History

The sport of Squash originally developed as a variant of Rackets, hence its original title of 'Squash Rackets'. Rackets was first record at the beginning of the 19 th century, starting in Fleet prison London and progressing by some strange route to Harrow and other selected English schools about 1820. Squash is believed to have started at Harrow School around 1830 , when some boys became tired of waiting for their chance to use the rackets court and played impromptu games in a much smaller confined area nearby. It soon became obvious that a ball with much less bounce was needed in this tighter space, and so one that could be readily squashed was used. The successful spread of the game throughout the world was greatly helped by the British military forces, which built squash courts at most of their bases, both at home and overseas. Many of today's stars come from parts of the old Empire.

In its early days international squash was controlled by the Squash Rackets Association of England and the United States Squash Rackets Association, while in 1968, the International Squash Rackets Federation (ISRF) was formed. The ISRF continued to thrive and was amalgamated with the Women's International Squash Federation in 1985. In 1992, the name of the Federation was changed to the World Squash Federation (WSF), finally recognizing that the sport had been universally referred to simply as 'Squash', rather than 'Squash Rackets', for most of its existence. The World Squash Federation now had 112 National Squash Associations in its membership.

During its 100-plys years of existence, squash has produced many memorable characters and performances, for example, Heather McKay was undefeated throughout her playing career from 1966 to 1977 whilst Susan Devoy won the Women's British Open eight times between 1984 and 1992. The feast of Jonah Barrington of Ireland, Geoff Hunt of Australia and Jahangir Khan of Pakistan from the late 1960s well into the late 1980s are now a thing of legend. Of course, we cannot forget another world number 1 Jansher Khan of Pakistan who has dominated world squash since the late eighties. Currently, Peter Nicol of England , Jonathon Power of Canada , David Palmer of Australia , Leilini Joyce & Carol Owens of New Zealand and Sarah Fitzgerald of Australia are the leading energetic players on the top of the world.

History of Squash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong was introduced to squash by the armed services in the early 20 th Century. The first squash court was built on the site of the present Hong Kong Squash Centre in the Army grounds of Victoria Barracks as it was then, but Hong Kong Park as it is now. It is also where Hong Kong Squash is located. Hong Kong Squash Rackets Association (HKSRA) was founded in 1961. An office was set up in 1979 with a full time paid staff. The office had now increased to 9 staff including the coaching & development team operates out of the Cornwall St. Park Squash & Table Tennis Centre in Kowloon .

Squash over the past 40 years in Hong Kong has grown enormously in popularity and has proven a most suitable sport for the local Chinese players not only in competition but also as a recreation. To place direct emphasize on 'squash', the Association officially on the 1 st June 1996 became Hong Kong Squash (HK Squash).