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Congratulations Cat - Our New High Performance Manager

We are pleased to announce some exciting news regarding our High Performance (HP) programme. As a result of recent successful shifts in our HP programme, along with the support from HPSNZ and recognising her immense potential, Catherine McLeod-Logan, who we refer to as Cat, has transitioned from her previous role in Performance Logistics Coordinator to become our new HP Manager.

This is a significant development for squash, as we now have a full-time National Performance Coach to lead the culture and on-court standards of our player development, and a full-time HP Manager to develop and implement our End-to-End Pathway. Squash and Cat have also been successful in securing an investment from HPSNZ through the ‘Women in High Performance Sport Residency Experience,’ which will provide financial and professional development support to assist in expanding Cat’s responsibilities. 

New Guidelines to Uplift Your Squash Club's Court Maintenance

We have released some new guidelines to uplift your squash club’s court maintenance. It is the first wave of three this year to assist clubs to uplift their facilities. Further guidelines to follow this year will be in the areas of floor sanding, lighting, HVAC, changing rooms, lounge and kitchen

We know that in general our courts and club are not up to standards our members expect and we are providing as much support as we can to make it easier for clubs to enhance their facilitiesSee also a case study about how the Te Puke Squash Club have managed to cut their monthly power bill by two-thirds here. If you've got an awesome club uplift story to share, please contact and you could feature in the next edition of The Boast!

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa Renews Partnership With Omrub

SNZ Poipatu Aotearoa is pleased to announce it has renewed its partnership with Omrub Ltd for another year, with the company continuing as an official supplier to SNZ. This partnership ensures that all players representing New Zealand and winners of national tournaments will receive a tin of the New Zealand-created and made Omrub.

Angela Elderbroek and Apa Fatialofa acquired Omrub in July 2022, recognising its potential to fill a gap in the topical antiinflammatory market with a 100% natural, certified organic product. They noted its benefits for their PSA-playing family members, Elijah Thomas and Mason Smales. Omrub can be used as often as pain occurs, unlike mainstream antiinflammatories which have restricted use due to synthetic ingredients and chemicals.

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa announces partnership with Belgravia/New Balance as official sports apparel supplier

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Belgravia/New Balance, making them the official sports apparel supplier for our organisation.  New Balance, a brand renowned for its high-quality sports apparel and strong reputation, is particularly popular among young athletes, aligning perfectly with our strategic goals.

Martin Dowson, Chief Executive of Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership: "We are extremely excited to partner with Belgravia/New Balance. Working with a high-end brand like New Balance, which is well-regarded by young athletes, aligns perfectly with our mission to grow the game of squash in New Zealand. We believe this partnership will ensure that our players will continue to be equipped with top-of-the-line gear that will support their performance and comfort both on and off the court."

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa Job Opportunity - Administrative Support Co-ordinator

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa are offering a full-time Administrative Support Co-ordinator role.  Are you detail-oriented, tech-savvy, and passionate about sports administration?

We're seeking a dynamic individual to manage logistics coordination, IT support, and general administration

Meet Myles: Our New General Manager at Club Kelburn

We're thrilled to introduce Myles as our new General Manager at Club Kelburn!

Myles has hit the ground running this week, taking the helm of our Squash and Fitness Center in Wellington. With a passion for squash that's well-known throughout the community, Myles clinched both the Wellington and SNZ Volunteer of the Year awards in 2021 for his outstanding dedication at Island Bay Squash Club.

New Zealand Team Named for 2024 WSF World Junior Squash Championships

A 14 strong New Zealand team has been named for the 2024 WSF World Junior Squash Championships to be held in Texas in July.

The team is made up of seven junior males and seven junior women, with New Zealand Junior Open winners Ollie Dunbar and Ella Lash headlining the squad.

Thank You Pub Charity!


Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa would like to thank Pub Charity Limited for their support in helping us to fund our new competition management system that will be released early 2025. 

