Players who are considered to have potential to contribute to medal winning performances for Australia at Commonwealth Games and World Championship events in the short- and long-term are provided with additional support from Squash Australia as members of the Winning Edge Squad.

There are a number of competition standards across various age categories which are used to determine the potential a player has to be successful on the world stage. Athletes who achieve these standards are invited to receive support as part of the Winning Edge Squad.

Athletes may also be considered for Winning Edge support by achieving the Winning Edge Fitness standards.

The various competition and physical standards associated with the Winning Edge squad are detailed below.

  • Click here for the Winning Edge Competition selection requirements
  • Click here for the Winning Edge Fitness Standards

Athletes in the Winning Edge Squad may attend the daily training sessions at the National Training Centre and receive individual coaching support from the National Coach. They are also have access to additional support services in strength & conditioning, sports science, physiotherapy and psychology.

Squash Australia works with an athlete's existing coach(es) if they are in the Winning Edge squad but do not train at the National Training Centre in order to support them in achieving their full potential.

Athletes who have achieved the competition and/or fitness standards outlined above and who wish to be considered for the Winning Edge Squad should contact the Squash Australia High Performance via email ([email protected]).




Cameron Pilley Athlete

Birthplace: Yamba, NSW
Height: 193 cm
Playing hand: Right


Cameron Pilley is one of Australia’s leading players. He attended the Australian Institute of Sport on a Squash scholarship from 2001 to 2005.  In 2006, Pilley finished runner up in the mixed doubles event at the World Doubles Squash Championships where he partnered up with Amelia Pittock.

Pilley reached the final of the Canary Wharf classic in 2008 but he lost to James Willstrop in an intense five-game match which was instrumental to Pilley’s rise into the top twenty in the world for the first time.  The Australian claimed a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the mixed doubles event, this time partnered with Kasey Brown.

In 2011, Pilley broke the record for hitting a squash ball at 175 mph, beating the previous record by 3 mph set by John White. The record stood until May 2014 where he hit a ball at 176 mph to break his own record. Three months later, Pilley picked up a Gold medal alongside David Palmer in the Commonwealth Games Doubles.

June 2015 was a momentous month for the Australian as he married Women’s PSA World Tour player Line Hansen and, after some lacklustre performances saw him drop out of the world’s top 20, Pilley returned to form by reaching the final of a PSA World Series event for the first time in December 2015 at the Hong Kong Open.

He downed World Champion Gregory Gaultier and World No.3 Nick Matthew en-route but fell to defeat against defending champion Mohamed Elshorbagy. In 2016 Pilley made it to the finals of the Dubai World Series after upsetting Mohamed Elshorbagy in the semi-finals and losing to Gregory Gaultier in the final.

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Sponsor:  Karakal, Squash Australia, Healthy People
Racket:  Cam Pilley Signature Series – Karakal Tec-120ff
Highest world ranking:  11
Country of residence: Odense, Denmark
Started playing:  Age 6
First represented Australia:  World Juniors and 2000 Youth Commonwealth Games


Q&A:

How I got started:  My parents played in the local squash league and introduced me to the game.
Ambition: My focus this season is on my training. Hopefully the results will take care of themselves and I can get some more decent results in the World Series events.
Best performance of career:  Reaching Hong Kong Open final in December 2015.
Major achievements:  2 Gold medals at at 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, Runner-up at 2007 World Teams, Finals runner-up 2016 World Series Finals, Runner-up at 2015 Hong Kong Open.
How I relax: I like my coffee and backgammon so that's one way I relax. I always try to get to the beach if I have a chance wherever I am in the world.
Favourite sport other than squash: Golf
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: Golfer or cricketer

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Ryan Cuskelly Athlete

Birthplace: Evans Head, NSW
Height: 179 cm
Playing hand: Left

Ryan Cuskelly is a prolific PSA World Tour title winner and one of the top Australians on the PSA World Tour. He joined the PSA World Tour in 2006 and picked up his first title a year later at the Topend Open Series.

His best year was in 2009 where he lifted four PSA World Tour titles to elevate himself into the world's top fifty for the first time in December of that year.

