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Joe Williams_optJoe Williams, Squash Canterbury Board Member

My squash started at Christchurch Boys’ High School where I went from playing their social squash program when I first started to being the Captain of Squash in my final year. Before squash, I was always a keen cricket player but it was the warmth I received from the squash community that made me addicted to the sport. 

I was lucky enough to have started CBHS when Paul Coll was in his last year there as Head Boy of the CBHS Hostel, inspiration of what I could achieve. Additionally CBHS squash was at its peak winning the National Secondary Schools three times in a row. Whilst I didn't have the fortune of winning the title myself I did have my own successes as a junior largely thanks to three people: Paul Growcott, John Brown and Paul McFadzien. They taught and gave me a lot which I am very thankful for, hence why I have joined the board as a chance to give back to the squash community. 

I have recently come back from a trip over to England where I enjoyed playing endless squash over there and got to train and work with some squash greats: Nick Mathews, David Pearson, Simon Parke, Malcom Wilstrop and more. They all had great advice to give but the biggest surprise for me was going to Harrogate Squash Club and seeing how innovation had increased number of members at the club dramatically. It is this kind of innovation that I hope to bring whilst on the board. I am very open to new ideas and like to think I am approachable if people want to express any to me. Ultimately my aim whilst on the board is to increase the number of people playing squash in Canterbury

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