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Prize money problem in squash: Women’s purses still petite

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Tennis may have long ago recognized that unequal prize money sends a troubling message (and is just wrong), but that other racquet sport -- squash -- persists in offering different purses based on sex. Check out this new post from Squash Site Carte Blanche and, just for comparison, take a tour through ...

Now for the good news: Growth and hope for women’s squash

Monday, March 26th, 2012

By Sarah Odell It’s only March, but I’m feeling that 2012 will be a good year for women’s squash. I’ve posted plenty about the many challenges we face, but things are looking up. Here’s what I see: PEOPLE RECOGNIZE HOW GOOD THE WOMEN ARE: Suzie Pierrepont and Narelle Krizek played in the ...

Would barring non-US citizens from US National Doubles Tourney kill the women’s game? (I’m worried)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

By Sarah Odell What does it mean to be the best? I pondered this recently while studying the lacquered hardwood board at the Greenwich Country Club listing past winners of the North American Open Doubles Tournament. How many winners – spanning more than 50 years – were American? Most. It wasn’t until ...

Playing against boys: Nour Bahgat is first female on Pro Squash Tour

Friday, October 7th, 2011

  [caption id="attachment_2593" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Nour Bahgat is first female on the Pro Squash Tour"][/caption] By Sarah Odell Egyptian squash player Nour Bahgat is doing what women at the top of their game do: Challenge the guys. Bahgat, who won the 2009 Women’s Collegiate National Championship her freshman year, recently became the first female ...

Why NCAA nix is such trouble for women’s squash

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

By Sarah Odell When the NCAA decided late in 2010 to cut squash from the emerging sport list, most people didn’t notice the decision, let alone realize the profound impact on the sport moving forward. But this decision is like hitting the serve out at nine-all in the fifth. Some background: 14 ...

No boast: Women’s squash in trouble

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

  By Sarah Odell Women’s squash is at a crossroads. I have written in this blog about huge strides that we have made with women’s doubles in the last year, but the women’s game as a whole -- singles and doubles, professionals and amateurs -- is in crisis. Women are being denied ...

Turner Cup amps it up: Women’s Doubles Squash is here!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2000" align="alignnone" width="523" caption="Steph Edmison & Alicia McConnell (Black) play Suzie Pierrepont & Narelle Krizak (yellow) in the Turner Cup Tournament last weekend in NYC"][/caption] By Sarah Odell I’m not ready to declare this next decade the Era of Women’s Doubles Squash (not yet, at least), but this past weekend was ...

Missing college sports? Get coaches, team, and competition (community will follow)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

By Sarah Odell What keeps so many women from playing post-collegiate competitive sports? In squash, it’s a challenge to get young women to travel to Baltimore or Philadelphia or Boston for a tournament. Getting them to commit to a once a week practice? Finding a woman to play with at the club? ...

Ad’s a fake, but let’s get real about butts. Strong is big (and beautiful).

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

By Sarah Odell I was an odd mix of girly girl and tomboy growing up. I only wore dresses that twirled, and a perfect Friday afternoon left me covered in dirt, running around a field hockey pitch in cleats and shin guards. There were no showers near the fields, so my ...

The female athlete’s edge: Training gives “aimless” 20’s purpose

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

By Sarah Odell How appropriate that I happened to be at my parent’s when Sunday’s New York Times Magazine asked on its cover “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” Oh great, I thought to myself, yet another article about why my generation hasn’t lived up to expectations. I picked up the magazine ...