Cuskelly's first PSA M15 title came in November 2011 when he defeated number one seed Shahier Razik in the final but he topped that achievement with a magnificent performance at the Northern Ontario Open in April 2015 where he stunned Laurens Jan Anjema in the showpiece final.

After winning his first PSA M35 title with victory over Karim Abdel Gawad in the final, Cuskelly moved into the world’s top 20 for the first time in the November 2015 and he followed that up by reaching his first ever PSA World Series semi-final at the Qatar Circuit 2015.

Sponsors: Harrow, Squash Australia, AIS, Squash gear.
Racket: Harrow Vapor
Highest world ranking: 15
Coach: Rodney Martin
Country of residence: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA 
Started playing: Age 8 
First represent Australia: 2010 Commonwealth Games

Q&A:
How I got started: My family played
Ambition: Be the best I can be
Best performance of career: Semi-finals of Qatar Classic from qualifying
Major achievement: 12 PSA titles including my biggest; a 35k Bluenose Classic in 2015. Bronze medal 2010 Commonwealth Games
How I relax: Surfing and golf
Favourite sport: Surfing 
If I wasn't a squash player: Definitely a professional in another sport if I was good enough.

 

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Donna Lobban Athlete

Birthplace: Yamba, NSW
Height:
179 cm
Playing hand:
Left

Donna Urquhart is the cousin of Men's Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley and is one of the leading female Australians on the PSA World Tour.  She excelled at junior level, picking up 5 Australian Junior titles in addition to claiming a runner-up spot at the 2003 British Junior Open.

Her first Tour titles came in 2007 and just three years later she broke into the world's top 20 to sit amongst the elite players in Women's squash.  2012 saw her take the Crocodile Challenge Cup crown before she followed that up with a title at the Victorian Open two years later.

Eight injury-plagued months on the Tour followed for Urquhart who returned to form with her 9th Tour title at the Seattle Open in March 2015 with a 3-1 victory over Liu Tsz-Ling in the final.


Sponsor:
  Harrow
Racket:  Harrow - Donna Urquhart signature racket 'The Wave'
Highest world ranking:  13
Coach: David Palmer 
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing:  Age 6
First represented Australia:  2003 World Junior Championships at age 16


Q&A:
How I got started:  My mother introduced me to the game.
Ambition: To be the best in the world
Best performance of career:  Semi Finalist Cayman Islands Open 2011
Major achievements:  World Teams Champion 2010, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist 2010
How I relax: surfing
Favourite sport other than squash: Hockey
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: Hockey player or surfer 

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Rex Hedrick Athlete

Birthplace: Melbourne
Height: 176 cm
Playing hand: Right

Sponsor: Head, Ashaway  
Racket: Head Xenon 120SB   
Highest world ranking: 51 
Coach: Cameron White 
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing: 7  
First represented Australia: 17 at World Junior Teams Champs 

Q&A
How I got started: Dad has always played socially so I used to go down for a hit while he practiced
Ambition: To play and medal at World Champs and Comm Games
Best Performance of Career: Finals of PSA 15k's and winning PSA 10k's
Major Achievements: Part of the Aus Team that won a bronze medal at the Mens World Teams Champs 2017  
How I relax: Playing other games/sports  
Favourite sport other than squash: AFL 
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: Would probably be involved in a different sport in some capacity. 

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Nicholas Calvert Athlete

Age: 21
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Height: 182 cm
Playing Hand: Right

Sponsor: Karakal
Racket:  Karakal Tec Pro Elite
Highest World Ranking: 163
Coach: Stewart Boswell
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing:  Age 6 
First represented Australia
: 2014 Oceania Junior Championships


Q&A

How I got started: My dad played squash and got me into it.
Ambition: Represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and win a gold medal.
Best Performance of Career: 2020 Australian National Championships (Winner)
Major Achievements: 2020 Australian National Champion, 2019 Arafura Games gold medal, Australian team member - 2019 World Doubles Championships. 2017 Australian Junior Champion
How I relax: Listen to music, play golf, watch other sports
Favourite sport other than squash: Tennis, AFL, cricket
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: A tennis player

