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Tania Bailey / 27 January 2012

Tania Stops Playing on the World Squash Circuit

Tania has stopped playing competitively on the World Squash Circuit, and this is what she has to say, courtesy of www.taniabailey.net,

I just wanted to let you know that I am not going to be playing the World squash circuit anymore, my motivation is as strong as ever but my body will not allow me to train and compete at the level I want to anymore. The last few years have been extremely tough and I have given it everything I could to try and get back to being one of the best players in the World, but I know what it takes to get to the top of the rankings and deep down I know I just cannot do it anymore. Having had 3 surgeries on my knee and 1 on my hip and suffering recurring problems, I think it is time to move on. I don’t think this will come as a great shock to many people but I want to let all the people know who have helped me so much over the years.

I want to say thank you to my Mum and Dad, I am so grateful for all the encouragement and support they have given me and for always being there for me, I couldn’t have done any of it without them and also a big thank you to Neil, to my brother Mark and sister in law Joanne for their amazing support too and for being there through the good and the bad.

Thank you to all the people that have contributed to my squash career and helped me along the way, thanks to England squash who have supported me since I first went professional and all the coaches I have worked with over the years, especially to Paul Carter for his never ending belief in me, and thanks to the numerous physiotherapists and support staff who I have worked with. There are too many people to mention individually.

I would like to thank Westside gym for allowing me to use their brilliant facilities and to Stamford Squash Club for their support since I was 9 years old.

I have got so many amazing memories and had a lot of unforgettable experiences. And I have made so many friends along the way. I have had a great time and I would recommend being a full time squash player to anyone!!

It has been an absolute privilege to able to play full time squash, I will miss the tournaments, the travelling, my friends, playing for England and I will even miss the training! But I believe I have a lot to look forward to now.

I have already been coaching over the last year or so, I have been coaching at Hunts County squash club and I have worked on a few regional junior squads, I hope to continue this and also start to coach at clubs in and around Stamford, I am excited about having new challenges and looking forward to whatever comes along.

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