On the evening of Wed 8 March the Army Squash Community took a break in play to attend the Army Squash Annual Dinner and Awards evening in Garretts Clubhouse, Aldershot. With over 50 players, VIP guests and Committee members present it was a fantastic social occasion that saw the Army Squash family formally celebrate the return to court following the lifting of COVID restrictions, to present awards to the most deserving and to formally thank two stalwarts of Army Squash for their dedicated service prior to their retiring from the Army.
The coveted Leakey Trophy (presented annually to an individual who has made the most significant contribution to Army Squash, either on or off the court) was presented by Maj Gen Shaun Burley CB MBE to Maj Joe Rawsthorne who was also presented an Army Squash decanter as a leaving gift as a measure of thanks for his service as Army Squash Reserves Secretary and OIC of the annual Northern Squash tour to Newcastle.
The Most Improved Player award was presented to 2Lt Arthur May by Tim Gibson (VP Defence and National Security-Fujitsu), the Young Player of the Year awards were announced and presented by Mr Huw Moores of the MPCT who make a generous donation to the improvement and encouragement of young Army players. Gnr Omari Wilson was placed runner up but was not in attendance and the Young Player of the Year for 2022 was awarded to Sig Oliver Coleman.
2Lt Arthur May was awarded his Army Squash Colours by Mark Williams, CEO of England Squash. (Awarded to any player who has been selected to represent the Army in either the UKAF Individual Championships or the UKAF Inter-Service Championships).
In addition an Army Squash decanter was presented by Army Squash Chairman, Lt Col Rich Green to Maj Sam Miller for his services to Army Squash as a player and Mens Senior Captain. Undefeated over many years Sam graciously stood down from playing in the Championships this year, effectively relinquishing his crown of Army Squash Men’s Champion. His legacy will live on.
Special thanks go to the Army Squash Admin Officer, Carol, and the Events team at Garretts who pulled off a superb and memorable event