WSF & PSA Reveal The SquashFORWARD Line-Up
On Eve Of Olympic Day
Eight young players selected internationally to take the
pulse of their generation
The World Squash Federation (WSF) and the
Professional Squash Association (PSA) today announced the line-up of
their joint initiative SquashFORWARD.
The programme brings together eight top young squash
players (four young women and four young men), all under 23 years old,
with the aim to further actively engage with the next generations and
shape the future of squash as a vibrant and healthy sport. Quite
symbolically, the announcement comes on the eve of the Olympic Day,
envisioned to encourage young people to move, learn and discover new
The SquashFORWARD members selected from across the world
each bring her or his own perspective on the future of their sport. They
will become the ambassadors of thousands of young players
internationally and will aim to capture the aspirations of their
generation. Nour El Sherbini from Egypt (WR #1) and Diego
Elias from Peru (WR #11) will co-chair the group.
The development follows on the announcement made by WSF
president Jacques Fontaine in April 2018 in Bangkok during the
Victor CROUIN (France, 18 y.o)
Diego ELIAS (Peru, 21 y.o)
Nour EL SHERBINI (Egypt, 22 y.o)
Eain Yow NG (Malaysia, 20 y.o)
Marina STEFANONI (United States, 15 y.o)
Dimitri STEINMANN (Switzerland, 20 y.o)
Nadia USENKO (Ukraine, 18 y.o)
Satomi WATANABE (Japan, 19 y.o)
The group will meet regularly over the next few months
to share their vision of the sport and discuss how to make the game even
more innovative, inclusive and sustainable than it is today.
SquashFORWARD will kick off its activity at the Dutch
Junior Open, which will be held in Amsterdam from 12-15 July.
Members of the initiative will host a focus group with junior players
from all over the world and gather their ideas focusing on four major
topics: innovation, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility.
SquashFORWARD will analyse the ideas in the weeks that will follow the
tournament and turn them into a set of practical recommendations.
It is envisioned that SquashFORWARD will share their
findings and forward-looking recommendations during the Buenos Aires
Youth Olympic Games in October where squash will be present as a
Nour El Sherbini, WR #1 and
SquashFORWARD co-chair, said: "Being on top of the World Rankings is a
huge responsibility and I feel that I have to give back what I've
learnt, to give back for the future of the sport which means so much to
my life and the lives of so many young people around the world. Through
the SquashFORWARD initiative, I'm sure we can capture a dialogue between
continents and generations and shape how squash should develop in the
WSF President Jacques Fontaine
said: "SquashFORWARD is an initiative truly driven by the youngest stars
of squash, many of whom dream one day to become Olympic champions. I'm
sure this programme will create new thought leaders and help our sport
remain at the forefront of what young people seek today from a sport
that matches their lifestyles and aspirations."
PSA CEO Alex Gough added:
"One of the core missions of squash is to provide access to sport to
young people all around the world. In dialogue with young players on the
SquashFORWARD group we can ensure that we do it in the best possible
in their own words
Victor CROUIN (France, 18 y.o)
"I am Victor Crouin, French squash player and
Harvard College student. I am a 7 times junior national champion, 2
times European junior champion and World junior runner-up.
I have been playing squash for a very long time now and
squash has given so much meaning to my life that I want to give back to
the sport what it has brought to me.
Being part of this great community that is SquashFORWARD,
I hope we will develop our sport in the right direction in order to
achieve our biggest dream: to become an Olympic sport."
Diego ELIAS (Peru, 21 y.o) -
"Hola!! I'm Diego Elias from Peru. I have been a
professional squash player for 5 years, which have been by far the best
years of my life. I love travelling the world and meeting people
The squash community is so welcoming and friendly that I
never really feel lonely when I am away from home.
Squash is not only a great sport to be fit, but it's the
people involved in it all over the world that really make it the BEST
Nour EL SHERBINI (Egypt, 22
y.o) - Co-chair
"Hi, I'm Nour. I am 22 years old and I have been playing
squash my whole life. When I was 13 years old, I became the youngest
Junior World Champion and that was when I discovered that my dreams of
becoming a professional player could come true.
At 22, I have already been a World Champion and have
been ranked world #1 for more than 20 consecutive months in the
professional Tour. I love squash, playing for Egypt and I am very happy
to be actively involved in promoting my sport all over the world!!"
Eain Yow NG (Malaysia, 20 y.o)
"My name is Eain Yow Ng and I've been playing
squash for the last 14 years.
I have represented my country Malaysia competing in
various tournaments across the globe.
I enjoy competing with players from different countries
and I hope that our sport will continue to grow in the future and have
players from every country in the world."
Marina STEFANONI (United
States, 15 y.o)
"I'm Marina Stefanoni and I love squash and enjoy
waking up and competing every day.
I became the youngest winner of the
US GU19 national title in 2016 and defended it ever since. Over the
I won many International Junior Opens and I have now begun to
play PSA tournaments.
This summer in Chennai, India, I will be representing
the United States in my third World Junior Squash Championships."
(Switzerland, 20 y.o)
"Hello everyone, my name is Dimitri and I'm 20 years
old. Two years ago I decided to go full-time as a squash pro. As a kid,
I always dreamed to be able to participate in the Olympic Games as both
of my parents are former Olympians.
Squash would certainly bring a lot of additional action
and excitement into the Olympic Games. For all of us it would be the
highest honour to represent our country at the biggest sport event in
the entire world, which at the bottom line, is what the Olympic Games
are all about."
Nadiia USENKO (Ukraine, 18
"I am Nadiia Usenko, Ukrainian squash player and
Trinity College student.
I like studying languages and write stories in fantasy
I am a winner of French, German, Scottish, Welsh,
Belgium, Nordic, Swiss, Czech, Italian, Danish, Polish and Austrian
Junior Opens - among others!
I am also 6 times National Champion, 1st racket and the
captain of the National Ukrainian squash team."
Satomi WATANABE (Japan, 19
"My name is Satomi Watanabe and I am from Japan.
I have been playing squash for 10 years and I'm 4 times national junior
champion, last year's national champion, runner-up for the 2018 British
Junior Open and the first Japanese player to be in PSA World Series's
Squash gave me so much good experience, opportunities,
friends, and more. I hope that many more people get