Lash and Dunbar take New Zealand Junior Open Honours

New Zealand’s best young squash athletes are recovering following three days of intense competition at the New Zealand Junior Open.

More than 150 athletes aged 18-and-under converged on Palmerston North’s Squash Gym for the competition.

Brooke Pryor Starts With SNZPA As Promotion & Competition Manager Maternity Leave Cover

On 19th April we say goodbye to Tyler as she begins maternity leave. Her contributions to our promotion and event management have been significant over the last two plus years, and she'll be missed.

We wish her well as she embraces motherhood.As Tyler begins her maternity leave, we're thrilled to introduce Brooke, who's stepping in to cover Tyler's role. 

Squash New Zealand Celebrates New Life Members

Three of Squash New Zealand’s most long standing and respected administrators/athletes have been honoured for their contribution to the sport in New Zealand.

Grant Smith, Doug Lawrie and Wayne Werder were officially made Life Members at the Squash New Zealand Annual General Meeting in late March.

Iconic Ōtautahi Christchurch Venue Locked in for NZ Squash Open in 2025

The iconic Isaac Theatre Royal is set to play host to the world’s best squash athletes, with the venue secured for the 2025 New Zealand Squash Open in Ōtautahi, Christchurch.

The theatre, which was built in 1908, will be decked out with a glass court on stage, allowing fans a spectacular view as the event is contested from March 4th to 9th, 2025.

An exciting New Zealand team has been confirmed to compete in the Junior Trans-Tasman Test Series in April.


The Team will play the Oceania Junior Championships from the 12th – 14th April, followed by the Test Series from the 15th – 16th April. Games will be played at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Australia.

Club Uplift Challenge Launches: A Game-Changer for Squash Clubs Nationwide

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa is thrilled to launch its Club Uplift Challenge which will support clubs around the country to upgrade their facilities and services.

The Club Uplift Challenge aims to support clubs and increase their member satisfaction. It has three main offerings which cover enhancing facilities, improving club coaches and upskilling volunteers and club programmes.


MySquash is Live

We have released phase 1 of MySquash, our new mobile-friendly, digital engagement tool for competitive and social players, administrators, officials, coaches and supporters.    


Squash in New Zealand Voice of Participant Survey Reveals Overwhelming Positive Results For Clubs

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa is excited to share the outstanding results from the recently conducted Sport New Zealand Voice of Participant survey.

The survey, designed to capture the perspectives and experiences of individuals engaged in squash activities across the affiliated network of 185 clubs nationally, has showcased a resoundingly positive outlook for the state of squash participation in our community.

WSF Men’s World Team Championship: New Zealand Finish 13th with Win over Canada, Egypt Win Title

New Zealand has beaten Canada to finish 13th at the WSF Men’s World Team Championship in Tauranga, while Egypt has  bettered England to win the World Title.

Playing in Mercury Arena, Commonwealth Games athlete Temwa Chileshe was the first Kiwi in action, up against Canada’s Brett Schille. Temwa was dominant off the T, using his reach to volley well and win the first match in three straight games.

Get Ready to Celebrate Sporting Excellence: 61st ISPS Handa Halberg Awards Unveils 76 Outstanding Nominations

A wave of sporting brilliance surges as Halberg reveals the nominees for the 61st ISPS Handa Halberg Awards, marking a spectacular milestone in honouring athletic excellence. With an inspiring 76 nominations from National Sports Organisations and an esteemed independent Nominations Board, the stage is set for a celebration like no other.

WSF Men’s World Team Championship: New Zealand to Play USA in Final 16

New Zealand has qualified for the final 16 of the WSF Men's World Team Championship, following the conclusion of the group stage in Tauranga.

With the New Zealand team recording a win against Republic of Korea and a defeat to Wales in pool play they will take on fifth seeded USA later today (6pm) in front of what is sure to be a noisy Mercury Baypark Arena.

