Nicci Rossouw President

Nicci was born in South Africa and began playing squash when she was 14, eventually representing Rand Afrikaans University, based in Johannesburg. 

Having moved to Australia in 1998, Nicci played for various squash clubs in different states as the family relocated from West Australia to Sydney, then Melbourne in 2003.

Nicci played 3 years of State Grade Squash for the Upwey Club before having an arthroscopy on her knee and retiring from competitive squash. 

Nicci took up racquetball in 2010 to improve her fitness and has loved the game ever since, now playing for the Mountain District Squash and Racquetball Club in Wantirna.  Nicci  has  served on the Eastern Suburbs Racquetball Association ( ESRA) Committee for the past few years, being the  Secretary for two years and now the  Junior Development Director.

Nicci is also a member of the Victoria Racquetball Advisory Committee (VRAC), plus a member of the Victorian Open and ESRA Championships Grand Prix Tournament Committees.

Nicci has served on the S&RV Board for the last 3 years, one as Vice President and now as the current President.

 

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Gavin Murphy Director

Although Gavin has been involved in squash and racquetball both on and off the court for the past 39 years, his passion for both sports has never waned.

Gavin’s history in both sports includes but is not limited to:

  • Commenced playing squash in 1975 and racquetball in 1983; still playing competitively in both
  • Current Finance Committee member and Vice President of Squash & Racquetball Victoria
  • Manager Lower Plenty Squash Centre 1985-88
  • Past member of the VSF and Squash & Racquetball Victoria Disciplinary Panels since 1984
  • An accredited Level 1 squash coach, currently a coach of the MDSRC Junior Squash and Senior Racquetball Programs
  • Inaugural President of the former Victorian Racquetball Association (VRA)
  • Member of the VRA Rules Committee since 1984 and its Chairman since 1987
  • Involved in the management of numerous racquetball events, including the Australian, Victorian and Mt District Open Championships

 

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Catherine Swift Vice President

Catherine began playing squash at the Riversdale Club in 1979 and then for Wattle Park, as it became after amalgamation with the Burwood Club. As a Level 2 coach, Catherine has done extensive individual coaching of juniors and seniors, taken school groups, and run group training for all ages.

Catherine owned and managed Ranges Fitness from 2007—2012 and was a Club Match & Pennant Administrator for over 20 years.

Catherine believes the current Board of Directors of S&RV has worked hard to engage with its members and to improve communication with all squash and racquetball groups, both regionally and in metropolitan areas.

Catherine believes S&RV is committed to increasing participation levels in both sports and to providing pathways for the development of players, coaches, referees etc. and explores every potential strategy to achieve this.

 

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Lee-Anne Carpenter Director

Lee-Anne has played squash competitively for over 40 years and currently plays Masters and Midweek.

Lee-Anne has been a referee for many years and when the Referees Association moved under the umbrella of S&RV, she became the Board liaison to the Referee Committee. 

She has coached for a number of years and is currently thoroughly enjoying coaching as part of S&RV’s "Hits & Giggles” women’s learn to play program.

 

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Lao Biesbroek Director

Lao is currently the Managing Director of HR DNA, a Human Resources  Consultancy.

Lao’s past  roles have included Human Resources Director for an international Not- For-Profit, State Training Manager for Coles Myer in Victoria, and State HR Manager and Senior Store Manager for Target Australia.

He has had a long involvement with squash as (an ok but not great) pennant player in VSL, SSL and Masters, and have quite recently started playing (and enjoying) racquetball.

Lao’s contributions to the wider squash and racquetball community include:

  • Current President of the Mountain District Squash & Racquetball Club
  • Past President of the Maroondah Squash and Racquetball Club
  • Past President of the Victorian Squash League
  • Club Level Coach

 

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Peter Wright Director

Peter has been a squash player and administrator for 55 years.

Peter has been active in Squash Administration since 1961 and is still involved as currently holds these positions listed;

  • President of the Australian Masters Squash association,
  • President of VSRA Club Circuit Squash
  • Chairman of MCC Squash Section
  • And most recently, elected to the S&RV Board

Peter’s administration commenced at Sunshine squash club in 1962. Where he held positions as Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and President for over 15 years

Peter is highly regarded throughout world squash as an outstanding sporting administrator, and was the Championship Director for both the World Championships held in Melbourne in 1995 & 2001. A Committee Member for Squash in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the World Technical Director for Squash in the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney.

Peter Wright  Awards

  • Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for services to the sport of squash through a range of executive roles
  • Distinguished lifetime Service Award to squash 2015 by Squash Australia
  • Admitted to the Hall of Fame in 2015 for Squash Victoria
  • Hans Ebeling award at the Melbourne Cricket Club for outstanding service for over 25 years in 2010
  • Life Member of the MCC Squash Section 2008
  • Life Member of the Australian Masters Squash Association 2002Winner of Australian Sports Medal for Sports Adminstation and Achievements in year 2000
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