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"I reached number one in the February rankings, and now it is time to step aside
from the rigours of the PSA tour and contribute to squash in other ways
.
The Tournament of Champions in New York is where I won my first tournament. 
It is where I wanted to retire."   Jonathon Power
 

03-Mar-06:
POWER RETIRES
AT THE TOP ...



Out of Bermuda ...
  and the Super Series Finals


Power goes out on top
Interview in the Globe & Mail


Power tells CBC :
"Well, I think this is sort of the end of
it for me on the competitive scene."

"Retiring has been a very difficult decision for me, but I recognize that with my health being strong, I can use this next phase of my life as an active ambassador and catalyst for the growth of squash.

"There are plans for an increase in exhibitions, club outreaches, educational sessions, clinics and a farewell tour to give more back to the fans that have been so great to me around the world."


Power portrait by Framboise
October 2005

Just two days after regaining the world number one position, Canada's Jonathon Power, one of the most mercurial talents ever to grace a squash court and often referred to as 'The Magician', has announced his retirement from the professional tour ...

NEW YORK, March 3, 2006 – At the Bear Stearns Tournament of Champions, current world #1 Jonathon Power has announced his retirement from the professional squash tour, and that he will assume the role of president of SquashPower LLC, an integrated squash marketing and development company dedicated to growing the sport.

A legend in his sport, Power started playing squash at the age of 7 on the Canadian military base where his father was director of athletics. Since turning pro at age 16, he has won 32 Professional Squash Association Tour titles. Jonathon is the most successful North American player ever.

"Jonathon's decision to retire from the PSA circuit signifies the end of an era in the professional game. Whilst his form has been understandably patchy in this last period due to ongoing injury issues, his mercurial talent was still sufficient to elevate him again to the pinnacle number one position in the world which he regained again this March.

"Jonathon has been the iconic figure of his time and his much publicised and acknowledged brand of showmanship and extraordinary racket skills have carved him out a special place in the hearts of fans, not just in squash but throughout sport in general.

"He has played consistently over many years, sustaining a punishing schedule of travel to all corners of the world as he plied his trade and spread the message of our sport to all. A professional squash player's span is limited and it can be said that Jonathon has maximised his potential and time on the circuit to the greatest effect.

"The PSA has been honoured to include as one of its hallmark members over this lengthy period Jonathon Power, and we all wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."


PSA Chief Executive
"We've been so lucky to have Jonathon compete at the national and international levels. 'We look forward to working with him in the the future and we are excited he'll maintain an active presence in the sport.''

Executive Director, Squash Canada
“Jonathon has been the marketing force behind our brand and the building of squash around the world. We look forward to continued involvement well into the future with his new endeavour.”


Director of Marketing for Dunlop Sports

SquashPower Growth
“Working with the SquashPower management team, we have spent the last six months analyzing market opportunities, the needs of the squash community and our role as a catalyst for integration and expansion of the sport, said Segun Maku, CEO of Squash Power. “The addition of Jonathon is timely and will certainly add to our growth in the marketplace.

About SquashPower
Founded in November, 2005, SquashPower, LLC, is an integrated squash marketing and development company headed by the current world # 1 squash professional, Jonathon Power. SquashPower is dedicated to ensuring the growth in youth and adult squash by focusing on education, competitive growth and player empowerment. For additional information please visit www.squashpower.com
   


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