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January 2012:
Time up for Tania
England's Tania Bailey, the former British, European and World junior champion and world number four who played 107 WISPA events, winning six titles, one National title and led the English national team to many international triumphs, has decided to call time on her playing career after a stop-start couple of injury-troubled years.

She started playing at the age of nine and has been full-time for 13 years.

In her own words ...


I just wanted to let you know that I am not going to be playing the WSA circuit anymore, my motivation is as strong as ever but my body will not allow me to train and compete at the level I want to anymore.

The last few years have been extremely tough, I have given it everything I could to try and get back to playing well but I know what it takes to get to the top of the rankings and deep down I know I just cannot do it anymore. Having had three surgeries on my knee and one on my hip and suffering recurring problems I think it is time to move on. I donít think this will come as a great shock but I want to let all the people know who have helped me so much over the years.

I want to say thank you to my Mum and Dad, I am so grateful for all the encouragement and support they have given me and for always being there for me, I couldnít have done any of it without them and also a big thank you to Neil, to my brother Mark and sister in law Joanne for their amazing support too and for being there through the good and the bad.

Thank you to all the people that have contributed to my squash career and helped me along the way, thanks to England squash who have supported me since I first went professional and all the coaches I have worked with over the years, especially to Paul Carter for his never ending belief in me, and thanks to the numerous physiotherapists and support staff who I have worked with. There are too many people to mention individually.

Thanks to WISPA/WSA for all their hard work over the years and to all the tournament organisers and all the billets I have stayed with.

I have got so many amazing memories and had a lot of unforgettable experiences. And I have made so many friends along the way, I would like to name them all but I don't want to leave anyone out! I hope you know who you are though.

I have had a great time and I would recommend being a full time squash player to anyone!

It has been an absolute privilege to able to play full time squash, I will miss the tournaments, the travelling, my friends, playing for England and I will even miss the training!

But I believe I have a lot to look forward to now.

I have already been coaching over the last year or so, I have been coaching at Hunts County squash club and I have worked on a few regional junior squads, I hope to continue this and do more, I am excited about having new challenges and looking forward to whatever comes along.

Tania Bailey

Tania leads England to Euro and World Team Championship titles



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