Gary offers coaching at a number of Squash Clubs, Leisure Centres and Schools in the Hampshire, Surrey & Berkshire Areas. The main venues and schools that Gary is involved with are:
The Bourne Club, Farnham;
Hook Community Squash Club;
Aldermaston Squash Club;
Manor Junior School, Farnborough;
Hook Junior School, Hook.;
More House School, Bourne;
Royal Grammar School, Guildford
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Sport has always been a major part of my life and when at school (Siddal Moor High School, Heywood, Lancashire) I played as many sports as possible. My main sport at school was football and I represented Greater Manchester County at Schoolboy level with the pinacle being invited to trials for the England Under 18's Schoolboy Teams when I was 16 years old and then again when I was 17 years old. I also played Youth Football at Bury FC and Oldham Athletic FC and once had a trial for Leeds United FC.
However, I was also interested in science and mathematics at school and this led me to study Applied Biochemistry at Salford University and in 1985 I graduated with a 2.i. B.Sc.(Honours) degree. I then moved to Cardiff to study for a higher degree and in 1993 I graduated from the University of Wales College Cardiff with a Master of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
I did not start playing squash until I was 16 years-old when I was fortunate that my school organised a 6-week introductory course at the local squash club in Bamford. I joined the club and played there for a few months. However, I did not take it up again until I was 20 years old and I was working in Horsham, West Sussex. I was on an industrial placement to a pharmaceutical company as the third year of my degree course and I joined the Horsham Squash Club. This is when I was first introduced to team squash. When I returned to Salford University I joined the Salford University Squash Teams.
When I moved to Cardiff I joined Cardiff Squash Rackets Club and over a period of about 8 years I worked my way up from the third team eventually to the first team and became South Glamorgan County Champion in 1993. During this time I represented South Glamorgan in Inter-County matches and also was a regular member of the newly-formed Wales "B" Team. I was able to represent Wales due to residency. I played in several "B" internationals against Scotland and Ireland. I achieved my highest Welsh ranking of number 7 in 1993.
When I reached 35 years old I was eligible to represent Wales in the Masters Home Internationals which are held annually against England, Ireland and Scotland. I have been fortunate enough to play every year the Home Internationals have been held over the last 19 years. So I now have 67 caps for Wales at Over 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55. In 2014 and 2015 I was honoured to be asked to play in both the Over 45's and Over 50's Home Internationals in the same year. In 2018 I was honoured to be asked to play in both the Over 50's and Over 55's Home Internationals in the same year. I have captained the team on several occassions and I am the current Wales Over 55's captain.
I have also been fortunate in being able to compete in the Wales Masters Closed Championships 19 out of the last 20 years. Only one year I was unable to play and that was due to injury. Of the 19 Championships I have played in I have also been fortunate to reach the final on 18 occasions. I have been the runner-up on 12 occassions but I have been the Welsh Champion 6 times:
Over 35's Champion in 2000 & 2001;
Over 40's Champion in 2003 & 2005;
Over 50's Champion in 2014 & 2015.
Between 2001 and 2006 I also entered the British Open & Closed Masters Events and World Masters Championships. My best performannces were:
World Over 35's Championships (Australia 2001) finished 10th;
World Over 40's Championships (Finland 2003) losing 1/4-finalist;
British Closed Over 40's Championships (Manchester) between 2003 -2006 best result was a losing 1/4-finalist;
British Open Over 40's Championships (Birmingham) between 2003 -2006 best result was a losing 1/4-finalist.
CURRENT LEAGUE SQUASH
I currently play at number 1 string for Aldermaston Squash Club in Division 1 of the Berkshire Men's Squash League