Mark Talbott on the WPSA tour. (image: Ham Biggar)
US Squash will honor Mark Talbott with the 2017 Robert W. Callahan Men’s Sportsmanship Award at the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management. The ceremony will take place during the fourth-annual Character in Sports Day on Wednesday 11 October at the Daskalakis Athletic Center at Drexel.
Arguably the greatest American squash player in history, Talbott won more than two hundred and fifty squash tournaments during a long singles and doubles career in the 1980s and 1990s. He won three National Singles titles, two U.S. Open titles and seventeen major singles titles. He was in the inaugural class of inductees in 2000 into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.
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2016 U.S. Open Champions Camille Serme (l) and Mohamed Elshorbagy.
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Maria Toorpakai Wazir received the 2016 US Squash President’s Cup Award during the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open.
Report courtesy of WSF.
Pakistan squash star Maria Toorpakai Wazir has been appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s Women in Sport Commission in a role that will see her assist the IOC in the development and implementation of their women and sport policy.
Toorpakai, who hails from the highly conservative South Waziristan, is one of the most inspirational squash players of all time, whose remarkable journey to become a professional athlete saw her disguise herself as a boy in order to train, compete and attend school in a Taliban-controlled area of Pakistan – where girls rarely leave their homes and the idea of women competing in sport is regarded as un-Islamic.
Despite receiving death threats from the Taliban against her and her family, Toorpakai overcame almost universal hostility to forge a career as a professional squash player. The 26-year-old is now the highest-ranked female squash player in Pakistan.
Toorpakai is a strong advocate for equality and joins the Women in Sport Commission as part of a 70 per cent increase in female participation across the IOC Commissions since September 2013, with 38 per cent of the IOC Commissions taken up by women.
The road to the 2017 U.S. Open Squash Championships has begun as the world’s best squash players are set to return to Drexel University in Philadelphia, October 5-14.
Mark your calendars now for what will be another celebration of squash featuring special events such as Junior Day, Women in Sports Day, Hall of Fame Luncheon and Character in Sports Day, and tournaments such as the U.S. Skill Level Championships and Arlen Specter JCT.
Mohamed Elshorbagy and Camille Serme are the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Champions …
The largest U.S. Skill Level Championships in six years with 130 players competing in nine divisions will take place alongside the Delaware Investments U.S. Open finals Saturday and Sunday at Drexel University and Racquet Club of Philadelphia.
2016 U.S. Squash Hall of Fame inductees (l-r) Joyce Davenport (representing Norm Bramall), Paul Assaiante and Suzie Raboy (daughter of Jane Stauffer)
Today, at a special luncheon before the semifinals of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open, Paul D. Assaiante, Norman B. Bramall and Jane Austin Stauffer were inducted into the United States Squash Hall of Fame.