For players at the very top of the Athlete Talent Pathway there is the Winning Edge Squad. These players are focused on winning medals at major championships.

The various technical and physical standards that we look at for entry to the Winning Edge Squad are given 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 at the NTC and when pre-arranged with the HP group (these players can attend these sessions free of charge).

Squash Australia will work with the athlete's existing coaches if they are in the WE squad but do not train at the NTC in order to develop athletes to their full potential.




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


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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 Urquhart 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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Tamika Hunt Athlete

Birthplace: Coffs Harbour, NSW
Height: 164 cm
Playing hand: Right

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Jessica Turnbull Athlete

Birthplace: Wauchope, NSW
Height: 175cm
Playing hand: Right

Sponsor: Grays squash, Salming Squash
Racket: Grays Illusion 110JT
Highest world ranking: 74
Coach: Nathan Turnbull
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing: 2002 
First represented Australia: 2011
 
Q&A
How I got started: My whole family played and I wanted to get in on the action!
Ambition: Represent Australia as many times as possible and of course get to WR #1
Best Performance of Career: While it wasn't a PSA match and I didn't win, and it wasn't in a final, I think my best performance was on Nov 2017 at the Brisbane Open, playing former World number 2 Jenny Duncalf and losing in 5. Played the best squash I ever have and was Stoked to get close.
Major Achievements: representing Australia at the World junior championships in 2013, making 2 PSA world tour finals.
How I relax: Generally with a good book and a comfy chair.
Favourite sport other than squash: overall: Rugby League, to play: Basketball
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: If I wasn't playing squash I probably would have been able to study a bit more, so I would probably be studying to be a lawyer right now.

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Alex Eustace Athlete

Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Height: 181 cm
Playing hand: Right

Alex Eustace started playing squash when he was 9 years old. He trains 2/3 times a day 6 days a week. He has made the Brisbane team and Queensland team every year since he started playing competitive squash. In the juniors ranks Alex was junior Queensland champion in all age groups since U13 and was Oceania and Australian U19 champion in 2016. Alex has chosen squash as his career.


Sponsor: Head
Racket:  120 Xenon Slimbody
Highest world ranking: 238
Coach: David Palmer and Nathan Turnbull
Country of residence: Brisbane, Australia
Started playing:  Age 9
First represented Australia
: 2014 Junior Trans Tasman Test Match Teams 

Q&A:
How I got started: My parents introduced me to the game.
Ambition: Become best Australian player and make it into the world top 10.
Best performance of career:  Winning 2016 Australian Junior Open U19.
Major achievements:  Runner-up 2014 Malaysia Junior Open (U17), Winner 2014 Singapore Junior Open (U17), Winner 2014 Australian Junior Open (U17), Winner 2015 Australian Junior Open (U19), 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games men’s doubles silver medallist, 2016 Oceania Junior Champion (U19), Winner 2016 Australian Junior Open (U19), 2-time Winner Queensland Junior Open  (U13/15/17/19) 
How I relax: Meditation, music
Favourite sport other than squash: Boxing, tennis and MMA
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: A boxer or a 100/200m sprinter

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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

 Q&A

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

Birthplace: Australia
Height: 170cm
Playing Hand: Right

Sponsor: Salming, SASI 
Racket: Salming Aero Cannone Pro Vectran
Highest world ranking: 39th/U19 
Coach: James Rogers
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing: 8 Years Old
First represented Australia: Trans-Tasman Test Series 2014, 12 Years Old

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: Be #1 in the world & represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and Olympics (fingers-crossed for squash getting into the 2024 Olympics!)
Best Performance of Career: Last year AJO, where in all my matches I was really just playing strong and hard while really enjoying myself, which lead to me performing extremely well and lifting my game to the next level.
Major Achievements
- 5 Consecutive National Titles at AJC, and being awarded MC Hazel twice
- World Junior Championships Consolation Plate Winner, and top 10 finish with the Australian Junior Women's Team
- Advertiser Channel 7 Junior Sports Star of the year 2017, presented at the SA Sports awards
- Dux of my year at school (2015 & 2017)
- Representing Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2015, and World Junior Championships 2016 & 2017
How I relax: Reading, camping, adventuring, watching a movie, and hanging out with family & friends
Favourite sport other than squash: Basketball
If I wasn’t a squash player: I would be: a basketball player or Women's AFL Player

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Jacob Ford

Birthplace: Australia
Height: 175cm
Playing Hand: Right

Sponsor:  Tecnifibre 
Racket:   Tecnifibre carboflex 125
Highest world ranking:  362
Coach:  Peter Saxby
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing:   12
First represented Australia: under 15’s Trans Tasman team

Q&A
How I got started: whole Family played squash
Ambition: top 100 
Best Performance of Career: recently finishing 5th at Scottish junior open 2017
Major Achievements:. Under 17’s AJO & AJC winner, 5th place at Scottish junior open
How I relax:  fishing, surfing
Favourite sport other than squash: Surfing
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be:  Fisheries officer 

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Christine Nunn

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

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

Sponsor:  TBC
Racket:   Grays and Head Speed 120 
Coach:  Rob Leisner and Joe Wong
Country of residence: NSW (and in Hong Kong currently)
Started playing:   8 Years Old (7/2010)
First represented Australia: Not yet

Q&A
How I got started: joined a mini squash programme in Hong Kong during the summer break in July 2010
Ambition: top 20
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:. Won: 2017 OJC (GU15); 2016 AJO (GU15); 2014 AJO (GU13) and 2013 AJO (GU11)
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

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

Birthplace: Malaysia
Height: 168 cm
Playing Hand: Right

Greg loves sport.  At the age of 8, being an all-rounder, Greg had to choose between badminton and squash – he chose squash and has not looked back since.  2016 (under-13) was the highlight of his career having had the opportunity to participate in quite a few Australian/International tournaments winning 3 finals (Hong Kong, Australia Open & Close), and 3 first runner-ups (Oceania, Japan, Borneo).  For now, he hopes to be able to just enjoy the game whilst training to be physically fitter and mentally stronger.

Sponsor: Salming (apparel & footwear)
Racket:  Tecnifibre Carboflex 125S
Highest world ranking: 3 (Asian Junior Ranking BU13 2016)
Coach: Sue Hillier
Country of residence: Western Australia
Started playing:  Age 8 
First represented Australia
: 2016 Trans Tasman Test Match  


Q&A
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 the last 3 years 2014-2016. 
How I relax: Playing video games and hanging out with my friends
Favourite sport other than squash: Soccer
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be:  A soccer player

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