WSA Marks 30th Anniversary
26 February 2014
Women's Squash Association (WSA) is marking the 30th
anniversary of its formation this week with celebrations at the
British Open in May and the US Open later in the
Founded in February 1984 at the Belfast
Boat Club in Ireland, the originally-named Women's Squash
Players' Association (WSPA) boasted 23 members and elected
New Zealander Robyn Blackwood as its Chairwoman and
Australia's Rae Anderson as Secretary/Treasurer.
The first WSPA World Ranking list was
topped by New Zealand's Susan Devoy - who went on to
achieve an unprecedented 105 months as the women's world number
The Association later changed its name to
the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA),
before being re-launched as the Women's Squash Association (WSA)
Over the past 30 years, the Association
has attracted some 5,000 players from all corners of the globe
who have competed in more than 1,200 events on the international
12 players - from six countries (New
Zealand, Australia, England, USA, Netherlands and Malaysia) -
have topped the world rankings over the three decades, with
reigning world number one Nicol David having held the
title unopposed since August 2006!
The 29th WSA World Championship
will be held in David's home city of Penang next month, when the
30-year-old Malaysian is set to extend her remarkable record to
Founder Chairwoman Robyn Blackwood
was delighted to hear of the Association's latest milestone:
"Thirty years ago there was a groundswell of support from
players for a professional association and importantly, a world
ranking system for women squash players that was current," said
the former world No3.
"It was a buoyant and exciting time in
squash with significant numbers of professional players and
circuits around the world to compete on. The establishment of
WSPA was the next logical step. We established the world
rankings, and the associated systems, very shortly after our
inaugural meeting at the Belfast Boat Club.
"It is great to hear that WSA is
celebrating its 30th anniversary. Congratulations to all those
who have been a part of its success."
Current WSA President Kasey Brown
added: "All professional women squash players should be proud of
the growth that the Association has achieved over the past three
decades and we are indebted to players like Robyn and Rae for
their foresight back in the 1980s.
"WSA boasts some of the fittest athletes
on the planet, competing day in day out on a flourishing WSA
World Tour which is active on all continents - from traditional
squash nations like England, Australia and the USA, to newer
territories like Mexico, China and Malaysia," added the world
No13 from Australia.
"I am delighted to be part of a new WSA
board which is determined to grow the Tour over the coming
years, led by the WSA vision to Inspire; Empower;
and Entertain: Inspire future female generations to
embrace squash as a professional sport; Empower girls and women
on and off the court; and Entertain the world."
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