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Oscar Curtis Athlete

Age: 15
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Height: 172 cms
Playing Hand: Right

Sponsors: Salming
Racket: Salming Power Ray
Coutry of Residence: Australia
Started Playing: When I was 6
First Represented Australia: 2016 (Trans Tasman Team)

Q&A

How I got started: Playing with my family.
Ambition: World Top 20
Best Career Performance: Oceania Junior Championships 2019 (Under 15 Boys champion)
Major Achievements: U/15 AJO Champion, U/15 OJC Champion, 4 x Australian Trans Tasman Team representative.
How I relax: Listening to music
Favourite sport other than squash: Badminton
If I wasn't a squash player, I would be: Tennis player.

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Zac Alexander Athlete

Birthplace: Brisbane, QLD
Height: 1.85 m
Playing hand: Right

Born in Brisbane Zac Alexander enjoyed a successful junior career winning multiple Australian Junior Titles and leading the Australian Junior Team at the World Juniors in New Zealand in 2006. Zac then turned to full time training as an AIS Athlete from 2007-2009 before embarking on his senior career being based in the United States alongside long-time coach Rodney Martin and fellow professionals Ryan Cuskelly and Kasey Brown.

Since turning pro Zac has amounted a considerable amount of PSA Titles; 26 to date. In that time he rose to a career high world ranking of 36 before being struck down by a hip injury which saw him out of the game for nearly a year. In more recent seasons Zac has based himself back in Australia collecting PSA titles all around the country though his focus now turns to representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April 2018 in the Men’s Doubles event. Zac has already tasted success in the event with a Silver Medal at the World Doubles in Darwin in 2016 along with a Gold Medal at the Malaysian Open Doubles Championships later the same year.

Sponsor: Eye Rackets Int
Racket: X. Lite 125 Zac “Attack” Alexander
Highest world ranking: 36
Coach: Rodney Martin
Country of residence: USA
Started playing: 1996  
First represented Australia:2005

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How I got started: Father is a Squash Pro
Ambition: Medal @ GC2018
Best Performance of Career: Coming in March 2018
Major Achievements:
27 PSA World Titles
World Doubles Silver Medalist
World Teams Bronze Medalist
HWR 36
How I relax: Golf, Wine, TV, Mates
Favourite sport other than squash: AFL
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: An aspiring Golf Professional.

 

 

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Alex Haydon Athlete

Age: 19
Birthplace
: Clare, South Australia
Height: 170cm
Playing Hand: Right

Sponsor: Salming, South Australian Sports Institute (SASI)  
Racket: Salming Cannone Powerlite
Highest world ranking: 20 (U/19)  
Coach: Stewart Boswell & James Rogers 
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing: 8 Years Old
First represented Australia: 2014 Trans-Tasman Test Match

Q&A How I got started: Was exposed to the sport through my whole family playing it & when the Clare Squash Club (my home town at the time) hosted the Australian Open for 3 years in a row when I was a little tacker
Ambition: Represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and Olympics (fingers crossed squash gets in), and to become the best squash player I can be.
Best Performance of Career: At World Juniors 2019, Australia vs Canada, playoff for top 8 spot. I played at number 1 position and won in 5 against Canadian #1 who I've lost to before and never beaten. The feeling of playing that match solely for my team and country, taking one point at a time and leaving everything out on the court was just unreal. I played out of my skin and so did my teammates. The Aussie girls beat Canada and made it into the Top 8 for the first time in 14 years!!
Major Achievements
-Australian Junior Championships winner in U/13 U/15 (x2), U/17 (x2), U/19 (x2); 7 consecutive National Junior Titles since 2013.
-Consolation Plate Winner at World Junior Championships at New Zealand 2017 and Malaysia 2019.
-Bronze medal with Zac Alexander at 2019 World Doubles Championships in Gold Coast, Australia
-Oceania Junior Champion, Auckland 2019
-Australian Junior Open Champion, Sydney 2019
-Represented South Australian State Junior Team every year since 2012.
-Australian representative at 2019 World Doubles Championships, 2018 Youth Olympics (Argentina), 2018 Women's World Team Championships (China), 2015 COmmonwealth Youth Games (Samoa), 2016 - 2019 World Junior CHampionships (Poland, New Zealand, India, Malaysia), Trans Tasman Test Team 2014 - 2019.
How I relax: Reading/watching TV, camping, adventuring, being out in fresh air and nature, journaling, meditating and hanging out with family & friends
Favourite sport other than squash: Basketball, Crossfit or Running
If I wasn’t a squash player: I would be: a professional athlete for another sport as I love everything that comes from being a professional athlete.

