Former squash world champion in action at Coastal Open 2019
Three days of top squash
12 November 2019 | Sports
The WB Hardware Coastal Open is taking place 15, 16 and 17 November 2019 at the SFC Squash Courts in Swakopmund.
Namibia has been on Sarah Fitz-Gerald’s bucket list and she confirmed her excitement to visit and explore the natural marvels of Namibia announced SFC Squash Club the host of the upcoming competition.
The chairman of the club and the Namibian Squash Association, Rudi Koekemoer, said that it is a huge honour to welcome a legend of the game to Swakopmund.
“Her mere presence in Namibia will inspire our youngsters and the squash fraternity at large. We are really grateful to all the sponsors for making this possible.”
Sarah who is the current Vice-President of the World Squash Federation (WSF) and her husband, Cameron, entered the Coastal Open on invitation from the SFC Squash Club.
Both lives in Australia and will compete in perhaps the strongest men’s squash draw in the history of the tournament.
Leading squash players that entered the tournament include Kyle Kriel, Max Endjala, Devon Savage, Brandon Grane, Sven Gruttemeyer, Henry Smit, Andrew Fourie, Immanuel Amarongo, Arno Diekmann, Angelo Titus, Steven Berry, Wynand Labuschagne, Wilco Aschenborn, Nelson Herunga, Joshua Wood, Dylan Spencer, Dirk van Niekerk, Arno Kok, Leslie Bosman, Hein Bam, Ferdie Malherbe, Stocky van Horsten, Christof Knoetze and Christopher Hill.
Leading ladies competitors include Judy Savage, Delia van Zyl, Dené van Zyl, Charne Fourie, Christiane Beulker, Carla Venter, Tessa Rossouw, Sumari Jans, Kirsten Wolhuter and Hendrina Louw.
Sarah won the World Junior Championship title in 1987 and went on to compete in ninety finals and won sixty-two titles on the Wormen’s World Tour.
She won her fifth World Open title in November 2002 and the Gold Medal at the Commonwealth games during the same year. Sarah topped the world rankings for a total of fourty months from 1996 to 2003 and was unbeaten for seventy one matches since 2001.
She retired from the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) Tour in 2003 and was inducted in the WSF Hall of Fame in 2004.
Sarah has since then participated on the World Masters Squash circuit and holds four World Masters titles. She is president of the WISPA for the past decade and was elected as Vice President of the WSF in November 2016.
The Coastal Open 2019 will also serve as platform to select the top eight squash players in Namibia to compete at the Coach Sean Invitational scheduled for the end of November 2019 at the Wanderers Squash Club in Windhoek.
This tournament together with the Namibian Open scheduled for April 2020 will set the stage for selecting the best possible Namibian team to participate in international tournaments.
The public is invited to come and support the squash players and to experience the festivities planned for this coming weekend. Games will also be streamed live to the SFC Squash Club’s Facebook Page.