Yamba squash pair in world games team
YAMBA squash products Cameron Pilley and Donna Urquhart have been named in a strong national squad for the World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in July.
For Pilley, ranked 23 in the world, the World Games will be the last stop on an epic journey which takes in four tournaments across three continents.
“He was pretty excited,” Pilley's mother, Sue, said.
“He will be able to come home, play in a doubles tournament before competing at the Australian Titles in Clare Valley.
“The World Games makes it worth his while because it is such a long way to travel.”
Sue said she was looking forward to seeing her son - currently attending a training camp in Spain - who will visit the Clarence Valley for a week before travelling south for the Australian titles.
Urquhart, on the other hand, has just finished competing at the Top End Open tournament in Darwin, where the world number 33 outlasted Victorian Amelia Pittock in a tight five-set final 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 13-11.
The Top End victory was Urquhart's fourth career title and should send her to Taiwan full of confidence.
The World Games are held in the year following the Olympic Games and comprises sports not part of the Olympic program.
Squash is pushing for inclusion at the 2016 Olympic Games, and Squash Australia CEO Gary O'Donnell said it was important the sport remained firmly fixed in the eyes of the Olympic committee.
“Squash is played in every major multi-sports event in the world apart from the Olympics,” O'Donnell said.
“The World Games provide an ideal opportunity to show IOC delegates that squash is a natural fit for the Olympics.
“Most of our team is under-25, so if squash does claim its rightful place at the Olympics, then these players would be hopeful of being part of the first ever Australian team.”