The PSA has further expanded its management team with the appointment of former Tour player Tim Garner as PSA European Representative.
The major announcement comes in the final countdown to next month’s IOC decision to consider Squash as a ‘new sport’ to add to the Olympic Games programme in 2020.
Englishman Garner, a former world No26 who competed on the PSA World Tour for more than ten years, has a wealth of experience in event management and administration – making the 43-year-old Londoner an outstanding candidate for the new position.
Manager and Head Coach of London’s famous Lambs Squash Club for four years, Garner went on to form Eventis Sports Marketing with fellow former pros Peter Nicol and Angus Kirkland, staging a number of major events including the Canary Wharf Classic, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in London this year. Garner has also managed the British Squash Professionals’ Association (BSPA) since its inception in 1993.
In an enterprising initiative to boost Squash’s 2020 Olympic Games campaign, Garner & Nicol undertook the Xodus 7 Continent Challenge in April – contesting seven squash matches in seven days on seven continents!
“We are delighted to announce Tim’s appointment as our European Representative and we see this as major addition to the PSA team,” said PSA COO Lee Beachill. “Europe is a growing market for the PSA and we have no doubt that he will help advance our presence in this region.”
Garner added: “I am excited by the opportunity not only to work with the PSA, but also the various European Federations, to help grow our fantastic sport in the region. I will be looking to harness the talent, enthusiasm and endeavour that already exists – and help facilitate more opportunities for the players to play events and the public to see those players in action.
“In doing so this can only be good moving forwards into what will hopefully be an Olympic era, and if not will still I am sure be a period of growth for our wonderful sport.”
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