Award presented to world star Willstrop

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AT Pontefract Squash Club’s annual dinner, awards were presented to those who have enjoyed success in the 2011-12 season and those who have contributed to the club.

Remarkably, the dinner was attended by three players - James Willstrop, Vanessa Atkinson and Lee Beachill - who have been world number one.

Willstrop (pictured) is the current number one.

Presentations were made to Atkinson and Willstrop, the latter on his achievement at becoming becoming world number one in Delhi 2011 when he won the world masters championship.

Willstrop spoke of the debt he owed to many people including his girlfriend Atkinson, his brother and coach England coach David Campion, his fitness trainer Mark Campbell, his physio Alison Rose, his manager Mick Todd and members of Pontefract Squash club who have supported him from a very young age.

Atkinson has retired from the world women’s tour but since her arrival at Pontefract from Holland she has represented the club in Yorkshire and National League matches and in the National Club and European Club Championships.

She has already established herself as a television presenter, first at the World Championships in Rotterdam and then in Delhi at the World Masters.

A presentation was made to England over 40 and over 45 international Peter Lonsdale who although he lives in North Yorkshire has travelled many miles to play Yorkshire League matches for Pontefract for 16 years.

Nine year old Sam Todd has become the number one ranked player in England at under 11, a remarkable achievement for one so young. It is indicative of his extreme promise.

Award winners were:

Clubperson: Pete Todd. Male players: jointly Alex and Ben Hodgetts. Female player: Keeley Grindle. Junior player: Eliot Ridge. Improved male: Dominic Pegg. Improved female: Catherine Beaumont. Improved junior: Ben Sockett.

Other presentations were made to Lee Beachill, Jayne Robinson, Terry Dudley and Steve Ridge for their various contributions to the club.