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

Melody Francis National Junior Coach

Melody if a former World No. 34 and was the winner of 7 professional titles on the world tour. She has represented Australia at junior, university and senior levels which included the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Melody is now the director of Leftbox Squash in Newcastle where she provides coaching services to juniors and seniors of all abilities and levels.

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Bradley Hindle National Junior Coach

During his 12 year professional career, Brad reached a highest world ranking of No.64. He represented Malta at 3 Commonwealth Games between 2010 and 2018. During his playing career Brad was also developing his coaching career which included head coach of Malta Squash Team. Brad has also coached and consulted national centres and teams in Russia, Israel and Croatia. Brad is now based in Brisbane where he is director and head coach at Daisy Hill Squash Club.

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Paul Kershaw National Junior Coach

Paul has a wealth of knowledge and experience coaching elite national players. Previously based in the United Kingdom, Paul was responsible for coaching Yorkshire and England Junior Squads from U13’s to U19’s and has worked with other world class coaches including David Pearson, Malcom Willstrop and David Campion. Paul is now a Police officer in WA and has still been involved in coaching by developing school based programs and working with juniors and adults of all levels in Perth and surrounding areas. 

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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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