WISPA Promotional Tour
treks from Pole to Pole ...
After visiting the northern-most squash court in the world last year
as part of the WISPA Promotional Tour to Norway and Estonia, the
2007 tour takes in the most southern court when the ninth annual
expedition organised by the Women's International Squash Players'
Association visits Argentina, Chile and Uruguay from 30 May to 10
Leading the latest initiative in WISPA’s continuing drive to promote
women's squash around the world will be Malaysia's reigning world
champion Nicol David, Australia's former world number one
Rachael Grinham, and Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the record
five-times world champion, also from Australia.
Three world number ones are freely giving their time to spearhead
the visit which is planned to help the squash communities in the
South American countries and hosted by the national federations.
The trip kicks off in Buenos Aires with media conferences,
exhibitions and matches with local players, centred on the
Olimpia Cancilleria club.
From there it will be down to the southern-most tip of the continent
to the Argentinean town of Ushuaia, close to Cape Horn on
Tierra Del Fuego, where the southern squash outpost at Las Hayas
The group then travel to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo.
Exhibitions will take place on june 5th at Club Carrasco
(which is not Carrasco Lawn Tennis, though both Clubs are located on
the same street "Avda. Arocena" and just a few blocks away from each
other). Indeed, Club Carrasco is the major squash center in
Montevideo. On june 6th the exhibitions will take place in Old
Boys & Old Girls Club.
Finally, the WISPA team travel across the Andes to Santiago
for the final leg of the visit, where more media and players will be
waiting at Go-Fitness and Estadio Israelita clubs.
The WISPA Promotional Tour concept was launched in 1999 with a visit
to the Czech Republic. Successive years featured trips to Jamaica,
El Salvador, Peru, Kenya, Thailand, Brunei, Sarawak, Russia, China,
Nepal, Jordan, Turkey and, last year, to Estonia and Norway.
is the ninth annual WISPA Promotional Tour, all of which have helped
the professional players play a small role on helping younger and
smaller squash nations.
"Not only to have the opportunity to see top players, but most
importantly to use their presence to stimulate coverage for squash
on television, radio and in newspapers in their country."
WISPA Chief Executive