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What
makes
us
by Laura Lengthorn-Massaro,
PROFESSIONAL SQUASH PLAYER,
different?
Jersey Squash Club
Improved Player” award Laura athlete who has taken a liking to Jersey. “It
commented “I was really pleased to be would be great to be associated with the
recognised for the improvements I’ve island in some way as I am viewing here as a
made. I had a great year, progressing past second training base where much of my hard
my seeding position in 8 straight world work will be put in. It is a great change of
tour events and reaching my first National scene for me and maybe I can help Nick to
Championships Final. It was particularly inspire some local players to go in the
good because my fellow competitors direction I have.”
World Star Squash isn’t as lucrative as
stepping it
other high profile sports such
as Tennis despite similar
expectations and professional
up in Jersey
effort. “Yes it’s a bit frustrating
but you can’t make it an
excuse“ reflects Laura. “One of
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro is ranked
the things I would love to do is
the 8th best Squash player in the
build a relationship with a
world; she is just 24 and has just
company who could help me
been voted the most improved
financially with the obvious costs
player in the world by her fellow
of playing on a world tour. I feel I
professionals. Laura’s aim is to get to
voted for me so it gives me confidence to can give a lot back to a business or company
the very top of the world rankings
push on higher knowing that they have in terms of promotion and reputation. I am
and she plans to use Jersey to help
seen and felt the improvements on now really looking out for this kind of support
her in that quest.
court.” and why not in the Jersey. It would be so
helpful for me to have support in this way”.
World Ranking
Laura plans to be back in Jersey about
The recent appointment of Nick Taylor
once every 8 weeks depending on her You can see Laura in action at Jersey
(ex World Ranked 14), as head of Jersey
hectic schedule;“We play tournaments all Squash Club in the near future.
Squash Coaching and Development, is
over the World from Malaysia,to Qatar,to
why Lengthorn-Massaro will be treating
America so I am quite busy most of the
Jersey as her second training base.Taylor
year. It is difficult to settle into a rhythm
has been coaching the England number 2
but I am scheduling trips over to see Nick
for the past couple of years and both
about 6 times per year.The flight over is
were keen to maintain the relationship
only an hour so it’s not a big issue to get
when he took up his new post in July this
to Jersey from Manchester.”
year. Lengthorn says “when Nick told me
that he had committed to start a new
On her future, Lengthorn is clear minded,
project in Jersey, the first thing we did was
“I will become the best player I can be. I
work out a way that we could keep the
believe that will put me in position to win any
coaching and training sessions going. I live
of the major titles in the world. If I can do
near Manchester so we booked flights
that, then my World Ranking will go higher.
and started getting things in the diary for
Number One is the top spot so it ends there.
training visits. I came over with my
I want to keep winning for England as long as
husband in September for a week and
I am professional and I want to win the
loved it. I trained really well and really felt
British National Title in the near future.”
comfortable at the club. I used some of
the beaches too for running sessions
Squash is in the Commonwealth Games
which were a bit too hard at times!”
and very close to inclusion for the
Olympics in 2016 so no doubt medals are
Lengthorn has had a distinguished career
high on Lengthorn’s agenda too. You can
already. As a junior she won every age
find out more about Laura or
group National Title culminating in
follow her progress by visiting
winning the decisive match that won
www.lauralengthorn.com “I run my
England the World Team Championships
site on my own. It is a way of keeping
in Penang, Malaysia. Professionally
my supporters from around the
Lengthorn has already won 4 world tour
world up to date with my
titles and 2 European Titles with England.
progress. I really enjoy it and it
She travels to Egypt in November for the
keeps my profile up too which
World team championships where she
may help me attract
will aim to help England retain their
sponsors.”
World Title.
Laura Lengthorn - Massaro
On receiving her recent “Worlds Most
is clearly a determined
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