Women's squash in Australia
|Women's squash in Australia|
In 1940, a study of 314 women in New Zealand and Australia was done. Most of the women in the study were middle class, conservative, Protestant and white. The study found that 183 participated in sport. The ninth most popular sport that these women participated in was squash, with 3 having played the sport. The sport was tied with croquet, billiards, chess, fishing, field hockey, horse racing, squash, table tennis and shooting.
Some of the best known Australian squash players include Heather Blundell-McKay. During Blundell-McKay's squash career, she only lost twice. She won the British amateur title seven times starting in 1962 and she won the Australian championship eight times starting in 1960.
In 1968, Australia was one of the most important squash playing countries. There were a large number of players of both genders and a large number of courts. In Sydney, there were 85 squash buildings. Each building had an average of five courts.
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