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FRAM'S CORNER 2010
Everything you never knew you needed to know about the Squash World in 2010
FRAM'S CORNER #11              31th December 2010

PAKISTAN
  

  • Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Wapda took berth into the final after recording victories in their respective semi-finals of the Men Squash team event... Read more....

 

  • KP retain Men team squash title 3rd in a row.... Read more....

  • Aamir Atlas, Farhan Mehboob face world rankings slump...
    Read more...


  
ENGLAND

When Nick Matthew gets finally a little bit of the recognition he deserves...

It's in the Times, and it's by Matthew Syed....

  • Nick Matthew is not exactly the stuff of conversation in pubs and clubs, and I am not sure if he got a mention on the BBC's Sport Personality of the Year's....

    Read more....

  • Willstrop reaches seventh major final this year... Read more....

  • Squash coach Taylor served up award:
    Local squash coach Joshua Taylor has been awarded Young Squash Coach of the Year by England Squash And Racketball.... Read more....
SCOTLAND

 

  • No reprieve this time for Kempsell as No.1 seed crashes out of Open...
    Edinburgh's Dougie Kempsell, the No.1 seed, was knocked out at the quarter- final stage of the boys' under-19 event at the Scottish Junior Open squash Championships at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh yesterday.....
    Read More....

NICOL DAVID

  • Reflections of 2010:" It’s a year I will always treasure; a dream year for me. 2010 was pretty daunting at the beginning and it certainly was not an easy road throughout...."
    Read more...

BARBADOS

  • Karen Meakins is the National Sports Council’s 2010 Sports Personality Of The Year.
    She had her brightest day in August when she earned a silver medal at the tenth World Squash Federation’s Masters Championships in Cologne, Germany.

 


Greg in London (SSF2008, Steve Cubbins)

FRAM'S CORNER #10               29th December 2010

PAKISTAN
 

BRUNEI

USA

Did you know that the Chairman of  Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, Brian Roberts, won four silver medals and one gold in team squash at the Maccabiah Games?...

INDIA

        

ENGLAND


Wael in Hurghada 2008 (photo jos.aarts)

FRAM'S CORNER #9
26th December 2010

PAKISTAN

Well, it's still happening over there. I guess it's a good sign? There seem to be a lot of animation in the Pakistan High Squash Spheres....

  • LAHORE: Squash legend Jansher Khan, recently appointed as national coach and adviser to the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), has claimed that Pakistan — with the time available to prepare youngsters — can win next year`s World Junior Championship.... read more....

ENGLAND

When Adrian Grant, alias Granty, gets a bit of recognition for his performance in the CWG...

MALAYSIA...

  • KUALA LUMPUR: Low Wee Nee not selected to play in the British Open junior squash championships because of limited funding from the National Sports Council.... Read More....

SRI LANKA

  • Not exactly news, but just in case you missed it the first time round.... The International Olympic Committee has shortlisted squash for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, according to World Squash Federation head N Ramachandran....A review of the existing sports would also be decided by 2013"... Read more...
NEW ZEALAND

As announced in Fram's Corner 6th edition, Louise Chrome has now tied the knot...
  • ACT Leader Rodney Hide shed a few tears when he practised his wedding vows yesterday morning. But by mid-afternoon there were only smiles as the MP and his visibly pregnant bride Louise Crome tied the knot on the beach at Pauanui.... Read More....


The "Old Guard" catching their breath... David Palmer & Thierry Lincou,
Bluenose Classic, Feb 2010

FRAM'S CORNER #8
24th December 2010

PAKISTAN

It's all happening there. In the past weeks, we heard that Jahangir declined working with Pakistan's Federation. Well, Jansher was only too glad to accept...

...And still in Pakistan....

And to finish, a little reminder - for the new generations - of what Mighty Jahangir and Prince Jansher have accomplished in their lives...

A nice montage of some of their battles, and their impressive records...

MALAYSIA

Spotlight on the girls... First Sharon Wee, who just retired, and also Queen Nicol...




KUALA LUMPUR:
. After two decades of representing Malaysia in the junior and senior international squash arena, Sharon Wee has finally decided to quit competitions....

Read more...

. The best year ever for Queen Nicol. "I couldn't ask for more, and I am pleased"....

Read more...



SCOTLAND

Youngsters aiming for Glasgow 2014...

Five players to receive specialist training
The five elite players – Rosie Allan, Chris Leiper, Richard Hollins, Andrew Forbes, Sam Allan – have been selected to receive specialist coaching and fitness training every week.

Read more....


CAMERON PILLEY...

Our LaidBack Australian has been pretty active since he went back home....

