One of my proudest moments aside from winning tournaments was when I had the privilege to represent the women’s tour in some way. Back then, there were still many major squash tournaments that only hosted the men while the women did exhibition events on the side. I recall a particular promoter for the tournament who had been asking me to play at the exhibition event for many years, but I had always responded that I will only participate if the women’s squash tournament was held alongside the men’s. Eventually, the promoter created an equally big event for both the men and women division, and only then did I confirm my participation.
Now, that tournament runs every year with equal prize money offered and it is one of the biggest on tour events in the circuit.
The reason I’m sharing this story is that I realised then that I could use my platform to make an impact in my field and also encourage more women and girls to do the same.
We currently live in a time where women’s participation in sports is no longer an anomaly. There are more opportunities for women compared to our parents’ time, coming in the form of scholarships, grants, government sponsorships, and other types of funding.