Posted on 02 August 2022
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In July of this year, the current squash world number 2, the first NZ man to win the British Open and now major star of the sport, Paul Coll returned to where it all began earlier this month to play in the NBS sponsored Greymouth Open.
After nearly 4 years away from Aotearoa, Paul had a whistle stop tour of the country, competing in the national championships in Tauranga before heading to Greymouth to spend time with family and friends and to play at his old club.
Greymouth Squash Club were absolutely delighted that Paul was able to compete in their tournament this year and his appearance brought people from across the country to play and watch.
Club President, Phil Donaldson said, “The whole weekend was an absolute success with an incredible atmosphere at the Club. It was such a pleasure to have Paul back in his hometown and seeing him be so supportive of the club that started his career.”
This year we had a total of 90 players compete, with entries sold out in 10 days and a waiting list in operation. Locals squeezed into the viewing galleries to watch play and we had over 200 people tuning into the live stream of the event.”
NBS Greymouth Branch Manager, Karen Atkinson said
As NBS continues to grow, the business will aim to invest more into the community through sponsorships and grants. We have partnered with Greymouth Squash Club since 2009 as we see the clear benefits that playing sport offers for the well-being of people in our community. Sponsoring the Greymouth Open has allowed the Club to raise the profile of squash even further in the region. Having such a wonderful role model as Paul take part has meant that we can encourage a whole new generation of Coasters to take up the sport.”
NBS provided financial support for the tournament along with prizes for those participating.
Phil Donaldson said “We are very grateful for the support we receive from NBS and would like to thank them for being involved again this year.”
From the Greymouth Open to his third Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, we wish Paul all the best and look forward to seeing him bring home the gold and returning to defend his Greymouth Open title in 2023!