Susan Devoy

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Susan Devoy Squash player
Susan Devoy
Susan Devoy (2018)
Nationality: New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand
Birthday: 4th January 1964
1st professional season: 1981
Resignation: 1992
Playing hand: Right
Career title: 52
Career finals: 55
Best placement: 1 (April 1984)
Month # 1: 105
World championship title: 4th
Sources: official player profiles at PSA and Squashinfo (see web links )

Dame Susan Elizabeth Anne Devoy , DNZM , CBE (born January 4, 1964 in Rotorua ) is a former New Zealand squash player .


Susan Devoy was born in Rotorua and attended MacKillop College there . On December 12, 1986, she married the New Zealand squash player John Oakley, who was also her manager, in her hometown of Rotorua. The couple has four sons and currently lives in Tauranga . Devoy was the Race Relations Commissioner for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission from 2013 to 2018 .


Susan Devoy won 52 titles in her professional career and was at the top of the world rankings for a total of 105 months. For the first time she was at the top of the world rankings on April 1, 1984 and ended nine times the year as the leader of the rankings. She made it to the finals of the World Cup five times in a row : in 1985 she defeated Lisa Opie when she took part for the first time and in 1987 she successfully defended her title in front of her home crowd in New Zealand, again against Lisa Opie. In 1989 she lost for the first time in the final when she lost in four sets against Martine Le Moignan . The following year Susan Devoy retaliated for this defeat and defeated Le Moignan. She won her fourth and final title in 1992 against Michelle Martin . With the New Zealand national team , she was runner- up in 1985 and 1992 , behind England and Australia. At the British Open , she won a total of eight titles between 1984 and 1992. From 1983 to 1992 she also won ten consecutive New Zealand national championships , a record.


In 1986 Susan Devoy was promoted to MBE and in 1993 was appointed CBE . In 1998 she was raised to the nobility as the Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the age of only 34. She was the youngest New Zealand person since Edmund Hillary to receive this honor. Susan Devoy was also voted New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year five times between 1985 and 1993. In 1993 she was inducted into the World Squash Hall of Fame . The University of Waikato awarded Susan Devoy an honorary doctorate in 2013.


Web links

Commons : Susan Devoy  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Hamish Rutherford: Dame Susan Devoy new Race Relations Commissioner. In: Waikato Times , March 20, 2013, accessed June 2, 2020 .
  2. Dame Susan Devoy steps down from HRC. In: Waikato Times , May 25, 2018, accessed June 2, 2020 .