Squash great to run clinics

SQUASH: She was a world champion who won 28 Australian State Championships and 20 National Titles in seven different countries.

But that’s just the warm-up; she has also been named the Australian Champion eight times, British Open Champion four times and the World master Champion four times.

Not quite done – she was also named Australian Sportswoman of the Year in 1980 and 1981, on top of being named Female Athlete of the Year in 1981.

Vicki Cardwell has undoubtedly made her mark in the squash sporting world, but has now resumed the easier life of coaching and will arrive in Rockhampton on November 27 to share some of her inspiration.

Cardwell will conduct a three-day clinic, the senior coaching clinic on Friday evening, November 27, and junior clinics on the Saturday and Sunday.

Scottvale Park Squash Centre’s Sandra Rowcliffe said it was a big honour to have someone of Cardwell’s experience to come to Rockhampton.

“She has very tactical skills and will be a good coach. I think everyone who does the clinic will benefit from experience,” she said.

“She has an all-over appeal and is very good with junior coaching. She is someone to really look up to and I was most impressed.”

Rowcliffe said as the season was coming to an end, so had a lot of the enthusiasm.

“Hopefully this will bring some more enthusiasm; everybody is a bit burnt out from this year’s tournament, so this will get people back in it,” she said.

Each clinic will be limited to 20 participants each, so the contenders can have adequate attention.

The Scottvale Park Squash club has had success in 2009 in hosting the National Junior Champions and the Queensland Open.

Next year the club will host seven tournaments.

Rowcliffe urges all those interested in the Vicki Cardwell Coaching Clinic to nominate as soon as possible, as there is limited space.

For more information call Sandra Rowcliffe on 4928 1588.



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