Heather McKay

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Heather McKay , MBE , AO (* 31 July 1941 in Queanbeyan , New South Wales as Heather Pamela Blundell ) is a former Australian squash player who is generally considered the player ever seen. She was undefeated for over 19 years in the 1960s and 1970s, ending her career shortly after winning the first official Women's World Cup in 1979 .


In 1962, Heather McKay won the most important squash tournament of the time, the British Open, for the first time and defended the title 15 times. In 1968 she even won the final without losing points. In 1976 she won the unofficial Women's World Squash Championship, which is already listed as a world championship in some success lists. It wasn't until 1979 that there was an official women's World Cup, which she won 6: 9, 9: 3, 9: 1, 9: 4 against the Englishwoman Sue Cogswell . In the same year she won the US championships , in 1976 she had won the title at the Canadian championships . From 1981 McKay only played senior tournaments ( Masters Level ) in squash. In 1960 and 1962 she lost the only two official games of her career.

Other sports

It won the American Amateur Racquetball Championship in 1979 and the American Professional Racquetball Championship in 1980, 1981 and 1984. She also won the Canadian Racquetball Championship in 1980 and from 1982 to 1985. Sometimes she was also a member of the national hockey team.


Heather McKay became Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1969 and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1979 . She received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was inducted into the World Squash Hall of Fame in 1993. She is also a member of the Squash Australia Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame since 1985 .


  • McKay, Heather: Heather McKay's Complete Book of Squash , 1979

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hall of Fame - Athlete Members. (pdf) In: sahof.org.au. Sport Australia Hall of Fame , accessed November 9, 2018 .