Squash Australia has developed a generic talent pathway which details the progression for any squash player from the entering the sport through to any potential future involvement in its international representation programmes.

Efforts are made to provide opportunities for as many players as possible at lower levels/younger ages of the High Performance Programme. As players increase in age and ability, opportunities and squad places are fewer and expectations are higher.

The Squash Australia strategic plan has “International Success” as a major strategic outcome for 2016 -2022.

The key objectives are:

  • Develop a World Class daily training environment.
  • Develop a ‘Winning Edge’ performance group targeting world class medal success
  • Establish a World Class High Performance Coach environment.
  • Develop a World Class support services environment.
  • Establish a High Performance working group of experts
  • Develop a clear Talent Identification system to ensure long term success in our High Performance programme
  • Review current testing and knowledge protocols
  • Develop major events preparation plans
  • Review court availability

The diagram below offers a representation of the broader High Performance system.


High Performance Team

Paul Price Head of High Performance

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.

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James Rogers National Junior Coach

After his playing career, James took on a coaching role in the US at two of the most prestigious Country Clubs that consistently produced national Champions, before returning to Australia where he was appointed as the South Australian head coach in 2010. James was also the coach of the 2012 Australian Junior Mens Team.

  • Born Adelaide 1983.
  • Won AJC 1998
  • Australian Junior Men’s team 2002 Chennai, finished 4th.
  • PSA 2001-3 highest rank 151
  • Coached at Cynwyd Club, Germantown Cricket Club and Merion Cricket Club 2005-10
  • Australian Junior Men’s Assistant Coach in Qatar 2012.
  • Squash SA Development Manager & State Coach2010 to present.
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Michelle Martin National Junior Coach

Michelle was one of the game’s leading players in the 1990’s. She was ranked number 1 in the world from 1993-1996 and again from 1998-1999. During this time, she won 3 World Open titles and 6 British Open titles. Michelle was also part of the Australian Team that won the World Teams Championships in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1998 and won 2 Gold Medals in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.  Michelle has also coached victorious Australian Women’s team in 2004.

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Kay Kendall National Junior Coach

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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