First, a nice addition on his blog....

Then, a warning on twitter about a possible con... Power wristbands a dud, says ACCC..


Weren't they cute...
French Junior Team, August 2008
(Lucas Vauzelle, Lucas Serme, Antoine-Camille Petrucci, Greg Marche)

FRAM'S CORNER #7
2th December 2010




When Pakistan "rediscovers" Hashim Khan.... Keeping an eye on the ball...



Pakistan again....

Legend Jahangir Khan declines Pakistan's Federation offer...

 


NZ Coach gets national recognition..

Jared Gravatt won Squash New Zealand's Club and School Coach of the Year award for 2010....



Men's Athlete of the Decade: Yasser El Halaby

Yasser El Halaby ’06 won individual national championships in all four of his seasons at Princeton. Everything they could do, he could do better.

From 2002 to 2006, Yasser El Halaby ’06 helped transform squash at Princeton from a niche sport to one of the University’s proudest and most storied athletic traditions
Read More...



Join Jonathan Power in an amazing Charity project...

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play squash with one of the worlds best squash superstars of all time!....



IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE RICH THAT THEY ARE BAD!!!!!

I really love the tone of the article...

"I spent an evening with the rich this holiday season.
They didn't have horns. They weren't sipping champagne. They weren't kicking the homeless. Rather they were gathered at a fundraising event to give their money to the needy of Detroit....

Read more...



Adrenaline instead of insulin

"Thanks to squash, I manage to keep on living," says former Israel champion about his triumph over diabetes.

At age 16, three years after being introduced to squash at his school in Ramat Gan, Dovi Haruzi received the news that changed his life. "They discovered I had juvenile diabetes," he recalls.

Read more...





After a terrible ordeal in his life - the passing of his mum - Ramasra is back, and Guyana's National Squash Team Coach Alwyn Callander believes in his future....

Read more...
FRAM'S CORNER #6



SHABANA NOT TOO HAPPY...

You have two ways to look at this article from AFP, relayed in SportDawn.com.

I would have entitled it - Shabana praises Ziad and Nimick - or you can see the empty glass - and say "
Squash world champ Shabana slams promoters for overkill".....

Read more....




NICOL IN CHINA....



Busy on the keyboard is our Queen Nicol....

Another detail blog on SquashStars about the just finished World Teams Championship in NZ...

Read more...



Louise Chrome expecting...

Well, apparently, Louise is not only going to get marrie in March, but is also expecting her first child...

Tous mes voeux de bonheur....


 
Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa all for national tourneys

While the Worlds in Saudi is finishing, the Nationals in India are being played...

To be noted that Dipika is not participating, as injured...

Read more....
"This is just something to lift his spirits," said Maraj. "You need things like this to keep people's spirits alive, because it's a huge physical loss."

The hallway outside the Van Vliet Centre squash courts rang with cheers and the slap of the squash ball almost non-stop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/prof+lifts+spirits+injured+student+fundraiser/3949057/story.html#ixzz17ilXOLFm


U of A professor Brian Maraj mounted a daylong marathon squash tournament to encourage an injured Student who injured his spinal cord between the fifth and sixth vertebrae, and can't move his legs.

It's unclear if he'll ever be able to hold a glass of water...

Read more....



Star photo... Alison Waters and the ball - HK by Steve Cubbins

FRAM'S CORNER  #5                  8th December 2010



ALL ABOUT NZ...


Nice to see the spotlight going and shining on that little island with an attitude....

 

NICOL DAVID

After the Asians Games, Queen Nicol is talking - and writing her blog on SquashStars....

read more....

 



Players earmarked
for national success


The initiative is designed to deliver expert local coaching and fitness training to the best squash players in that area.

As part of this they will receive a 90-minute coaching session every week designed to meet their individual needs. The whole programme will be overseen by assistant national coach and former national champion Stuart Crawford.

Read more...


 
SURPRISING INTERVIEW FROM AAMIR...

Did he really say that? I somehow doubt it...

PST UPDATE...

Promoter US based Joe McManus talks about the situation with PSA at this point in time...

 
    

URBAN SQUASH
HITS SOUTHBANK....


Ramy, during the Worlds 2009
FRAM'S CORNER  #4                  5th December 2010
FRAM'S CORNER  #4                  5th December 2010

SQUASH SO POPULAR
IN EGYPT...


According to national team manager Ahmed Taher, talking to Daniel Richardson, from the Manawatu Standard, NZ, "Egypt might not seem like a place where squash would be popular but the country's youth are mad about the game.

After football, squash is what youngsters want to play"...

Read more....

THIERRY IS NOT RETIRING...

