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Squash

Total investment 2016-17: $765,000 (high performance: $530,000; participation $200,000; other $35,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 49% 

Squash Australia continues to make improvements in its high performance program and pathway with improved leadership and focus on elite athlete development.

The appointment of a high performance manager provided an opportunity for the role to drive and direct its elite program.

Squash Australia accepts the need for more specialisation in the doubles game as it changes with world ranked players playing an increasing role in major competitions. Squash Australia is confident player depth will enable it to achieve its targets at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

At the 2016 World Doubles Championships the men’s double pairing of Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley were No. 1 seeds, however lost the semi-final to New Zealand. While Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart took the silver medal after beating the top seeded Indian pair in the semi-final.

Squash Australia believes it has the players to win gold in all three disciplines at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. To achieve this, the sport has implemented a two-year plan for doubles preparation, built on a performance analysis library of doubles combination from the most recent doubles world championships and recognised the need for Australia’s older players to specialise in one event to maximise medal potential.

Governance commentary

Squash has actioned a number of recommendations from the previous sports performance review including conducting a board evaluation and updating the constitution to detail that the CEO cannot be appointed to the board within three years of leaving the role. Further updates to the constitution, including stating the minimum number of board meetings per year, will result in further compliance with the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. Squash would benefit from increasing the gender balance and diversity of its board. The continued development of education and training programs that underpin the anti-match-fixing and member protection policies would also be valuable.

2016 Benchmark event // world senior women's team championship

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 3 bronze 1 total 4

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