Why did you join the Berkshire Squash Committee?
I first became a committee member in 1991 and have performed a number of roles, but have been Treasurer since 2008. John Carr, a previous Chairman, asked me to get involved. As Squash had given me so much pleasure over the years, I felt obliged to give something back to Berkshire specifically, by using my banking background to help out in accountancy matters. I really enjoy the role and find it very satisfying to help keep the county finances on an even keel and like reporting annual accounts to our members at the Annual General Meetings.
Where and when did you start playing squash?
I started playing squash in approximately 1980, after an injury brought my football playing days to a close. I joined Caversham Park Village, a modest club north of Reading, where I still play today.
Who was your biggest influencer in the game?
My younger brother David was a decent squash player and encourage me to play. I soon got ‘hooked’ and wanted to beat him as sibling rivalry soon kicked in! Whilst he would beat me convincingly initially, he always always offered words of encouragement – advice that eventually rebounded on him, as I was able to turn the tables on a permanent basis. Sadly, severe back problems precipitated his early retirement from the game.
What was your most important squash development?
I am pleased to have improved gradually over the years, making it into the Caversham Park Village first team. My highlight was being selected to play for Berkshire in the Over 45s Inter County Championships in the early 1990s. Whilst I only played one match, having won 3/0, I can truthfully boast a 100% success rate!
What was your most significant squash event?
Having been a regular member of the Caversham Park Village first team for so many years, we clinched promotion on the last day of the season in 1990, by a solitary point. This is one of the most satisfying events I remember.
What is your proudest squash moment?
I have managed to maintain a place in Caversham Park Village’s first team over four decades until the pandemic curtailed my involvement last year.
What other squash successes have you had?
In the 1980s I was involved with the Junior Squash programme in Berkshire and it is rewarding to see how many of those children are still active in the game, having blossomed into good club players duly graduating through the age levels. More recently I have engaged as a Trustee for Caversham Park Village Association, a registered charity (the owners of Caversham Park Village Squash Club) and continue to assist in the overall running of the squash facility including the production and distribution of a periodical newsletter to the membership.