The great Heather McKay, AM MBE, one of the greatest athletes in sporting history, turns 70 this Sunday.
Heather McKay was the undisputed queen of the squash court for an incredible period in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Heather won 16 consecutive British Opens from 1962 to 1977 when it was the unofficial world championships, and 14 straight Australian Amateur Championships from 1960 to 1973.
She lost only two matches in her entire career – in 1960 and 1962 – and was unbeaten in competitive squash matches from 1962 to 1981 when she retired from active open squash.
In 1976 Heather won the first, but unofficial, World Women’s Open and went on to win the first official World Open in 1979.
After “retiring” from the sport, Heather went on to win four World Masters titles — in 1987 (45), 1990 (45), 1993 (50) and 1995 (50).
Heather has been inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame as a “Legend”, a status she also holds in the Squash Australia Hall of Fame.
She is also a member of the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame.