WATERS Alison < Back  
Sport Squash
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 19 Mar 1984 in London, ENG
Height1.70 m
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing squash at age five.
Why this sport? She became interested in the sport after going along to watch her parents and brother play at a local club.
Name of coach Paul Carter
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Listening to music, spending time with friends, going to the cinema, playing football, supporting English football club Liverpool. (horizonsoftware.net, 17 Aug 2010; brettssquashblog.com, 04 Oct 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, and winning the British National Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2013. (alisonwaters.co.uk, 01 Jul 2013)
Most influential person in career Her family. (brettssquashblog.com, 04 Oct 2012)
Injuries She partially tore her Achilles tendon during the semifinals of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. She tried rehabilitation for months however after returning for two tournaments early in 2011, she struggled with the injury and underwent surgery in May 2011. She was sidelined for 18 months. (brettssquashblog.com, 04 Oct 2012; britishopensquash.net, 13 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Enjoy it, make the most if it, train hard and smile.” (alisonwaters.co.uk, 10 Mar 2013)
Ambitions To be ranked number one in the world. (alisonwaters.co.uk, 1 Jul 2013)
Other information RETURNING FROM SERIOUS INJURY
She says that her time away from the sport was more of a benefit than a hindrance. "I think the break did me good and I made sure that I got enough rest and rehabbed fully and that I was fully recovered before coming back. I feel physically stronger now than I did before the injury, I think all the hard work in the gym paid off. I used Nick Matthew [English world squash champion] as my inspiration and during my injury I was always positive and knew I would come back stronger, so this was definitely a key factor. I feel that I have come back mentally stronger as well. It's tough being out for a year and not doing the sport you love, so I'm just really enjoying being back on court and I feel relaxed and happy playing. I think that is an important thing." (brettssquashblog.com, 4 Oct 2012)

SQUASH AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT
She feels was disappointed that squash has not made its way into the Olympic Games "Squash really should be in the Olympics and it is quite sad that it is not. I mean it was of the most popular sports in the world and is played by people everywhere. It was great having the Olympics in my hometown but at the same time it was tough watching as we knew that squash deserved to be there. An Olympic medal would be amazing and the pinnacle of any squash player’s career. This is why it is so important for us and it would be incredible for the sport and something that we deserve." (brettssquashblog.com, 4 Oct 2012)