in high spirits and played their best squash, trying hard to add on to their team’s score. At 12-12, Jadeleen Lee, Malaysian junior squashie, took Team 2020 over the finish line, by winning her match against Geraldine, giving them a 13-12 lead over Team Squash.
A World Squash Day Open tournament saw some highly entertaining matches as 16 men and 16 women battled to win racquets and squash gear that were up for grabs. Ex-professional player, Sharon Wee, stole the limelight of the men’s final between Ng Jo Wen and Nicholas Quek with her refereeing style and her humorous running commentary, which the crowd thoroughly enjoyed. Sharon showed that she still had a few good games in her when she beat Jadeleen in the WSD Open Women’s final.
Light refreshments filled up the tummies of the hungry and gelato dessert was provided by Lecka-Lecka for sweaty squash fans in need of a sugar boost. The event concluded with a lucky draw, with many attractive prizes sponsored by fellow squashie, Aaron Chee.
Thank you Malaysia, for your support towards squash’s Olympic campaign and for making World Squash Day a truly memorable one!
A World Squash Day message from Nicol David, founder of SquashStars.com, to everyone at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil.
News coverage by SwitchUp.tv on the World Squash Day event at Bukit Jalil.