WSF Men’s World Team Championship: New Zealand Go Down to Wales

The New Zealand Men’s Squash Team has gone down to No.6 seeds Wales at Tauranga’s Mercury Baypark Arena.

Competing in the WSF Men’s World Team Championship World No.3 Paul Coll continued his hot run of form, coming up against Joel Makin in a rematch of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games final.

WSF Men’s World Team Championship: New Zealand Avoid Early Scare to Beat Republic of Korea

The New Zealand Men’s Squash Team has avoided an early scare to win it’s first matchup in the WSF Men’s World Team Championship in Tauranga.

With New Zealand No.1 and World No.3 Paul Coll rested after winning the New Zealand Open on Sunday, it was up to Commonwealth Games athlete and World No.104 Lwamba Chileshe to lead the team against the Republic of Korea.

New Zealand Squash Open: Coll Triumphs at Home, Fiancée Nele Gilis Takes Women’s Title

The New Zealand Squash Open has seen a fairytale finish with Paul Coll winning the Men’s Open and Nele Gilis, who is engaged to Coll, winning the Women’s Open. 

For world number three Coll it was a maiden New Zealand Open title, as he defeated England’s Marwan Elshorbagy in straight games.

New Zealand Squash Open: Coll Digs Deep to Book Spot in Final

Paul Coll has booked his spot in the final of the New Zealand Squash Open after winning a tense battle against France’s Victor Crouin. 

Coll (world number three) and Crouin (world number 11) looked set for a tight semi-final from the outset, going point for point for much of the first game in Tauranga as they played long rallies from the back of the court.

New Zealand Squash Open: Coll through to Semi Finals

New Zealand’s Paul Coll has won a heated exchange against a fired-up Frenchman to advance to the semi-finals of the New Zealand Squash Open.

The world number three took on France’s Auguste Dussourd in his quarter-final in front of a pumped-up home crowd at Tauranga’s Mercury Arena.

New Zealand Squash Open: Day Two Wrap

England’s Lucy Beecroft came back from the brink to beat Aira Azman and reach a maiden Silver-level quarter-final.

19-year-old Azman made the quicker start, with the Malaysian settling well as she fired in a number of winners to take the first game 11-8.

King Withdraws from NZ Open due to injury

Eight-time Commonwealth Games medallist Joelle King has withdrawn from The Barfoot and Thompson Women’s NZ Open, due to injury.

King, who won the NZ Open in 2022, has been struggling with a back injury for the last six weeks and says she needs more time to recover.

Coll Wins Hong Kong Open Final in Epic Battle

Paul Coll has defeated the World number 1 Ali Farag to claim the Hong Kong Open crown.

The world number 4 got the better of Farag in an epic five-game battle to become the first New Zealand male to be victorious in Hong Kong. It was Coll’s second major title of the season, having also defeated the Egyptian to win the U.S. Open. 

Coll Battles Past ElShorbagy To Reach Hong Kong Open Final

World No.4 Paul Coll has become the first New Zealand male to reach the Hong Kong Open final after battling past Mohamed ElShorbagy in an entertaining four-game encounter. 

The game plan from Coll was evident from the outset, looking to find his length and accuracy down both wings at the Xiqu Centre. The West Coaster did this to great effect, moving smoothly on the new surface and taking the first game 11-4. 

Lucino Vanities to be Naming Rights Sponsor for 2023 New Zealand Men’s Squash Open

The New Zealand Festival of Squash 2023 is pleased to announce Lucino Vanities has acquired the naming rights to the New Zealand Men’s Squash Open.


Ōtautahi Christchurch to Host NZ Squash Open in 2025 and 2026

Ōtautahi Christchurch is set to see the world’s best squash athletes in action, with the city confirmed as the host of the 2025 and 2026 New Zealand Squash Open.

The New Zealand Squash Open is an annual tournament which features New Zealand’s top squash athletes, as well as many of the best squash athletes from around the globe.

Junior Trans-Tasman Test Series Team Announcement

An exciting New Zealand team has been confirmed to compete in the Junior Trans-Tasman Test Series in December.


