Hong Kong 2014
The Army Squash tour to Hong Kong this year was an outstanding success. Thanks must go to Maj Yvette Kennedy as tour manager for putting together a competitive and full tour in under three months. The Army squad included 3 Men, 3 Ladies, 2 U25s and 3 Vets. An excellent team with strength throughout ensured that we would be competitive against our multiple opponents in a country where Squash excels.
The tour was ten days long with matches planned every day but one and training each morning where fixtures allowed. Coaching and training was led by Maj Rich Green and supported by Capt Elaine Radcliffe in her role as Physio. The tour was physically demanding but allowed the entire squad to develop and improve prior to the upcoming season. The opportunity to go up against world ranked players and the developing Indonesian national team was fantastic and will certainly have taught a number of lessons.
Our thanks must go to all those that made the tour possible; the Army Sports Lottery for providing essential funding, Commanding Officers for releasing the players and as always the constant support of Col Peter Sharland and Wendy Tapp at ASRA. We must also thank our in country sponsors who helped organise and run our fixtures; Steve Gollop and Chris Clark for all their supporting activity, the Hong Kong Football Club for the very kind use of all their facilities and all the clubs (Hong Kong Cricket Club, Kowloon Cricket Club, United Services Recreation Club and the American Club) for putting out competitive teams and their truly exceptional post match hosting.