Peter Wright (Squash)

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Peter Wright
Personal information
NationalityAustralian
CitizenshipAustralian
Born (1943-03-11) March 11, 1943 (age 79)
Sunshine, Victoria, Australia
ResidenceDocklands, Victoria
Occupationsports administrator
Squash
Sport
ClubMelbourne Cricket Club
TeamSquash Team
Retired30 December 2012
Achievements and titles
World finalsWorld Masters Champion (3 times)
World Masters Runner up - (4 times)
National finalsAustralian Champion
New Zealand Champion
Victorian Champion

Peter David William Wright (born 11 March 1943[1]) is an Australian born Squash Champion and sports administrator/entrepreneur.

Wright won the World Masters Squash Championships three times.[2][3]. In addition, he has been Australian, New Zealand and Victorian Masters Squash Champion[4][3]

Early Life

Wright was born in Sunshine, Victoria in the middle of World War II. His father, David Stanley Wright was a munitions worker and his mother was Lorna Edna Wright (nee Martin)[1]. His life time sports career began in his home suburb of Sunshine where he played in many junior competitive sports.[4]At 15 he joined the Sunshine Park Tennis Club and sometime before 1962 the Sunshine Squash Club. Wright suffered “terribly” from asthma as a youngster, but his asthma went away when he began playing squash. [5]

Kerville states that Wright has always believed deeply in the benefits of sport for every human being. Wright further believes that all persons, including lower grades and "oldies", particularly benefit from the competitive and social side of squash and any kind of sport.[5]

Sporting Career

Peter Wright has been three times

  • World Masters Squash Champion. His victories were in 1985 in Toronto, Canada, in 1993 in the over 50s division in Edinburgh, Scotland, and in 1999 in the over 55 division Sheffield] England.[3]He was runner-up in 1989 in Arhus in Denmark, in 1994 in Brisbane, Australia, in 1995 and 2001 in Melbourne, Australia.[3]
  • Australian Masters Squash Champion five times.[3]


Career as an Administrator

Notwithstanding his outstanding sporting achievements Peter Wright is far better known for his organising and administrative flair and ability. Authoritatively described as “highly regarded throughout world squash as an outstanding sporting administrator”.[3]

For 34 years (1986-2020) he has been -

  • Tournament Director of the Melbourne Cricket Club Squash Club for 15 years.

Honours

He has engaged in many other significant administrative roles for which he received

  • The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the sport of squash and for a range of executive roles.[6][4]
  • Hans Ebeling Award winner of the Melbourne Cricket Club.[3][2]
  • Life Member of Melbourne Cricket Club Squash section (2006).[2]
  • Life Member 1998: Australian Masters Squash Association.[2]
  • Legend Status at the Melbourne Cricket Club Squash Section and the Award for outstanding club person of the year.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Birth Certificate, District of Melbourne, Victoria , Australia, No.7517 of 1943
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Hans Ebeling Award Winners: Peter Wright" (PDF). Melbourne Cricket Club MCC. Melbourne Cricket Ground - MCG. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Baylis, Danni, Legend of MCC Squash Section 2019 -Peter Wright OAM, 7 February 2020, MCC News, Publisher: Melbourne Cricket Club
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Willaton, John: The Sunshine Recorder, Publisher: Sunshine and District Historical Society, Series 5 No 35 September 2015, ISSN 1834-7215
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kerville,Ian, Recognition for champion “Squashie”, 14 February 2011, Words -Squash Victoria, Publisher: Melbourne Cricket Club
  6. Sheahan, Paul (1 March 2015). "Members Honoured on Australia Day". MCC News (159).

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