Women's SQUASH WEEK 2016
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WSW 2016 has arrived!!


This year Colorado is hosting some fantastic events to support WSW 2016 that are right around the corner. Women can meet and play squash with Narelle Krizek, founder of the WDSA and former World #1, at the Denver Athletic Club, and Alicia McConnell, one of the most decorated female US squash players of all time, at Guillermo's in Colorado Springs.  

Sept 18th, Meet and Play squash ICON Alicia McConnell in the Springs...

Women: gather everyone you know and head to Colorado Springs, September 18th, 2pm, to meet and play with one of most decorated female squash players of all time at Guillermo's Squash Club

Contact to join the Denver caravan/carpool or just show up!

Alicia McConnell currently works for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. She has won 7 National championships, is part of the US SQUASH Hall of Fame, and has recently been awarded the President's Cup. 

Read about her here here, and here! Come and meet this CO squash gem on the 18th.... tell everyone you know! All you need is your racket and shoes. 

Sept 24th,25th, Meet and Play WDSA founder, Squash Pro, Narelle Krizek in Denver

In connection with Women's Squash Week, Squash Pro Narelle Krizek is coming to Denver for a weekend of women's squash clinics and fun. All interested women squash players are invited to participate.
Saturday, September 24, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., Denver Athletic Club. Clinics and matches, doubles and singles play. Players are welcome to stay for happy hour and dinner at the DAC.
Sunday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, (Tentatively) University Club of Denver. Clinics, matches., and food.
Suggested donation:  $50.00 to support Narelle's visit to CO
For more information or to RSVP, contact Maralyn Moore at, or call or text her at 303-596-5241. Maralyn will email you any changes to the schedule. 

Sept 22nd, Casual Round Robin at the DAC

Junior squash in CO.

The sad truth is that not enough junior girls are playing squash in CO, and we hope WSW provides a platform to introduce more kids to the game. If you are reading this newsletter and have a daughter who you would like to introduce to the game of squash, sign up for one of the events listed above. 

Congratulations to Grace Dagger (right) for winning the LT Fitness season opener a few weeks ago.

Ania Ladow (left) is training with her coach, Suzie. Ania is one of a few junior girls who is serious about squash in Colorado. See the interview below to learn about all Ania has achieved in a state without any established juniors program. It is really remarkable... 

Ania's Highest Junior Ranking Achieved

Division Ranking  
GU17 73    (just aged up)  
GU15 35  
GU13 23  
GU11 3

1) How old were you when you started playing, and who taught you how to play? I started playing squash when I was 4 years old. My first lessons were with Squash Pro Karen Kelso.

2) When did you start playing competitively in US Squash sanctioned events?  When I was 9 years old I played in my first out of state US Squash junior tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. 

3) How many tournaments do you play in each year, and where are they? I have been playing in 4 to 9 tournaments a year since 2009. I have been to many clubs across the country including clubs in WA, OR, CA, CO, UT, IL, ME, OH, CT, NJ, MA, PA, VA, MI, MO, and FL.

4) How influential have your parents been in helping you become a better player? My parents have always been very supportive in squash. They take me to all practices, lessons, and tournaments. We travel to tournaments as a family. My parents were also my first competitors.

5) Who is your current coach? Squash Pro Suzie Pierrepont

6) What advice would you give to young kids who have just started to play the sport? Have fun and get your friends to play squash too.

7) What would you like to see happen in Colorado to help grow junior squash. It would be great to see middle school and  high school squash teams in Colorado. 


Laura Stuto (Left) and Christine DeRose (Right) have been integral supporters of WSW in CO. We hope these email interviews bring awareness to their achievements in the community.


Chris, you are the former president of the DAC, a club with a profound squash legacy. Congratulations on your new appointment as chair of the squash committee.

1) To your knowledge, is this the first time a woman has been appointed chair of this committee?

