New Welwyn Garden City resident crowned national squash champion
PUBLISHED: 17:55 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 27 February 2014
Welwyn Garden City can boast a new national champion in more ways than one.
Professional squash player Alison Waters moved to the town before Christmas and secured her fourth British squash crown earlier this month.
The GB ranked number two player defended her title in a record equalling eighth appearance at the Championships, she defeated Madeline Perry 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 in Manchester.
The 29-year-old, who trains at Hatfield’s Herts Sports Village and Potters Bar Squash Club, said: “I was so thrilled to take out the British national title this year.
“I was ranked number two going in, so to come out as the winner was fantastic and it was great to defend my title from last year too.
“I just took it one match at a time and I suppose it paid off.
“Every year I set myself the goal of trying to win it, so it’s nice to achieve that.
“It’s a big tick off the list for this year and it’s only February.”
Waters secured her title with a first round 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 victory over Amina Helal, before knocking out Emma Beddoes 11-3, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 to set up a semi-final with Jenny Duncalf.
Waters triumphed 5-11, 11-6, 11-2, 12-0 to make the final where she claimed glory for a fourth time.
There were no big celebrations for Waters, who returned to Hertfordshire after the final.
“I didn’t really get much of a chance to celebrate, I had to drive home that night - not very rock n roll, but had a nice dinner with the family the following night, which was lovely.
“It was wonderful to share my success with the people who have supported me all the way.”
There’s not much time to savour the sweet taste of success, as Waters will soon be off to Chicago for a ranking tournament.
Then it’s the World Open in March in Penang, Malaysia, a slightly unusual tournament, as it’s actually to crown the 2013 champion.
Explaining further, Waters said: “Due to funding cuts, there were no world titles last year, so they’ve decided to have two this year to make up for it.
“It’s a bit odd I suppose, but I’d still love to get my name on that trophy - better late than never.”
Waters is also in line to make the England team for the upcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which will be announced soon.
Three female English athletes will be picked based on ranking, with Waters currently ranked number two in the country.
Waters is looking to enjoy the rest of her career and make the most of the opportunities on offer.
She added: “I really love what I do, and just focus on making the most of my opportunities and having the chance to travel the world and play squash.
“It all goes so quickly, so I just need to make the most of it.”
Waters’ nutritional diet is supported by a variety of vitamin supplements.
She said: “I’ve taken a range of Vitabiotics products for three or four years, and I really feel as though they have helped give me that competitive edge.
“Feroglobin ensures that my iron levels are good, which really helps ensure that I get the most out of my training.
“Squash is really tough on the joints and knees, there’s a lot of stopping and starting, and I really need as much help as possible with injury prevention and management.
“Jointace Gel is great for soothing those aches and pains, which are unfortunately all too frequent.
“I was also out with a serious Achilles injury a few years ago, and found that Osteocare really helped my recovery, and I was back on court sooner than expected.
“I also take Ultra Vitamin D, as we’re all pretty deficient in that, especially at this time of year with all the miserable weather.”