Pearse gets national award for services to squash

Norfolk Norfolk squash player Martin Pearse has picked up a national honour.

Norfolk Norfolk squash player Martin Pearse has picked up a national honour. - Credit: Archant © 2008

Sheringham's Martin Pearse has been honoured for his contribution to squash.

As well as being a leading players in his over-70 age group Pearse has also been a tireless worker behind the scenes, and that has prompted national recognition,

He received a Polar Squash Award for outstanding services to the sport from England Squash, being one of 11 people from across the country to be recognised.

'Martin has been a main driving force in the creation of England Squash Masters,' explained a statement from the governing body.

'He helped to establish a committee and has been chair since 2004 helping to widen masters participation in a number of ways. The regional event has grown from 250 competitors to over 800 under his leadership and is recognised as the largest and most successful masters circuit in the world. He established the Masters Home International Tournament and has helped to inspire English masters players to international successes.'

Pearse has been successful at regional and world level over the years, winning countless regional tournaments and a bronze medal at the 2016 World Masters Squash in Johannesburg.

He volunteers his time while running his own business and taking a leading role in over 60s Cricket.

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Meanwhile Pearse in one of four Norfolk players to have been selected within their age groups at various locations across the country to play Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the annual Home Internationals.

The other players are Jamie Goodrich (Moreton Hall) and Ashley Bowling (Barnham Broom, both over-40s) and Phil Godfrey (The Crown, from Cley-next-the Sea, over-65s).

Pearse will be playing at Cardiff on April 21 and 22 for the Over 70 section, and this will be his 19th year selected out of the last 21, He was missing in 2016 because he was injured playing in the Norfolk 65 Final. He has won two regional events plus the British Amateur Championship this season and finished top of the national rankings.