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The end of an era for New Zealand squash

Long time national representative Jaclyn Hawkes has hung up her racquet.

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist has announced her retirement, revealing she is pregnant with her first child. She has also stepped down as President of the World Squash Association (WSA).

Hawkes has been on the professional squash circuit since 2003Jaclyn Hawkes Headshot Dec 11 and has represented New Zealand on numerous occasions. She has been a fixture in the world’s top 20 ranked players since November 2007 and reached a career high of number 12 in December 2010.

One of the major highlights of Hawkes’ career came at the 2010 Commonwealth Games when she teamed up with Joelle King to win the gold medal in the women’s doubles. Other highlights include winning the 2009 New Zealand National Championships, finishing third at the 2004 Women’s World Team Championships and her first WSA Tour victory at the 2005 South Australian Open.

Hawkes has settled in England with husband Jonathan Kemp – an English squash representative. The pair were married in Hawaii in June last year.

Squash New Zealand would like to congratulate Jaclyn on the start of her family and wish her all the best.

A little insight into Jaclyn Hawkes...

Age you began playing squash? What age can you hold a racket?

Who introduced you to squash? MyMum and Dad.

First coach? Probably my Mum but I can't remember.

Right or left-handed? Right.

Favourite shot? Forehand volley drop.

Favourite tournament venue? Grand Central Station, New York.

Best friend(s) on tour? Kyles.

Favourite city? Hong Kong.

Favourite food? Ice cream.

Most admired sportsperson? Roger Federer - love him.

How do you relax between playing and training? I read a lot.

Best achievement to date in squash? Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Dave Dobbyn or The Killers? Dave Dobbyn.

If you were stuck on a desert island, which three people would you like for company? Jonathon Kemp, Bear Grylls and Cambo Grayson.

You're still stuck on the desert island, would you rather have a waffle maker or a John Deere tractor?  Why? They both would be useless.  The tractor would only last as long as the petrol, and you can't make waffles without waffle batter or a plug.  However the tractor is clearly more useful in the short term.

How many weetbix can you do? I've never tried to eat more than four.

Do you have any pre-match routines (food/superstitions/music)? Not really.  I do always eat twice or even three times the usual amount of food before a match because I'm always worried I'll get hungry.

Favourite subject at school? History.

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