Two new New Zealand Squash Hall of Fame Inductees

The Father of New Zealand Squash Inducted into Hall of Fame

The man often referred to as ‘the father of New Zealand squash’ has been inducted into the Squash Hall of Fame 74 years after his death.

SquashLevels Launches in New Zealand

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa is pleased to announce the globally acclaimed SquashLevels rating system is to be implemented in New Zealand.

SquashLevels will replace the current grading system, elevating the competitive landscape within the New Zealand squash community and offering the opportunity for New Zealand players to compare themselves against squash players globally. 

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa Thrilled with Olympic Inclusion

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa is thrilled squash has been included on the Olympic Games programme for LA 2028.

Squash is one of five new sports confirmed for the LA Games, following voting this evening at an IOC Session in India.

Catherine Logan-McLeod’s new position as Performance Operations Coordinator

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa is thrilled to announce Catherine Logan-McLeod’s new position as Performance Operations Coordinator. 

Be in to win with our Voice of Participant survey!

Players and parents throughout New Zealand are being asked to have their say on their squash experiences through our Voice of Participant survey.

Conducted in partnership with Sport New Zealand and carried out by InMoment, the VOP Survey is being undertaken by Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa for the first time

Let’s Build the Future of Squash Together – Exciting Changes on the way for Squash in New Zealand

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa is launching a campaign titled ‘Let’s Build the Future of Squash Together’, as the national body looks to implement a raft of exciting changes to improve player experience.

The campaign has officially launched today, with a microsite available at this link. The initiative is being run as Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa makes changes to the way the game is run in New Zealand, in efforts to future proof the sport.

Coll Goes Down to Farag in Epic Five Game Battle

New Zealand's Paul Coll has missed out on advancing to the final of Paris Squash 2023 after being undone by Egyptian World Number One Ali Farag in a titanic five-game battle at the Palais de Tokyo.

It was blockbuster squash from both players, with today’s encounter similar to their entertaining clash in the semi-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic earlier this year.

Paul Coll through to Semi-Finals of Paris Squash 2023

New Zealand’s Paul Coll has defeated Egypt’s Tarek Momen 3-0 in a 60-minute tussle for a place in the semi-finals of Paris Squash 2023.

Coll was measured throughout the hour-long battle with the former World Champion, with plenty of errors coming from Momen’s racket in the first game while Coll remained steady with some solid defensive work.

New Zealand Names Exciting Team for 2023 WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship

New Zealand has named an exciting team for this December’s World Squash Federation (WSF) Men’s World Team Championship in Tauranga.


Job Opportunity - Performance Operations Coordinator

Unleash your potential with this exciting opportunity. Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa are offering a full-time, permanent, low to mid-level role for management enthusiasts.

Experience the thrill of handing diverse challenges particularly in high performance, enabling our players, coaches, and administrators to focus on performance. Your background in planning, organising and administration will play a vital role in shaping impactful experiences. Join our team and take on a wide range of responsibility in our organisation’s activities.

City of Devonport Open: Elijah Thomas Lifts First PSA Title

New Zealand’s Elijah Thomas tasted victory for the first time on the PSA tour yesterday as he claimed his first title at the City of Devonport Tasmanian Open.

Thomas was the No.6 seed coming into the event and after two 3-0 wins to reach the quarter finals, then defeated Japan’s Naoki Hyashi and Hong Kong’s No.3 seed Harley Lam to earn a spot in his first final alongside another first-time finalist Ho Ka Hei.

NZSS team to travel to Sydney Announced

At the prize giving of the 39th NZ Secondary Schools Squash Teams Championships hosted by North Shore Squash Club, the NZSS team to travel to Sydney later in August was named. The team will be coached by Nic Dann (Marlborough Boys College) and Manu Yam (Takapuna Grammar School) and managed by Aaron Webb (Mahurangi College) and Tyler Duberly (Westlake Girls HS).

