Our impressive Waikato players have brought home 5 medals after competing at The World Masters Games which commenced on the 26th April at North Shore Squash Club. Waikato had 19 players entered into the Open Divisions of their respective age groups with 3 taking advantage of the recreation draw. With 8 days of intense international competition, all players were fortunate to be a part of the Auckland Games which have been declared the best ever by The International Masters Games Association.
Waikato players returned home with gold medals, as well as strong placings across the age categories. Hamilton’s Allan Crome played an amazing five setter in the final to beat first seed Corey Love and take the gold medal and World Championship 40+ title. Allan represents Taupiri and Hamilton Squash and Tennis Clubs.
Trevor Coulter is living proof that age is no barrier to succeeding in a sport. The fit and active 80-year-old won the World Masters Title for the 80+ Category back in 2014 and has claimed the Silver medal this year for his division.
Thames Squash Club were extremely proud of their kiwi girl, Sandra Kennedy, who also took home the Gold after winning the recreational 55+ division.
Nadine Cull from Taumarunui achieved an impressive third place, maintaining her seed in the 40+Womens Division and claiming the bronze.
Liz Hamilton from Morrinsville took Christine Ewart to five sets to take home the bronze in the 55+ Women’s section, with international players Susan Lawrence (USA) and Pippa Green (UK) battling it out to win the Championship title.
Our Waikato Team consisting of Allan Crome, Steve O'Toole, Nadine Cull and Fran Hopkins, represented us well in the Teams Event, competing in the 35+ Open Division. Thank you to all players who represented us well on the international stage both on and off court - you all made us proud!
|Gold for Allan Crome! (centre)||Some of our Waikato Masters||Trevor Coulter - Silver 80+||Harry Coombes|