Squash WA are delighted to introduce you to the new Board for 2023!
President: Ryan Callegari (Busselton)
Vice President: Glenn Hitch (Mirrabooka)
Secretary: Katy Scott (Belmont)
Treasurer: Brad Hibbs (Mandurah)
Board Member: Neil Butler
Board Member: Michelle Classen (Mirrabooka)
Board Member: Yvette Clement (Blue Gum)
Board Member: Michaela Pratt (Narrogin)
A very special welcome to Brad Hibbs, Yvette Clement and Michaela Pratt who are making their Board debut!
New President Ryan Callegari, who many of you would already know, has served as Vice President since 2021. Ryan is an extremely passionate and dedicated squashie who, we have no doubt, will do great things for our sport. We asked Ryan to share a bit of his background with the squash community:
“Dear all member clubs, life members and valued volunteers,
Thank you for my recent re-nomination to the board. I look forward to serving the association as your President for this coming year. A big thanks to Glenn Hitch for his valuable contribution over the last few years. Thankfully Glenn won’t be going anywhere though! We need everyone working together to carry squash into the future to not only survive but to THRIVE.
For those that don’t know me, I live in Busselton with my wife Megan and two young junior squash players Evie & Oscar. I started playing squash after electing ‘Squash/Golf’ as an optional Physical Education class in Grade 9. I didn’t really fit into team sports; I was the never the first kid picked to be in the team. Upon joining the Busselton junior squash club, I came to realise I was definitely not alone! It was the most inclusive environment I had ever stepped foot in, and formed a really important part of my teenage years. Not just in my development as a player, but also my personal development under the tutelage of great squash people such as Ron Clayton, Sean Brockman, Brian Roby, Warren Oliver, Dave Windsor and so many more.
As the years passed on and I started to form relationships with other clubs, players and volunteers, I came to realise that this environment was not just exclusive to Busselton. It was a state-wide environment, engrained into the culture of our clubs and association. I believe that this is why squash in WA is so special. It comes back to the clubs, and the people driving and participating in them each and every day. I truly believe there is nothing else out there quite like it.
With your help, the Board and I are very excited to progress our Strategic Plan into 2023 and beyond, to not only protect our sport but grow our participation and footprint across the state.
I look forward to catching up with everyone in the coming weeks!”