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Susan Elizabeth Anne Devoy (born January 1, 1964) was a New Zealand squash player who dominated the sport in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She won the World Open on 4 occasions. January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Squash racquet and ball Squash is an indoor racquet sport which was, until recently, called Squash Rackets, a reference to the squashable soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball used in its parent game Racquets or Rackets--see below). ...


Playing Career

Born in Rotorua, New Zealand, Susan attended Mary Mackillop College (later renmed John Paul College). She first played squash when she was 6 years old, and turned professional at the age of 17. Her first World Open title came in 1985, and followed that up in 1987. Further World Open titles came in 1990 and 1992. For most of her career, the World Open was held biannually, a fact that stopped Devoy was potentially doubling her tally. She did, however, win the coveted British Open 8 times, a record only beaten by Heather McKay in the 60s and 70s and Janet Morgan in the 1950s. Rotorua is a city located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Heather Pamela McKay (nee Blundell), (born July 31, 1941) was an Australian squash player who ranks among the greatest in the history of the sport. ... Janet Rachael Margaret (1921 - 1990) was an English squash player who dominated the game in the 1950s. ...


In 1992, the year of her unexpected retirement, she was the Australian, British, French, Hong Kong, Irish, New Zealand, Scottish, Swedish and World squash champion.


Achievements

In 1986 she was awarded the MBE, which was followed by a CBE in 1993. She is also noted for her charity work, being the New Zealand Patron on the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 1988 she walked the entire length of New Zealand, over seven weeks, and raised $500,000 for that charity. Other achievements include being named New Zealand Sports Person and Sports Woman in 1985. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in decreasing order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in decreasing order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand... Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three infants by Anthony van Dyck Charity is a term in Christian theology (one of the three theological virtues), meaning loving kindness towards others; it is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both... Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a U.S. organization founded in 1950 which combats muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system in general by funding research, providing medical and community services, and educating health professionals and the general public. ...


In 1998, she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, the youngest New Zealander since Sir Edmund Hillary to receive such an award. In between her charity work she is also a professional speaker in motivation and inspiration. Sir Edmund Hillary after accompanying first plane to land at the Marble Point ground air strip - Antarctica Edmund Hillary on the New Zealand 5 dollar note Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE (Born July 20, 1919 ) is a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer, most famous for the first successful... In psychology, motivation is the driving force (desire) behind all actions of an organism. ... There are several meanings of the word inspiration: The stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions leading to creativity. ...


World Open Squash Results

  • 1985: Won (beat Lisa Opie 9-4, 9-5, 10-8)
  • 1987: Won (beat Lisa Opie 9-3, 10-8, 9-2)
  • 1989: runner-up (lost to Martine le Moignan 4-9, 9-4, 10-8, 10-8)
  • 1990: Won (beat Martine Le Moignan 9-4, 9-4, 9-4)
  • 1992: Won (beat Michelle Martin 9-4, 9-6, 9-4)

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Susan was named New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year in 1985, 1987 and 1988.
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