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

DOB: 27/10/1982
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.

 

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

DOB: 15/07/87
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

DOB: 19/12/86
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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Rachael Grinham Athlete

DOB:  22 Jan 1977
Birthplace:  Toowoomba, Australia
Height:  157cm
Playing hand:  Right

Former World Champion Rachael Grinham is one of the most recognisable names on the PSA World Tour with a lengthy career that has seen her win some of the biggest prizes that the women's game has to offer.  

Winner of four British Open Titles (famously dubbed “The Wimbledon of Squash”) and having held the World no. 1 Ranking for 16 consecutive months between 2004-2005, she finally claimed the World Championship Title in 2007, beating her sister Natalie in an historic first ever World Championship Final between two sisters.

Grinham has competed in 4 Commonwealth Games between 1998-2014, medalling at each one and bringing her tally to a total of 2 Gold medals, 2 Silvers, and 3 Bronze.  A permanent fixture in the Women's World Rankings, ranked in the World's Top 10 for over a decade, she also incredibly held a ranking amongst the World's Top 5 for over 8 years.  

At 39 years of age, Grinham's experience, skill and athleticism continue to keep her contending with the world's top players on the PSA World Tour while she keeps her sights on representing Australia for a 5th time at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.


Sponsor:
 Squash Australia, AIS, Harrow Rackets, Tecnifibre String 
Racket:  Harrow Aussie Renegade
Highest world ranking:  1 (2004-2005)
Country of residence:  Australia

Q&A:
Started playing:  As soon as I could walk and hold a racket, from about age 3. Played first junior tournament at age 7.
First represented Australia:  1993 at Women’s World Junior Teams Championships.
How I got started:  My parents played squash and my father volunteered as a coach at the local club, so I spent a lot of time there and grew up loving the game.
Ambition:  To represent and medal for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Best performance of career:  Beating Nicol David in the 2007 British Open final.
Major achievements:  World no. 1 ranking, World Champion, World Junior Champion, 4-time British Open Champion, 3-time World Teams Champion, 2-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, 31 PSA Tour Titles.
How I relax:  I like going to the beach and lying in the sun to relax. Also one of my favourite things to do is see musicals at the theatre.
Favourite sport other than squash:  I don’t get the opportunity much but I love to play badminton. When I was younger I also enjoyed playing soccer and basketball.
About me:  I’m not the kind of person who's good at talking about themselves unless asked specific questions.
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be:  Unhappy!

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Rex Hedrick Athlete

DOB: 1/11/1988
Birthplace: Melbourne
Height: 176 cm
Playing hand: Right

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Tamika Saxby Athlete

DOB: 18/04/1993
Birthplace: Coffs Harbour, NSW
Height: 164 cm
Playing hand: Right

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Jessica Turnbull Athlete

DOB: 23/06/1995
Birthplace: Wauchope, NSW
Height
Playing hand: Right

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Rhys Dowling Althete

DOB: 25/03/1995
Birthplace: Darwin, NT
Height: 178 cm
Playing hand: Left

Rhys’ 21-year-old professional squash player currently living in Brisbane.  His current world ranking is 140 and is number 8 in Australia. 

Sponsor: NTIS, Hi-Tec, Sandgate Squash, Squash Australia, NT Squash  
Racket:  Hi-Tec
Highest world ranking:  140
Coach: Nathan Turnbull
Country of residence: Australia
Started playing:  Age 5
First represented Australia:  2012 World Junior Championships

Q&A:
How I got started:  Lived in an apartment above a squash centre that my parents used to manage
Ambition: Top 10 in the world and to coach after playing life
Best performance of career:  Won 2014 Banque Caledonienne Investissement International in New Caledonia 
Major achievements:  2-time Gold medallist Arafura Games, 6-time Australian Junior Champion
How I relax: Watch TV and play video games
Favourite sport other than squash: Basketball
About me:  I love a good burrito/pretty much any Mexican food
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be:  Physical education teacher

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Alex Eustace Athlete

DOB: 30/12/1997
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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Joseph White Athlete

DOB: 28/09/1997
Birthplace: Townsville
Height: 187 cm
Playing hand: Right

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William Curtis Athlete

DOB 02/05/1999
Birthplace: Leicester, UK
Height: 170 cm
Playing Hand: Right

For Willian, Squash is a way of life.  He has committed the past 8 years of his life to the sport and stuck strong to the “process”, being disciplined in his approach to training and learning to create the correct mindset whilst still having fun and enjoying himself.

Being selected for the World Juniors Team is a highlight for 2016 and Will is looking out for new opportunities that will take his squash to the next level.

Sponsor: Tecnifibre, Salming, Hartac sales and distribution
Highest World Ranking: 379
Coach: Geoff Davenport
Country of Residence: Australia
Started Playing: Age 8
First represented Australia: 2014 Junior Trans-Tasman Test Match Teams 

Q&A
How I got started: Playing for fun with my dad and older brother Elliot
Ambition: To represent Australia in the Commonwealth Games
Best Performance of Career: Personally it was in the semi-finals of the 2016 Oceania Junior Championship where I won 3-0 against New Zealander Matthew Lucente
Major Achievements: Oceania Under 17s Junior Champion 2016, 2015 Australian Junior Open Under 17s winner, 2014 Australian Junior Open Under 15s winner.
How I relax: Listening to music
Favourite sport other than squash: Basketball
About me:  Moved to Australia with my family from England when I was 3.  I have two brothers Elliot who is 4 1/2 years older and Oscar who is 5 years younger.  I have attended the local primary and high school and I’ve been with some of my school friends since kindergarten. 
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be:  A basketball player

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