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arrow pointing leftBack 15 February 18 - by Max Chesterton

Worcestershire squash star wins national award

Bromsgrove’s Bett Dryhurst has been awarded with a Special Recognition Award by England Squash for her tireless service to squash, both as a player and for her continued commitment to volunteering.

The Polar Squash Workforce Awards, which were hosted at the 2018 Dunlop British National Championships, recognise and celebrate those who have made an outstanding commitment and contribution to the sport.

The 72-year-old has for many years been the driving force of Worcestershire Junior Squash, spending her time and energy coaching and encouraging beginners into the sport by promoting squash in local schools and introducing players to local clubs.

When Bett found out that she has been nominated for this award she was delighted that someone thought so fondly of her.

“I was really quite pleased to have won the award,” said Dryhurst.

“I was quite pleased that someone should bother to think of me in that way. It was nice to think that people have recognised me for the work that I have done.

“I try to increase participation at our local club and over the years I have been going into schools and also helping to organise our local inter county tournaments.

“It's nice that some of the juniors look at me and think if Bett can do it, then I can – I hope that I can be role model for the juniors.”

Bett started playing squash when she was 30, representing her local Barnt Green Sports Club and achieving huge success as a masters player.

As a key member of the West Midlands volunteer workforce, Bett is frequently involved in running and promoting locally graded events such as the Worcestershire junior inter county teams and England Squash sanctioned events.

As well as her volunteer efforts, Bett is an accomplished player, lifting seven British national masters Championship titles and achieving a silver medal in the WO70’s category at the World Squash Masters in Johannesburg.

Bett serves as a constant source of encouragement to others, providing support, advice and words of wisdom to all those who meet her as well as helping to inspire the next generation.

Former pupil Keira Marshall, who nominated Bett, said: “I was one of the juniors introduced to squash by Bett when she brought the game to my school. I then joined the local club for the sessions she set up and was individually coached by Bett.”

“We still train together on court and at the gym. She is still a great encouragement and support to me and to other Worcestershire players.”

“My love of squash is down to her. I hope that when I am 72, I have Bett’s drive and enthusiasm and that I will have achieved some of what she has achieved.”

For more information on the awards, visit: www.englandsquash.awards