Richard Eaton, official AFP journalist, the lucky b... British, has done an excellent interview of Thierry about his future in the game...

Read more...

  

 

WSF BOSS IN PADERBORN....

If Mrs Andrew Shelley thought she was going to see her husband more often after he changed from WISPA head to WSF, she was wrongly mistaken! After over 3 weeks in Delhi there was time in Guatemala, Glasgow, Lausanne then Paderborn, then off to Saudi!!!!... The man is unstoppable!

Joke apart, the World Squash Federation CEO has completed its venue and hotel inspection in Paderborn, Germany, ahead of next year's men's World Team Championship.

Read more


QAMAR ZAMAN FOR THE KIDS...

Former World Squash Champion Qamar Zaman has said his services will always be there for promotion of squash and training of children who want to play the game.

“After seeing huge talent in young players, I have offered my services as a coach without any charges to train junior players playing at Benazir Bhutto Squash Complex,” Qamar told APP

Read more....


 
No comment...

RITWICK
AT A PREMIERE...



When Karim won the Sky Open, in Sept 2009...
Photo David Barry

WHEN KRISTIAN GOT THE CALL...

When you get drawn a Lucky Loser out of the bag at the end of a tournament, you normally don't get very far. Well, Kristian did, after Beng Hee got sick a few days before the Worlds.


"A grey and very dark day in Denmark turned out to be one of the best!

I was sitting in class at uni in Odense having a lecture on something I do not even remember. I got a call from a foreign number and honestly I did not bother answering, because I was trying to keep up with the teacher.

After class I eventually listened to the voicemail that was left on my machine. It turned out to be the PSA offering my a spot in the World Open!!!!

First I thought: No way I can make it!

Well.. I went home on my bike through very bad weather in Odense. Almost too much snow to even bicycle.

I got home. Called the Saudi embassy. After 8 failed attemps a woman finally picked up the phone.

I explained the situation to the woman and I went through several people at the embassy. I was told to show up Tuesday morning at the embassy with all my documents – still not 100% sure to get a visa. I was actually told I could have it Thursday morning. As in, too late. Anyway...

I took my chances and went Tuesday morning. I arrived at the embassy and found myself all alone. I was the one person there!

After a five minute talk with Mr. Mohammed everything was fine. Mr. Mohammed thought that it was great for my to participate in the World Open and that why I got the visa for free!

FRAM'S CORNER  #3                  2nd December 2010

 
My Star Photos... Ramy in the 2009 World Open (David Barry)... Shabana & Najla (DB)



RECYCLING
SQUASH BALLS????

Last year, I got an email from Lee Witham about recycling squash balls. Here is the follow up...

"Hi Fram, you probably don't remember me... I wrote to you a year or so ago regarding the recycling of Squash balls. I forwarded my email to Dunlop who to my surprise replied! saying 'we will look into it'...

Not to my surprise a year on, I have not heard of Squash ball recycling!

It's mind blowing to think all these used Squash balls just get thrown in the rubbish! Our club alone gets through 300 balls a month!

 It would be interesting to find out how many Squash balls Dunlop produce per year..5 million?...makes you think!

Can we put it out to the Squash Community & get some ideas?"




A LITTLE CATCHING UP
WITH THE INDIAN PLAYERS...


Right after the Asians Games, only a few weeks after the Commonwealth Games, let's read a long article in Hindu.com. "“This was my first visit to China. The set-up was mind-blowing and showed us just why the country is where it is in the world hierarchy today", says Saurav...

Read more....



COLIN RAMASRA IS BACK...

Colin's squash career is back on track after a drastic dip in form due to the death of his mother in a car accident....

Read more.....

ANY TITLE
FOR PAKISTAN...

Pakistan’s squash coach Faheem Gul claimed on Monday that Aamir Atlas Khan and Farhan Mehboob were capable of winning any title in the world.

Read more....



Thierry in SkyCairo 2009 (David Barry)
FRAM'S CORNER  #2                    30 November 2010


To be honest, I didn't expect to make a second edition that quickly, but then again, it is a busy time, with the World Teams in New Zealand for the Ladies, Saskatoon, the Asians Games, and the Players' life we hear about in the different sites all over the world...... Not to mention Mr Squash Press that does his bit for Movember...

Like I said, a busy time....
Women's World Team
Revue de Presse...


Well, Revue de Presse, Press Review, I'm sure you got it.... You see, your French is getting better by the second.



James' Blog....

They are a few writers I never fail to read whenever I get my screen on one of their articles.

And James Willstrop's column in the YEP, as in Yorkshire Evening Post, is definitely one I always look forward to.