Technically, it is the first time! The DAC is a member owned club, and as such, it is run by a committee structure. The first committee I joined was the squash committee during the yr 2000. It peaked my interest to get more and more involved with the club, and eventually I was elected President 2005-2006. It would be great to see our new committee inspire similar passions about squash and the club with some of our younger female members. 

2) I understand this position is relatively new for you, but have you thought about how the committee will address women's squash at the DAC?

Up to now, I do not feel as though there has been much inclusiveness for the women at the DAC and I am going to work hard to see that change. We have some really high quality players and together I think that we can build some better programs for all the women at the DAC. Maybe some ladders, leagues etc..

3) You have gone out of your way to fly in your close friend Narelle Krizek, a legend of the modern game to CO for WSW. Why was it important to you to bring her to this event?

 It goes along with giving the women squash players a voice at the DAC and this is just the beginning. To give women in the entire metro area that kind of exposure is just good for all of us and good for the game. I also think it is important for young women to see that anything in life is possible so live according to what you are passionate about and the rest will follow. Also, it really promotes a greater sense of community. Narelle said to me once that  the victories, while they are important, in no way take the place of being on court and enjoying the game with the people that you care about – that is the real meaning.


1) When did you first participate in WSW and how did you hear about the event?

I heard about the event from my friend Emily Stieff, who lived in NY and played squash there. This was in 2013, when she was a coordinator of Women's Squash Week. 

2) How has the event evolved in CO over the past few years, and what would you like to see happen with it in the future?

The event has slowly grown, with women from other clubs joining the 1 day event here in Denver. The first year was just singles, but we added doubles the next year and got some of the singles players to try a few hits on the doubs courts and they loved it. We also included juniors and Impact360 players last year, about which I was really excited. It is so important to have the younger players on court with all abilities, ages and backgrounds.  

In the future, I would really love to see the event celebrated on multiple days hosted by different clubs, with a friendly tournament style atmosphere. 

3) You have obviously been very instrumental in organizing these events, why do you think it is important to celebrate WSW?

I feel that women's squash, especially here in Denver, is about creating community among the players. Celebrating the week is an event where women get together and play squash all over, not just the United States. It is celebrated in Canada and Europe, and the participants range from Pros and the well seasoned player to beginners. By participating it helps to promote and grow Women's squash.  


The best is saved for last... Sara (Right) will fortunately/unfortunately be in Africa on vacation during WSW but we asked her a few questions to bring awareness to her remarkable squash career. 
1) While you are not running your company Africa Direct, where do you play your squash, and how many national championships have you won?

I have played at the DAC - since I graduated from college - too many years ago to count.  I have won 19 National Championships - singles, age division singles, age division women's and mixed doubles and now century  - not on my own!

2) This years Double's Nationals are here in Denver. Are you excited to play at your home club, and have you played nationals here in Denver before? Who will be your partner?

I am excited to play here - and eager to try the new doubles ball that I understand they are planning to use.  Somewhere between the red and blue.  Yes, I have played in all of the Nationals Doubles held in Denver - most recently I played and won with Alicia a few years ago - excellent partner choice on my part.  Not sure on this year's partner question though... I will be talking to Joyce Davenport, my regular partner over the past 10 years.

3) What years were you playing professionally, and who are some of the women who inspired you?

I played singles professionally from about 1978 to 1993 when I moved to Africa for a year.  My highest ranking was 5th in the US.   I took a few years off and came back and started playing doubles in 2001.  In the early 90's the game was officially changing from hardball to softball - more like tennis on clay than grass - more running and I have to say I prefer shot making. No surprise there!  Never took up squash to out run anyone.  I was most inspired by Billie Jean King - thought not a squash player - I saw her play tennis here in Denver when the Slims tour was getting started.  Great athlete, woman, fighter, feminist, role model - still is today.


Thank you to Ania, Chris, Laura, Maralyn, and Sara for putting yourself on stage to benefit WSW2016. Show your appreciation and SIGN UP!!!

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