Squash New Zealand High Performance Programme

The Squash New Zealand High Performance Programme is majority-funded by High Performance Sport New Zealand (formerly part of SPARC). Sport New Zealand funding is based on results at key world events, including Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

High Performance Advisory Panel

In October 2014 Squash New Zealand convened a High Performance Advisory Panel.  The Panel was tasked with (among other things)  identifying and reviewing critical strategies, activities, budgets and outcomes required to achieve High Performance success, and make recommendations to the Squash New Zealand board. The full terms of reference of the High Performance Advisory Panel can be found here.

The Squash New Zealand High Performance Advisory Panel is made up of:

  • Paul Wright (Panel Leader)
  • Stephen Cunningham
  • Tony Johnston
  • Shelley Kitchen (HPPM)
  • Kashif Shuja (HPPM)
  • Grant Smith
  • Joanne Williams
  • Glen Wilson


High Performance Booklet 2016

For full details on the Squash New Zealand High Performance programme, please read the High Performance Programme Booklet below. This booklet is designed to be a one-stop shop for High Performance information, and should answer any questions you may have. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.  


Selection Policies 2016

Squash New Zealand's selection policies for teams can be found here:

World Doubles Selection Criteria

High Performance Coaching

Squash New Zealand utilise the services of several contracted coaches to assist in the delivery of its High Performance Programme.  These coaches are bound by the Squash New Zealand High Performance Coaching Conficts of Interest policy which can be found in our High Performance Booklet above.

Coaches/Managers used to help deliver the High Performance Programme include:

Elite Junior Girls and World Junior Girls Coach 2016/17: Joanne Williams
Elite Junior Boys Coach and World Junior Boys Coach 2016: Paul Hornsby
Junior Development Squad Coach 2016/17: Robbie Wyatt 
World Men's Team Manager/Coach 2017: TBC
World Women's Team Manager/Coach 2016:Shelley Kitchen
Oceania Junior Champs & Trans-Tasman Junior Test Series Coaches 2016: Robbie Wyatt & Shelley Kitchen
World Doubles Coach 2016 & Commonwealth Games 2018: TBC
Strength & Conditioning Coach 2016: LivFit - Lynne Wright, Tony Ligaliga and Hallam

A number of assistant coaches will be used at all camps and these may include senior players, sports scientists or guest speakers. These are not considered 'contracted coaches'.


High Performance Funding 2015

Underpinning our High Performance programme is the funding we get from High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ). This funding depends entirely on results at the following:

  • Commonwealth Games
  • World Teams Championships
  • World Individual Championships
  • World Doubles Champs

Success at these pinnacle events is critical to retaining funding from HPSNZ.


Drug Free Sport New Zealand

Squash NZ and its Member Organisations are committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.

Squash NZ works in partnership with the national anti-doping organisation, Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to:

  • Promote a culture of clean sport
  • Deliver anti-doping education|
  • Organise and implement testing programmes
  • Report doping and suspicious activity
  • Support athletes to compete drug free

For full information about anti-doping, visit http://www.drugfreesport.org.nz/

The anti-doping rules

All members of Squash NZ are required to abide by New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules. These rules reflect the World Anti-Doping Agency’s World Anti-Doping Code.

In summary the ten rule violations are:

  • The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
  • The use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
  • Evading testing or refusing to provide a sample for drug testing
  • Failing to provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information or missing a test
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of the doping control process
  • Possessing prohibited substances or methods
  • Trafficking or attempting to traffic any prohibited substance or method
  • Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
  • Covering up an anti-doping rule violation
  • An athlete associating with someone, such as a coach or medical professional, who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation or equivalent

The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

Full WADA 2016 Prohibited List

Download the Prohibited List app


Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.

Contact DFSNZ for full information on medications that are not permitted in sport.

DFSNZ’s website medication check
0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)
Request a copy of DFSNZ’s wallet guide on the status of common medications.

Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. When competing at national or international level a TUE must be applied for before taking any medication.


Many dietary or sports supplements are marketed as helping to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle development, and, supplements can contain substances which are prohibited in sport and may not accurately label ingredients so you cannot be sure of exactly what’s in them.

Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take.

Lodging a supplement query with DFSNZ can provide some assessment of the level of risk associated with supplements and may be able to identify products which are known to be a problem.

The Athlete Whereabouts programme

Anti-doping organisations, including DFSNZ, conduct drug tests on athletes out-of-competition with no advance warning. The Athlete Whereabouts Programme allows DFSNZ to locate athletes for testing.


Drug testing is one of the best ways to identify athletes who are doping and to protect athletes who are clean competitors.  Athletes can be tested during an event (in-competition) or at any other time (out-of-competition) and will be asked to provide a urine sample, a blood sample or both.  The testing process and sample collection for doping control will be carried out by a trained and accredited Drug Free Sport NZ official.

If you have any questions please contact DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)

Squash NZ’s point of contact for anti doping matters is Squash Director (Sam Crawford) (ph: 09 815 6775 or e-mail: sam@squashnz.co.nz


DFSNZ Education

DFSNZ Resources

DFSNZ E-learning


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