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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Post College Sport: Join an athletic board (and here’s why)

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

By Sarah Odell Just a few months ago, it was hard to think of a time when I wouldn’t be going to school -- and wouldn’t have a two-hour practice built into my day. But that time has come. I’ve graduated from college, landed my dream job at Harper Collins publishers ...

Talking Doubles Squash with the Tippetts! (Mind-reading, sister competition, and sharing whites)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1297" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="The Tippett Sisters: Narelle and Natarsha"][/caption] By Sarah Odell This weekend, the Under 25 Doubles Championship takes place in Greenwich, Connecticut. Just yesterday I learned that there may not be enough women to make a draw. I have seen first hand the trend that US Squash is worried ...

Is that SQUASH in Grand Central? Yep (just part of ‘squash week’ in NYC)

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_988" align="aligncenter" width="346" caption="Tournament of Champions in Grand Central this week"][/caption] By Sarah Odell Anyone striding through Grand Central Terminal this week could be excused for looking up from their Blackberries and iPhones and thinking they had accidentally zig-zagged west to Madison Square Garden (OK, not really, but…) It’s not everyday that ...

Battle of the sexies: Can goofy (but funny) TV score one for women?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

By Lauren Taylor It's become standard: we listen and watch as men objectify women -- and women play into it. We've got Serena naked on the cover of ESPN magazine, women pro squash players selling swimsuit calendars (and speaking of swimsuits, the SI annual issue is out next month). But for at ...

Top pro squash player on match prep, the fallacy of burnout — and why a bikini calendar

Monday, January 4th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_889" align="aligncenter" width="830" caption="Grainger bests Alison Waters in the finals of the Burning River Classic in Cleveland, Feb. 2009"][/caption] By Sarah Odell What happens when you cross a genetic pre-disposition with an environment crafted for squash excellence? Answer: Natalie Grainger, one of the top women's squash players in the world (she’s ...