|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (172 lb)|
|Coached by||Rob Owen|
|Highest ranking||No. 12 (May 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 12 (December 2019)|
|Last updated on: June 2018.|
Makin played squash at Aberdare Junior Squash Club under coaches Bob Gould, Clive Roberts and Dave Cope, and represented Wales at Under-13s level in 2007. He left Aberdare at 18 and, forgoing university, trained at West Warwickshire Club under the guidance of Rob Owen.
He won the Kent Open in 2017, beating Josh Masters in straight sets, and the Tring Open in 2018. He reached the semifinals of the men’s singles squash competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, losing out to Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the bronze medal match. Makin qualified for the 2018 British Open Squash Championships where he lost in the first round to Mohamed Abouelghar. He beat the world number one, Mohamed El Shorbagy, to reach the quarterfinals of the Channel VAS Championships in October 2018. As of December 2019, he was ranked number 12 in the World and 1 in Wales.
He has won 3 PSA titles:
- 2015 City of Greater Bendigo International (PSA5)
- 2017 Kent Open (PSA10)
- 2018 Tring Open (PSA15)
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- "Channel VAS Champs: Welshman Makin shocks World No.1 Elshorbagye to reach quarter-finals". PSA World Tour. Professional Squash Association. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
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- "Joel Makin wins Kent Open title as Josh Masters runs out of steam - Squash Mad". 18 June 2017.
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