I strongly advise all to read James' prose. It's always extremely well written, the subject vary immensely, and like his Dad, he is not afraid to call a cat a cat, as we say in French, you guys in English talk about spade I believe??

I'll put James' articles in this column regularly, of course... But this one, where he talks so warmly from his "living companion" as he calls Vanessa, is one of his best in my books...

And if you miss it in the YEP, you can always catch up on his FaceBook page....



When Robin Refs
the Final...


According to the Star Phoenix from Saskatoon, poor Canadian Robin Clarke had the great privilege to ref the final of the $10,000 event yesterday between Laurence Delasaux and Jorge Baltazar.

"Apparently, the players also engaged in good-natured banter to the laughter of the audience. In his acceptance speech, a grinning Delasaux apologized to Clarke "for screaming and shouting at you," which also garnered chuckles.

"We couldn't give any more in there today," said Delasaux. "We left it all on the floor. All the training and hard work we do just culminated today."

Read more....




Miles for Moms...

In 2002, Chris Hanson’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that Chris’s grandmother had also suffered and defeated.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Chris was determined to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“I had gotten into running over the summer,” Chris explained, “and I enjoy it a lot, so I thought I could use that to fundraise.”

Chris got the idea to run as far as he could cumulatively during the month of October, and decided to invite his friends and teammates to sponsor him per/mile in order to raise money. Chris’ roommate Dave came up with a fitting name for his initiative:

...Miles For Moms.

Read more....
  


Chris Hanson, founder Miles for Moms




Farewell for Azlan???

Well, that's an article I would like very much the Malaysian to comment for us.

What do they mean, "it was his last Asian Games"????

Surely, at only 28, Azlan can still play at least, at least one more Asian Games...



Howard is "Movembering"
as well...

It's been a very hairy month apparently in the world of Squash...

After Tim Garner's unforgettable moustache yesterday, Howard Harding, PSA, WISPA, WSF Press Officer among others, informed me that his Movember campaign could do with a boost!!

"I could send you a picture if you really insist" he said.

Oh yes I replied... And not disappointed I was.

  
My Star Photos...
Borja & John Milton, by Steve Cubbins in CW2009 -  David by David Barry in Queens
FRAM'S CORNER #1                     28 November 2010
A BIT OF MADNESS
IN THIS WORLD OF SQUASH....

  
Well, difficult for me to keep quiet... It's just, you know, when you come across an funny or interesting info, and you would like to share it with people.

That column is exactly that. No theme in particular. I would like it to be interactive, with your ideas, thoughts, shouts, etc. You know my email, gommendy@aol.com.

Press articles, notes from the players, promoters, funny photos... Let's see where the World of Squash takes us, shall we???
Roger Flynn in the Scotsman.com...

I would personally describe Roger - who I know very little of - as a man of few words. Well, a bit like Geoff Hunt really. Must be something in the Australian water...

In an article in the Scotsman, he says that he believes four East of Scotland youngsters are on track for the 2014 Commonwealth Games after being included in a newly-created performance squad based in Edinburgh.....


Read more...

Roger Flyn
On track for CWG 2014


 
Nicol David - My Qatar...

Nicol David in Qatar....
One of the great pleasures of being on a tournament is the ability to go from table to table at breakfast, the best moment in my mind to chat with the players.

And boy in Qatar, did I do a few breakfasts with Nicol and Liz Irving, her coach, with the addition of her trainer, Ronald! We had great fun, well, I had anyway, not sure about them, they are far too well educated to say otherwise...

Nicol wrote an very detailed blog on SquashStars on her tournament in Qatar. I personally enjoyed reading her side of the event, how she feels each and every match.
Moustaching away...

Along the way, I've always seen Tim Garner, promoter and member of the Head of WISPA for a few months now, doing some weird things for charity. I can remember him cycling away, walking mad distances, etc.

Well, this time, it was maybe not that hard physically, but boy, it wasn't a walk in the park either!

Come on, admit it, Tim is not exactly a moustache guy, is he. But what we wouldn't do for charity, hey?

Please, be kind and generous to the protate cancer charity event Movember....

He bleeping deserves it...

Nick in Pink??

Bless a new campaign for I'm not exactly sure what, we have the chance to see Nick Matthew and Daryl Selby in pink and yellow/green fluorescent outfits.

"How cool are we??!" asked Nick on his tweet?
"Erm honestly??!" retorted Adrian Grant...

Only to have Gilly Lane having the last word : " I think you boys should play in that kit during the WO...would blow peoples minds"...

My tweet? "No Comment". And I'll stick to it...
Urban Look for Squash (2010 for Nick, Tecnifibre - 2007)
 

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