This week, our #sistersport campaign puts the spotlight on the inspirational work of professional squash player Sarah Campion.
Sarah, who hails from Cheshire but now lives in Triangle, has worked tirelessly over the past year to encourage more women and girls to pick up a racket and give the sport a go.
Since 2016, mum-of-one Sarah, 33, has been working with the national campaign Squash Girls Can, run by England Squash, to encourage females in Halifax and Calderdale to get involved.
She started to run a beginners course at Queens Sports Club, Savile Park, which has since gone from strength to strength.
She said: “There was a really good response from ladies in the local area.
“On the back of that, quite a lot of them are still playing.
“What’s really nice is that there is a game to be had at any level.
“There’s ladies who have never picked up a squash racket before in their lives, but it’s so nice to see they’re really enthused.
“There’s also the social benefits, as they’ve made friends too.”
Sarah describes squash as “addictive” and says while it’s a great way to keep fit and active, it’s fun at the same time.
Her work encouraging women and girls to take up the sport has now been recognised by England Squash in its Polar Squash Workforce Awards.
Crowned Squash Girls Can Project of the Year, Sarah was praised for her drive and passion for the game and inspiring women and girls of all ages to play.
Speaking about the award, she said: “It was fantastic. It has been a lot of hard work, so it’s really nice to get some recognition.”
For people who would like to see what squash is all about, keep your eye out for a festival Sarah is organising.
It will be held in April at Queens Sports Club and will give newbies a chance to give it a go and current players a chance to compete against others.
How you can get involved in our campaign
Through the Halifax Courier’s #sistersport campaign, we want to put the spotlight on groups or organisations encouraging females to become more active.
We want to encourage women across Calderdale and the wider West Yorkshire region, of any age, ability, skill or confidence level to give something a go.
Would you like to share your story of how joining in an activity has helped, inspired or improved your life no matter how big or small that change has been?
Would you like to promote your group, and encourage more women to get involved?
If so, then we would love to hear from you.
Please email some details to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your stories and photos or call 01422 260209.