Five-time World Open Squash Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Australian based Sarah Fitz-Gerald is flying the flag for the newly introduced Golden Oldies World Squash Festival, one of four new sports on the programme at the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018.
Sarah, who joins an impressive line up of Golden Oldies ambassadors including Sir Graham Henry, Sir Bob Charles, Barry Richards, Mike Procter and Cheryl Kemp, says it is exciting to see squash on the Golden Oldies programme for the first time. “Events such as masters and Golden Oldies are great for squash as they are a fantastic way to keep people in the sport, whatever their age. These events are also a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and other mad keen squashies like me, and also take advantage of the opportunity to visit a new destination and take a holiday and explore.
Event organiser, Peter McDermot, says it is a privilege to have sports people of Sarah’s caliber support the Golden Oldies movement. “Like all our ambassadors Sarah is an extremely busy person and we are grateful for the support, time and energy they all put into helping us spread the Golden Oldies word out into their networks. As a very active member of the international sports community, Sarah provides us with a unique opportunity to connect with squash players all over the world.”
Sarah is a regular on the masters tournament circuit, is a coach and mentor to a number of rising squash stars, is currently Vice-President of the World Squash Federation and, with her husband, is in the business of building and upgrading squash courts in Australia and New Zealand.
As a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Sarah will be attending next year’s Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, before heading to join squashies from New Zealand and abroad at the Golden Oldies World Squash Festival from 15 to 22 April.