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Christine Nunn Athlete

Birthplace: Canberra, Australia
Height: 170cm
Playing Hand: Right

Sponsors: ASC, CourtTech,  Dunlop, Highly Strung, Kooyong Squash, RMIT, Salming, Squash Australia
Racket:  Dunlop
Highest world ranking:  36 (July 2016)
Coach:  Sarah Fitz-Gerald
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing:  8 years old
First represented Australia: 2009 World Junior Championships

Q&A
How I got started: Both of my parents played squash, as well as my brother and sisters- it was much cheaper than child care and quickly became something we did for fun as a family
Ambition: Representing Australia and winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games is my main sporting ambition
Best Performance of Career: to be confirmed...
Major Achievements: Winner of 4 WSA Tour 5 events and Runner up at the 2017 QLD Open Tour 10 event
How I relax:  Reading, Beaches, Games, Music, time with family and friends
Favourite sport other than squash: AFL
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: overweight!

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Sze Yu Lee Athlete

Age: 18
Birthplace
: NSW, Australia
Height: 159cm
Racket Hand: Right

Racket:   Grays and Head Speed 120 
Coach:  Rob Leisner and Joe Wong
Country of residence: Australia & Hong Kong 
Started playing:   8 Years Old
First represented Australia: 2019 Trans Tasman Team

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How I got started: joined a mini squash program in Hong Kong during the summer break in July 2010
Ambition: Represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and Olympics (hopefully); reach the top 20 in the world.
Best Performance of Career: In 2017: won OJC in New Zealand; got into top 8 ranking in Hong Kong and achieved grade 8 level in piano exam
Major Achievements: 2017 AJC Runner Up, 2018 Scottish Open Runner Up, 2019 AJO & OJC Winner; representing Australia.
How I relax:  Reading, watching TV and playing piano
Favourite sport other than squash: Cycling
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be:  an author or architect

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Ethan Eyles Athlete

Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia
Height: 170cm
Playing Hand: Right

 

Sponsor: Harrow
Racket:  Harrow Vibe
Highest world ranking: 467
Coach: Rod Eyles
Country of residence: USA
Started playing:   Age 9
First represented Australia
: 12


Q&A
How I got started:
Squash has been played in my family for decades and I loved it from the first time I played
Ambition: Paly for Australian in U-19's and for Australian Men's Team in the future at World Junior Championships and commonwealth games and hopefully the Olympics when Squash gets in
Best Performance of Career: Winning Australian Junior Titles and Oceania Events.
Major Achievements: Finishing top 4 twice at US Junior Open, Representing Australia
How I relax: Playing Guitar and listening to Music
Favourite sport other than squash: Skateboarding and Surfing
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: Working with animals   

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Gregory Chan Athlete

Age: 16
Birthplace: Malaysia
Height: 171 cm
Playing Hand: Right

Sponsor: Salming
Racket:  Salming Power Ray
Coach: Stewart Boswell
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing:  Age 8 
First represented Australia
: 2016 Trans Tasman Test Match  


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How I got started: Attended a squash clinic after reading a promotional flyer at school
Ambition: To be the best that I can be
Best Performance of Career: 2016 Hong Kong Junior Open Champion (BU13)
Major Achievements: 2016 Hong Kong Junior Open Champion (BU13), 2016 Australian Junior Open Champion (BU13), Australian Junior Championships – consecutive winner for 5 years (2014 - 2018 from U/13 to U/17)
How I relax: Spending quality time with family & friends, playing sports and online games
Favourite sport other than squash: Basketball & Soccer
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be:  Playing another sport in a similar capacity.

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