Our Board

Sarah Fitz-Gerald President

Sara Fitz-Gerald 

Sarah Fitz-Gerald now retired from the professional tour comes from Melbourne, Australia but competed all over the world for 15 years.

Sarah has achieved a highest Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) World Ranking of one and highest Australian National Ranking of one. Sarah won seventy WISPA World Tour titles and represented Australia on eighty occasions. 

Sarah won all Junior National Titles and culminated with the World Junior Championships in 1987 and captain of two Aust junior women’s teams. Consequently was awarded Sport Australia Junior Female Athlete and Junior Team of the Year 1985 and 1987.

As a senior, Sarah has been recognised for her achievements and awarded the prestigious Australian Female Athlete of the Year in 2001 & 2002, Dawn Fraser Award in 2001, Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Sport Australia, World Squash Federation, WISPA, Squash Australia and Victorian Squash Federation. 

While competing Sarah showed her interest in associations, events and organising of tournaments which led to her becoming Chairwoman of WISPA and eventually President which spanned over 10 years. Sarah also spent 2 years on the Squash Australia board, Director of World Squash Federation (WSF) Athletes Commission and attended meetings and presentations at the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sarah is currently on the WSF board as Vice President, PSA Discipline Board and Chair of the WSF Coaching Commission.

Since retirement Sarah has coached Australian senior and junior teams as well as Victorian Junior teams. She also has MC’ed and commentated at British, HK and Australian Opens as well as exhibition events in the UK. Sarah and her husband Cameron now build squash courts for a living. Sarah was consultant coach to Malaysia’s Nicol David, coach to India’s Dipika Pallikal-Karthik and Australian Christine Nunn. She continues to be involved with the current professional game competing in international and local masters events as well as Australian racquetball.

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Olivia Coles Vice President

Olivia Coles 

Olivia has been an active Squash player since her early teens where she started at Lower Plenty with Len and Flip Steward, and is currently still playing in the metropolitan club circuit pennant. 

Olivia is a passionate supporter of Squash and Racquetball and believes that we should be focusing on increasing grass root participation for our sports to carry them into the future.  As director of the Westerfolds Group Olivia has had almost 20yrs experience running leisure facilities. Currently manage 3 squash centres and she is fully aware of what we need to do in order to get our numbers back up again.

Olivia firmly believe that as sports, Squash and Racquetball keep enthralling people to come back for more. As administrators we need to keep on evolving the ways in which we communicate with the younger generations to get them hooked!  

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Judy Kool Director

Judy Kool

Volunteer with Bairnsdale Squash and Racquetball Association.

Work as a Finance/Payroll Officer at Nagle College, Bairnsdale.

Board member of Squash and Racquetball Victoria – first year.

I stood for the Board of Squash and Racquetball Victoria as player numbers, especially young players, seem to be diminishing and I feel the need to inject some fresh ideas to get players back through the door. I love squash and racquetball, they are such great games, and for a time they were my work, my hobby, my health, fitness and my social life. My local centre has passionate volunteers keeping our local pennants running but more needs to be done. We need to promote a happy and healthy message and get back into schools to encourage new participants to give it a go!

 

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Leon Faustini Director

Leon Faustini

A newly-elected director to the board of Squash & Racquetball Victoria, Leon Faustini volunteers his time to the sports of Racquetball and Squash by producing the live streams for the Victorian Racquetball and Squash Grands Prix.

Leon has an Information & Communications Technologies background spanning approximately 15 years and several industries including: government, mining, law enforcement, banking and hospitality. For the past few years he has been working in the education industry researching, designing, implementing, maintaining and optimising ICT solutions with the aim of improving curriculum delivery and achieving the pedagogical outcomes of the various schools that he has collaborated with.

Leon hopes to use the skills and expertise that he has developed in the ICT industry and apply them to helping his fellow directors achieve the strategic goals of the organisation with a particular focus on organisational accountability, grass-roots participation and further promotion of the sports of Racquetball and Squash.

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Karen Cagliarini Director

Karen Cagliarini (nee Morrissey)

Currently working as Leading Teacher at Furlong Park School for Deaf Children and venue operator/coach at Squash Logic Melton.

I developed a passion for the promotion and development of squash, with a particular interest in juniors and coaching, from a young age. For over 38 years I have been involved in coaching, playing, administration, event management and venue operation.

I believe my experiences and qualifications bring a perspective to the board which is representative of many stakeholders. I hope to work with a team who can direct their energy into reuniting the whole industry towards growing squash & racquetball together in exciting and innovative ways that appeal to a new generation of life-long participants in our great sports.

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Kevin Quick Director

Kevin Quick

Now retired after a long career in IT as a professional  then business owner, I have enjoyed squash for over 50 years, racquetball for 5. My background has given me a skill set that includes marketing and management.

Having played most of my squash in Melbourne and Sydney, but more recently in Albury/Wodonga, I have a sound understanding of the grassroots of both country and metro.

I look forward to working collaboratively with the current team in revitalising our sports, taking advantage of their intrinsic benefits and the competitive advantage provided by the unique technology  now available to us.

My personal vision for squash and racquetball is to see the sports refreshed in the public mind, with strong, collaborative relationships and a unified sport family with protection strategies for centres. 

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