Julieanne Harris, director of squash at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, was presented with the US Squash Achievement Bowl during a reception at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships on Wednesday evening.
Kim Clearkin, the Vice President of Programs and Events at US Squash, presented the award to Harris. Clearkin spoke about recent progress in women’s squash with participation doubling in the past decade in the U.S. and 30,000 women’s matches recorded online last season. She also addressed the recent success of Women’s Squash Week, which began in the U.S. and has grown into a global initiative.
In presenting the 2018 Achievement Bowl, Clearkin noted Harris’ deep impact on the game in the U.S. since her arrival from Australia in 1983. As a player, Harris has captured five open U.S. national titles and four age-group titles. She twice played for Team USA at world championships and twice coached the national junior team at world championships, and has coached numerous players who have represented Team USA at the World Junior Championships.
The Achievement Bowl is US Squash’s oldest award. Every year since 1955 it has been given out to women who have made notable and profound contributions to the advancement of squash. Last year’s recipient was Gail Ramsay, head women’s coach at Princeton and a long-time doubles partner of Harris.