Junior Boys

World Junior Championships, Women’s Teams Event Wrap

The New Zealand Junior Women’s Team has wrapped its campaign at the World Junior Championships, leaving the pinnacle tournament with two wins and two losses to take 9th place.

Ella Lash (Auckland), Sophie Hodges (Waikato), Anne Leakey (Auckland) and Anabel Romero Gemmell (Central) represented New Zealand in the Women’s Teams event in Melbourne, with competition following the individual event the week before.

World Junior Championships, Individual Event Wrap

The New Zealand Junior Squash Team has wrapped its individual campaign following five days of fierce competition at the 2023 World Junior Championships in Melbourne.

The New Zealand women’s squad was made up of Ella Lash (Auckland), Sophie Hodges (Waikato), Anabel Romero-Gemmell (Central) Anne Leakey (Auckland), Maiden-Lee Coe (Wellington) and Ella Hill (Tauranga). 

Squash Player Magazine Issue 2 2023 Now Out!

The latest issue of Squash Player magazine (2032 Issue 2) asks, ‘what are the critical questions for our sport’?

Earlier this year European Squash threw its hat into the ring (and should be congratulated for doing so) with an innovative Think Tank but did they ask the right questions? In a major article Squash Player suggests a fundamental review of our sport with critical questioning and some basic research.


New Zealand Squash Championships: Paul Coll & Joelle King claim New Zealand Titles – King Equals Dame Susan Devoy’s Record

Joelle King has made history at the New Zealand Squash Open, claiming her tenth national title to equal the record set by squash great Dame Susan Devoy in 1992.

World number four King was joined on the winners podium by Paul Coll, who notched up his seventh national title during the final day of competition at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre in Tauranga.

New Zealand Squash Championships: King gunning for Dame Susan Devoy’s Record

Joelle King, Megan Graham, Paul Coll and Lwamba Chileshe have booked their spots in the finals of the New Zealand Squash Championships following another day of heated competition at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre in Tauranga.

Nine-time national champion King was a cut above in her quarterfinal, outclassing ninth seed Anne Leakey 11-1, 11-1, 11-4. King again showed why she’s ranked number four in the world as she took on Winona-Jo Joyce in her semi-final, King directing play from the middle of the court for a cruisy 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 win.

Racketball Invitational Showcasing Sport for Everyone

The inaugural New Zealand Racketball Invitational got underway today at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre in Tauranga.

The invitational is being run in conjunction with the New Zealand Squash Championships, with eight men and eight women showcasing the sport through the event.

Megan Graham back on court and loving it

Two-time national champion Megan Graham has advanced to the semifinals of the New Zealand Squash Championships and is loving being back at the top level of squash.

New Zealand Squash Championships: Day One

It was an action packed first day of competition at the New Zealand Squash Championships with more than 50 matches played at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre in Tauranga.

International star Paul Coll (world #5) breezed through his first matches to qualify for tomorrow's quarterfinals.

Flynn Venmore plays dream match against Paul Coll

17-year-old Flynn Venmore from Whangārei is still pinching himself after getting to play a game of squash against his idol, world number five Paul Coll.

Venmore and Coll were drawn to play each other in the men’s round of 32 at the New Zealand Squash Championships. Venmore says he couldn’t quite believe it when he saw Coll’s name beside his.

Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa

Squash New Zealand has rebranded and changed its name as it progresses on a bicultural journey of inclusivity.

The sporting organisation has incorporated te reo Maori into its title and will now be known as Squash New Zealand Poipatu Aotearoa.
Poipatu is the Maori translation of squash.

Oli Dunbar set to play exciting round against World Junior Squash Boys (U19) Champion Rowan Damming in Morrinsville Open

Oli Dunbar, current New Zealand top Junior, is set to play Netherlands star and current World Junior Squash Boys (U19) Champion Rowan Damming in an exciting opening round of the Morrinsville Open on Thursday. 

