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Beginners Squash!

Open to Students and Intermediates

beginners squash

There will be an introductory squash session next Wednesday the 24th October at 2pm for all students and intermediates that have started playing the game and would like advice on rules and basic tactics and scoring.

This will be held by David Gotto, who holds the record for the most internationally capped player in the World. The squash courts have been a lot busier than usual in the last couple of weeks and Windsor would like to encourage all Students and Intermediates to come to this session to learn more about how to get onto teams and the prospect of an Internal Student Squash League.

Profile on David Gotto (who perhaps merits a webpage of his own!)

“David achieved the (perhaps unique) feat of gaining international recognition barely 5 years after taking up squash at the age of 22.

Since then, an outstanding career has included 155 international caps of which  122 were at senior level (then a world record) and no fewer than 255 caps for Ulster. The 1976-77 season saw him unbeaten in the Home Internationals as well as against European opposition, and he became one of only 3 Irish players ever to record an international win against an Englishman. Among his 41 tournament successes, so far, are 4 Irish National Championships as well as titles in all 4 Irish Provinces. He has played at number 1 for Ulster and Ireland on 129 occasions and has captained both province and country over a period of 22 years. In 1978 he gained the distinction of being asked to lead a European team in what was to prove a most successful tour of the USA and Canada. This last honour recognised those qualities of leadership, enthusiasm and fair-mindedness which have typified his career, and have served his club, province and country so well over a lengthy period.

Since becoming a Veteran (over 45 ) in 1994, David has represented Ulster and Ireland at number 1 on 84 separate occasions, winning all but 10 of these matches. He is still competing at Irish level in the over age events and has represented his club, Windsor over 700 times in the league and at interclub events .

Although intensely competitive on court, David has been a fine ambassador for Irish squash and for the game in general. In fact, one of his most cherished rewards was a vote naming him “Most Sporting Competitor” at a World Championship. Many of the younger players have benefited not only from his example but also from his advice and readily given practical help. In addition, over the years he has served on various panels dedicated to the improvement of squash in Ireland, and has devoted much time and effort to promoting the game in the country.”