Squash is a sport of stamina, speed, aerobic fitness, agility and a delicate touch. High performance squash players also have agile minds and are commanding tacticians.
Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Squash is one of the top training programs in the world. Through the guidance of former world champion Byron Davis (doubles) and former British Open Champion Anthony Ricketts it provides outstanding coaching and development opportunities to high performance athletes. The program also benefits from the input of two former World Champions in Rodney Eyles and Vicki Cardwell as AIS Consultant coaches.
About the program
AIS Squash was one of the first AIS programs to be decentralised. Since opening in 1985 in Brisbane it has produced many world-class players who have won the major world squash competitions — including the British Open and World Open — numerous times.
The program has been coached by many squash greats over the last 24 years, including Heather McKay, Ken Hiscoe, Rod Martin, Michelle Martin and Geoff Hunt, whose 19-year tenure as head coach helped establish AIS Squash as the leading training program for the sport in the world.
AIS Squash employs consultants from the Queensland Academy of Sport who also work with Squash Australia in the fields of sports medicine, physiotherapy, sports psychology, nutrition, strength and conditioning and massage therapy.
About the sport
Squash is played on a four-walled court, marked with a variety of lines restricting where the player can hit the ball. It can be played either in singles or doubles format.
In international competition, players compete in a ‘best of five’ series, with each game being played until the first player reaches 11. If the score reaches 10–10 the players must continue to play until a margin of two points is achieved.