24 nations to descend on Tauranga for 2023 WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship

A huge twenty-four teams have been confirmed for this December’s World Squash Federation (WSF) Men’s World Team Championship in Tauranga.

The biennial tournament, which sees four-man squads from national federations battle it out for the title of World Squash Champions, will be played in New Zealand’s Mercury Baypark Arena, and the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre, Tauranga, from 11-17 December.

Shelley Kitchen leaves enduring legacy at Squash New Zealand

Commonwealth Games medal winner and Squash New Zealand High Performance Manager Shelley Kitchen is calling time on her career with Squash New Zealand (SNZ).

Kitchen has been involved in the SNZ High Performance Programme since 2014, first as a coach before taking on the HP Manager position in 2016.

Squash New Zealand Establishes Athletes’ Commission

Squash New Zealand is proud to announce it has set up an athletes’ commission in efforts to strengthen athlete input into organisational decision making.

The Squash New Zealand Athletes’ Commission has been established in conjunction with athletes and will advocate for the rights and interests of players.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games athlete Evan Williams has been appointed Chair of the new body. He says the commission will strengthen the athlete voice within squash.

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2023 World Junior Championships Team Announcement


Joanne Williams Honoured With Squash New Zealand Life Membership

Since the 1980’s Joanne Williams has had a profound impact on the way squash has been played in New Zealand.

Williams began her squash journey in Christchurch. Her father was the great Les Milne, New Zealand’s first ever junior champion and one of the stalwarts of squash in New Zealand.

Bruce Davidson Honoured With Squash New Zealand Life Membership

For almost 50 years Bruce Davidson has been helping to grow and develop the game of squash in New Zealand.

Davidson’s involvement in squash administration began somewhat by accident in the 1970s when he became the club representative for Khandallah Squash and Tennis Club on the Wellington Squash Association.

Squash New Zealand Independent Board Member Vacancies

Squash New Zealand is seeking to appoint three board members due to the expiry of the terms of current board members. Whilst current members may seek re-election there is a minimum of one board seat to fill.

Squash Player Magazine New Issue Now Out!


Mostafa Asal, world no.1 and squash's player of the future, reveals in an exclusive interview with Squash Player magazine, given on the eve of his ban from the sport, what the pressures are on him and how he hates the game at times. He calls for reform in key problem areas and we analyse the incidents that led to Asal being ejected from the sport. He adorns the cover, in a not untypical pose, while inside there are more pictures of his unique celebration routines. Asal also reveals his love of football and his obsessive passion for the FIFA video game.  

Jonathan Kemp Appointed Squash New Zealand National Performance Coach

Squash New Zealand is delighted to announce that Jonathan Kemp has been appointed National Performance Coach.

Kemp, a former professional squash player and highly respected coach, brings a wealth of experience to the role and is set to play a crucial role in developing the next generation of elite squash players in New Zealand.

Job Vacancy - Communication and Engagement Manager

About the Opportunity
The purpose of this new function is to lead the implementation of Squash NZ’s recently completed Communication and Engagement Plan and to create engaging informative and relevant editorial and digital media content relating to participation and events of squash throughout New Zealand.

Campaign Coaching Opportunities - 2023 World Juniors and World Men's

Squash NZ are now seeking EOI's for the following coaching roles for 2023 campaigns;

Senior Men’s Team – WTC Tauranga
Junior Men’s Team – WJC Melbourne, Australia and Trans-Tasman Series, Tauranga  

Squash Player Magazine New Issue Now Out!

Who would you pick as Player of the Year?   There has rarely in squash been a more interesting question or time. That is the question we gave to an international panel of experts from different continents and the answers are published in the latest issue of the Squash Player magazine, The Annual.

We also have the Young Player of the Year and the Most Improved Player Awards. The experts pick their Highlight of the Year, what is yours? We also have the Year in Stats - for example: what was the longest match of the year? The significant squash records that have been broken during the year are published and we also include the popular Photos of the Year.


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