Meet the Team

Richard Vaughan CEO

Richard Vaughan took the helm at Squash Australia in July of 2015, joining from Badminton Ireland where he was their Chief Executive Officer for four years.

In Ireland he oversaw the transformation of the organisation from one of insolvency in 2011 to one in 2015 which has a very healthy surplus, growing participation numbers, an exciting schools programme, best practice new media and ICT; two Olympians and three European Games medallists at Baku 2015.

As a former Olympic badminton player who reached No. 6 in the world and won European and Commonwealth medals, Richard has a wealth of knowledge in the performance sector. This has been exemplified by his work with the Badminton World Federation around the Olympic Games and Coach Education. Richard has a MBA from Leicester University and previously worked in the Digital area at FD Systems as well as a Masters in Education and BSc in Economics and Politics from Bath University.

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Stewart Carson High Performance Manager

Stewart competed in the 2004 Olympics for badminton before becoming the National Badminton Coach for South Africa. He led teams to the 2012 Olyimpic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2014 he joined Badminton Ireland as the High Performance Manager and oversaw 3 medals at the European Games in Baku in 2015. Stewart is currently the High Performance Manager at Squash Australia.

Main areas of work
• Manage the HP programme
• Manage the relationship with AIS and State sporting bodies
• Oversee the National squad system
• Develop a HP system throughout Australia
• Manage the Winning Edge players
• Manage support services

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Hayden Griffiths Member Services Manager

Hayden Griffiths attended QUT, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in 2013 and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2014.

Hayden has a strong legal and client service focused background, having worked for QUT in Client Services and Academic Support roles for a number of years, before working as a solicitor specialising in commercial, corporate and property fields.

Passionate about an array of sports, the move to Squash Australia was a natural fit for Hayden who attended university with aspirations of being involved in the sporting industry. 

Outside of the office, Hayden's interests include playing football, strength and mobility coaching and music.

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Stephanie Yoon Executive Assistant

Stephanie graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017 having studied a Bachelor of Laws. With a great passion for sports and a desire to begin a career in the sporting industry, she commenced her internship with Squash Australia late in 2016, and was offered a position as the Executive Assistant to the CEO early in 2017.

 

Main areas of work:

  • Administrative support
  • Project management
  • eLearning Portal
  • Squash Australia Integrity Officer
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Zac Alexander Performance Coach

Zac was born in Brisbane and started playing squash from an early age. He competed around the country and overseas as a junior, reaching No. 1 in Australia U19’s before graduating to train full time with the AIS in 2006.  He later moved to America for 7 years and was based with Aussie World Champion Rodney Martin where he reached No. 36 in the world. Now after coaching stints in Connecticut and Melbourne over the past 2 years he is back in Brisbane as part of the Squash Australia team.

Main areas of work
• Manage, promote and develop various education programmes
• Increase the pool of coaches and volunteers
• Improve officials’ skills
• Create the best education system for any sport in Australia.

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Jordan Till Participation Coordinator

Jordan has been playing squash for 14 years and is a qualified regional level squash referee as well as club development level qualified squash coach. Jordan completed his Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Physical Activity from University of Queensland in 2012. He has served on the Brisbane City squash Committee for 4 years and worked as a Squash Manager at Club Coops for 5 years.

Main areas of work
• Increase participation numbers
• Responsible for University and Schools programme
• Assist centre operators in marketing themselves
• Develop and activate support programmes

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Ludo Graizzaro Events Coordinator

Ludo has always been passionate and proactive in sports. It started in Belgium where rapidly he became rock climbing instructor and a few years later managed and lead small expeditions through La Vallee du Mount Blanc, France.

It was also through his practice as a registered physiotherapist that Ludo was involved with sport federation competitions. 

As a devoted squash player and volunteer for the last 20 years, he has gained an understanding of players’ expectations, tournament dynamics and squash business management.

In 2014, Ludo graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance.

 

Main areas of work

  • Deliver well run events that strongly promote the brand of SA
  • Increase the number of entries across all events 
  • Events all operate within SA budgetary models
  • Ensure participants and officials all experience a positive experience
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Kay Kendall GOLDOC Squash Manager

Whilst Kay was born in the United Kingdom, she played the majority of her represented squash for New Zealand from the age of ten to twenty-one.  She continued playing and coaching squash in New Zealand and England, only leaving the sport to pursue a successful corporate career.   

On residing in Australia in 2000, Kay returned to playing and coaching and has been extensively involved at Regional, State and National levels, including Tournament Director duties on the Australian Squash Tour, and Championship Director at the World Doubles in 2016.

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Paul Price National Coach

Having travelled the world as a top ranked professional squash player, Paul knows what it takes to reach the top. Commitment, dedication, and a vision are among the many qualities he possesses from his worldly experiences. Paul is now focused on helping others reach their potential as a speaker and entrepreneur in the Squash industry with his company Inspired Peak Performance squash. He is driven to add value to others, along with directing them towards their own path of success.

Paul is a former World No. 4. In 2002 he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He is also a British Open Finalist and the current Director and Head Coach of Inspired Peak Performance Squash in Melbourne.  

“Staying focused on the grind of the day to day activities creates the highlight reel you envision.”
- Paul Price

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