World Squash Library Launches Women's World Championship Package
22nd May 2020
The World Squash Library today launches its second compendium of the sport's World Championships, this time covering all the Women's World Opens from the maiden event in Brisbane, Australia, in 1976.
The production features the dates, venue and results for each event over the five decades, including winner photos and programme cover scans.
There are also champions posters featuring all the winners in both digital and print form (see below). They are free to download by Federations, events, clubs and enthusiasts at www.squashlibrary.info/womens-world-squash-championships
Australia's formidable Heather McKay swept through the field in 1976 to win the inaugural world title without dropping a game - indeed, only conceding 16 points in five matches!
Oceania players dominated from then until 2003 with Kiwi Susan Devoy winning four - and Sarah Fitz-Gerald, with five, leading a group of Australian winners, including Michelle Martin, who claimed three titles.
Next to dominate was Malaysian Nicol David with a record eight titles in ten years before the arrival of the Egyptians, including current holder Nour El Sherbini having four wins.
The World Squash Library, established last October by former World Squash Federation CEO Andrew Shelley as a free service to provide information and answer queries, and preserve books, handbooks, magazines, programmes, documents and images for future generations. Donations to support the Library can be made on the Library website www.squashlibrary.info
Comprehensive digital and searchable records of all the Women's World Championships are now also available to SquashInfo subscribers at www.squashinfo.com/history/983/womens/world-championship
World Squash Library Launches First World Championship Compendium
23rd April 2020
The World Squash Library is launching its first compendium of the sport's World Championships today, covering all the Men's World Opens from the inaugural event in 1976.
The 'one-stop' production features the dates, venue and results for each event over the five decades, including champion photos and programme cover scans.
There are also champions posters featuring all the winners, in both digital and print form. They are free to download by Federations, events, clubs and enthusiasts at www.squashlibrary.info/mens-world-squash-championships
The World Squash Library, established last October by former World Squash Federation CEO Andrew Shelley, donating his time and experience to archive and preserve the history of squash for future generations, as well as providing an information resource.
"The Men's Open compilation is the first of a series which will ultimately comprise the Women's Open and both World Junior Individual events, followed by the senior and junior world team championships too," said Shelley.
"Working with the incomparable www.squashinfo.com platform to complete the results, the Library archive materials have enabled the site to make available a comprehensive and uniquely searchable digital archive of all the results to date. Bringing these together with the other elements in one place are all part of the Library ethos."
Most recently the Library has published a feature detailing the evolution of courts, rules, filming, etc, that have taken forward event presentation along with spectator and broadcast enhancements. This follows others already on the Library website www.squashlibrary.info/features
The Library also has a YouTube Channel where Olympic bid videos, the first dating back to 1987, can be viewed.
For the future, the Library also intends to digitalise key information too, as and when financial support is found.
For more details on the World Squash Library, please visit www.squashlibrary.info
New Features Added
14th February 2020
In recent weeks the Library has added a number of interesting topics in the Features section of the World Squash Library.
• A list of ‘principal’ worldwide squash clubs from 1938
• A chart detailing the 21st century World Championship winners
• The Racketball / Squash 57 story
• British Open, when it was a ‘challenge’
• The largest club in 1936 (with 15 courts)
• The background to the abolishment of amateur status
• The Rules of Squash 1930
• A squash article from Boys Own Paper back in 1894
• The scoresheet from the longest recorded match
They can all be seen at https://www.squashlibrary.info/features
Next to come will be comprehensive World Championship results.
Other ideas and suggestions welcomed.
Shelley Launches Unique Squash Library
24 October 2019
While Squash looks forward, with new generations enjoying this great sport and new champions crowned on the latest club and showcourts, the sport also has a long and rich heritage.
Being passionate about preserving this extensive history, Andrew Shelley is launching the World Squash Library (WSL) as an independent 'not-for-profit' initiative to ensure that books, magazines, championship programmes, results, images and other information can be brought together in one place to respond to enquiries from current players, media, Federations, students - simply anyone wanting information on the long or near past.
"I believe that our history must not only be easily accessible now, but safeguarded for future generations," said Shelley, who recently concluded his term as CEO of the World Squash Federation.
"There are approaching 4,000 items catalogued now, stretching back to 1890, and although there are gaps to be filled, a great many of the handbooks and magazines along with many World Championship and other major event programmes are in place so that questions can be answered and researches mounted," Shelley added.
Initial WSL information is at www.squashlibrary.info with future projects for the Library including digitalisation of key materials, regular social media sidelights, articles and posters that Federations can use, looking back at advertising, court development and other facets of our sport. Spotlights and features will be added to the site regularly.
For those with questions, keen to offer appropriate historical materials to WSL, or even keen to support the running costs, Andrew Shelley can be contacted at email@example.com
"WSL can never be complete, but over the coming years we will be getting as close as possible!" Shelley concluded