PSA Chairman Ziad Al-Turki (Pavo Sr.) and fellow
Director Richard Bramall (Pavo Gringo) have entered
this years Gumball 3000, together with Ziad's brother Fahad
(Pavo Jr.) and cousin Rami (Pavmeister), as Team Pavo.
The Event this year takes the occupants and their choice of
cars - in this case Pavomobiles - along a route
between various cities with an overnight stop at each
Pavomobile 1 and 2, the beast and the beauty Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG & Ferrari 612
The route takes them from London to Amsterdam
then onto Copenhagen and Stockholm. The boys
and their cars together with up to 100 other cars are then
loaded onto planes for a trip over the Atlantic to Boston
where the Rally resumes with a stop over in Boston,
Quebec , Toronto and finally finishing in Times
Square in New York on the 7th May.
BBC doesn't cover squash very much these days, especially as
it prefers to concentrate on sports in the Olympics, but a
welcome squash addition was this video interview with
Zephanie Curgenven, on the subject of how professional
sports persons cope without funding ...
Last night's (04 Mar) Question Time on the BBC
(where a panel of mainly politicians are asked questions on
current topics by the audience) had a familiar look to it.
That's because it took place at Canary Wharf's East
Wintergarden, where the ISS Canary Wharf Classic
is set to bring the world's best squash players to London
from 22 to 26 March.
The panel were sitting exactly where the front wall of the
all-glass court will be, but in a few weeks' time the
questions are going to be asked by the players themselves
A new star is born ...
bloodlines mean anything in sport, a potential future squash
world champion has been born.
Baby Ricketts, daughter of New Zealand squash coach
Anthony Rickets and women's world number 17
Shelley Kitchen arrived in the world at 5:39pm on
Saturday, February 13th.
Anthony Ricketts, the former world number three, says mother
and baby are doing well. He says the only thing remaining is
to decide a name for his new daughter.
There is no word yet on what sporting colours the new
arrival will wear once she grows up, with dad having
represented Australia and mum New Zealand. Ricketts says no
doubt that question will come up soon enough, with both sets
of grand parents currently visiting their new grand
Congrats to Neil Henson and Tania Bailey, married on 19th
Australia's Donna Urquhart has had a pretty successful
month, reaching the quarter-finals of the British Open and
the main draw of the World Open ... and she still found time for
some photo shoots that appeared in the Sunday Mail
and Sunday Herald Sun ...
Hair-Raiser ... Jack Herrick, Chairman of the PSA Board for 14 years
until 2008, was spotted at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway this month.
Known as a fervent motor sports enthusiast [he's been to
Indianapolis every year since forever, and even has a cat
named Cosworth] with friends in high circles in the US motor
racing scene, Jack was driven around the famed 2½ mile track
by veteran French driver Stephan Gregoire.
According to Gregoire, who drove in seven Indianapolis 500s
and at the 24 hours of Le Mans last month, the test was
conducted at about 180 miles per hour.
“I loved every moment of it,” said Jack. “Since Stephan does
not back off in the turns, it's exhilarating to pull about
2G in the turns at that speed. But, no, I’m not planning to
launch a motor racing career!”
World Top Sixteen,
Thanks to Scott Smith
(son of Kelvin, for your first clue) for this photo, probably taken at the Swiss
Masters Tournament, of the world's top sixteen.
See how many of them you can recognise before hovering over
the box below to reveal the answers ...
Jahan, Gawain Briars, Greg Pollard, Qamar Zaman,
Stuart Davenport, Phil Kenyon, Magdi Saad, Jahangir
Khan, Glenn Brumby, Chris Dittmar, Ross Norman,
Chris Robertson, Ross Thorne, Tristan Nancarrow,
Kelvin Smith, Geoff Williams.
Petros takes the Cigar
One of the biggest lifestyle magazines in Greece is Cigar
Magazine, and its owner and editor Mr Alexandros
Karydakis the owner and editor is a keen squash player.
So, naturally enough, the just issued April edition has a
big squash feature - a big interview with former Greek
national champion and world #110 Petros Tzamaloukas,
with pictures taken by top Greek photographer Takis
We only have the Greek version, but Petros assures us that,
among other things in the interview, he stressed the need
for squash to be included in Olympic programme and about the
benefits of it.
am sure this big publicity magazine will help squash grow in
Greece and more people come and play with more events
because of it.
"The Greek team is ready for next week's Europeans in Malmo
and for the first time we will be taking both men's and
women's teams, which is a big step for us.
"As for me, it will be my 15th Europeans as I play with the
Greek team since the 1994 Europeans in Rotterdam ! Big
Burn off that Curry
With all the publicity about the UK's obesity problem, Men's
Health Magazine has weighed in with "101 ways to burn off a
Playing squash - of course - comes high up the list, taking
just 56 minutes, even if the normal sequence of events is
to have the curry after your team game.
If you fancy that curry, here's what you have to do:
51m running on a
56m playing squash
68m playing football
68m playing rugby
68m cycling at 15mph
68m martial arts
75m cross-country run
etc etc etc
activities will take a lot longer to see off
that Chicken Tikka
225m walking the dog
339m brushing your
453m on the phone
697m watching TV
but we're pretty sure we've
found one typo in the list ....