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Squash - 15. June 2010.

England Squash President Jackie Robinson Honoured With An OBE

The world of Squash is celebrating the announcement that  England Squash &  Racketball (ESR) President Jackie  Robinson has been awarded an OBE (Order  of the British Empire)  in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Formerly a Vice President of the then England Squash,  Mrs Robinson was  elected Chairman in 2002, when the organisation was in  severe financial  difficulties.  Her leadership showed persistence  and tenacity in challenging  times and was a key feature in the recovery  that followed.

During her  tenure, turnover increased by 25% and staffing levels by over a third.  She stood down from the board in 2006 after two successful  terms, but continued her involvement when elected President, a post she  still holds.
 
Jackie Robinson's international links with the sport began in  the 1970s
with her captaincy of the British Universities team - and in the  following
decade she became Secretary of the Women’s Squash Rackets  Association.  In addition to her role as ESR President, Jackie Robinson is  Director of the World Squash Federation’s Championships Committee. 

She is also still very active in tennis - as a coach and a fine  player,
representing Great Britain as a veteran.  Furthermore, she is a successful  charity fundraiser, hosting her own charity tennis  tournament.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Jackie," said ESR Chief  Executive Nick
Rider.  "She took the helm during a really difficult period and with  typical fortitude saw us through to happier times.  I’m absolutely delighted for her – this is richly deserved."

World Squash Federation President  N Ramachandran added:  "I am extremely pleased to learn of the award of a very well  deserved OBE to England Squash President Jackie Robinson. Jackie has  served Squash for a long and distinguished time, starting in the Women's  Squash Rackets Federation and then in
the amalgamated Governing Body for  England where she served as Chairman of the Board before becoming  President. 

"Throughout these years she has also been a great contributor  to and
worker for the World Squash Federation.  It is wonderful to see this  unstinting voluntary service being  recognised."
There was further success for Squash in the Queen's Birthday  Honours with  the award of an Order of the Australia Medal (OAM) to  Carin Clonda, a  founding member and former chairwoman of the  Women’s International Squash  Players Association  (WISPA).
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