Squash's Inclusion in the 2028 Summer Olympics Ignites Local Excitement
October 24, 2023
By: Will Newnham, Chelsea Piers Athletic Club Squash Director
Squash has always held a special place in my heart. I was introduced to the game by my parents, Peter and Jenny Newnham, and my brother Adam when we lived around the corner from the Weald Squash and Tennis Club in Hassocks, England. From the moment I picked up a racquet, I felt the adrenaline, the camaraderie, and the sheer joy that squash brings.
That's why the news of squash's inclusion in the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles is a dream come true, not just for me, but for squash enthusiasts around the world. Our journey with this sport has been a humble one, filled with passion and unwavering dedication. We've seen our fair share of highs and lows, always holding onto the hope that squash would finally get the recognition it deserved.
As a junior player, I was fortunate to be coached by Graham Stevenson, a true inspiration who made squash extremely fun. His enthusiasm and love for the game were infectious, setting the foundation for my lifelong connection with squash. And then, later on, I was mentored by Mike Harris, affectionately known as "Mr. Squash." His passion for the game was unwavering, and his belief in squash's potential on the global stage was undeniable. Under their guidance, I not only improved my skills but also developed a profound love for the sport.
Today, I'm honored to serve as the Squash Director at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. It's an incredible place, filled with young, eager faces ready to take on the court and give squash a shot. It's an exciting prospect to tell these kids that squash is now an Olympic sport!
The news of squash's inclusion in the Olympics has ignited a spark of excitement, not just in me, but in squash enthusiasts worldwide. It's not just a game-changer; it's a moment that brings us all together, a tribute to those who've shaped our love for the sport, and a stamp of approval that proves that squash is more than just a vegetable - it's a sport that has earned its place on the world stage.
So, as we look ahead to 2028, I can't wait to see the world's best squash players competing for gold. And I'm even more thrilled to share this incredible journey with the young, budding squash stars at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. This Olympic inclusion is a testament to our passion, resilience, and belief in the sport, and I'm deeply honored to be part of it. Let's celebrate this humble journey and embrace the road ahead together.