Committee 2018/2019

President

Brian Duke

I played my first game of squash in 1976 on the single squash court next to Teesside Airport Hotel, now starting my 41st consecutive season in the D&C leagues having played for Nunthorpe, Phoenix, Stockton Racecourse, Stockton Tilery and Redcar Squash Clubs. A past chairman of Nunthorpe Squash, Nunthorpe & Marton Recreation Club and Durham & Cleveland County and over 20years on the county committee and still playing what I consider to be the best sport there is.

                       

Chairman

David Geldart

I started playing squash when I was 18, just for pleasure at first. After a few years I joined the leagues at Tilery Sports Centre and played at a competitive level. I moved to Norton Squash Club in 1996 and had my first spell on the County Committee in 2002. I took over Chair of the County Committee in 2014 and became Chair of the North East Regional Forum for England Squash in 2016.

Secretary

Geoff Smith

I became a member of Nunthorpe squash club many years ago. After playing in the club’s internal leagues for a few seasons, I applied, and was picked to play for one of the club’s teams in the county leagues, and still play to this day. Further on, I became a member of our squash club committee holding various positions to now being club secretary. A couple of years later, I joined the Executive committee as a committee member, then took over as secretary when the post became vacant.


League Secretary

Geoff Watson

I began playing squash in my 30s, 20 years ago first playing at St George Hotel Teesside Airport, then after a few years joined Geneva Squash Club in Darlington and started playing for teams in the Durham and Cleveland league. I now play at Darlington Squash club. I began attending D&C Committee meetings as a club representative in 2006 and became League Secretary in 2008.

Treasurer

Julia Rowsby

I do not play squash, however I am married to Chris Rowsby who plays squash at Sedgefield Squash Club, and I started to become more actively involved when our 2 children, Emma and Stephen, took up the sport at a very young age. I have continued to watch and support them as they progressed to playing County Junior squash and then on to playing in the County adult leagues. The saying goes if you can’t beat them, join them!! I became treasurer of the Junior Committee around 2002 and then on to treasurer of the Senior Committee in 2014.

Welfare

Dinah Andrews

Like so many, I played squash years ago at ‘The Racecourse’ with more enthusiasm than talent! After a break, came back to the game when my husband and two sons began playing at Norton. Over time, it became our family’s main sport. Both boys have played in the club leagues and for the county at various age groups, one progressing to play for England in Team European Championships – which they won! I have definitely watched a lot of squash but I couldn’t possibly reach their standard playing. However, I run our club’s ladies team and the county Ladies Friendly League and am Safeguarding person for Norton and the county. I have served on the committee for several years.


Juniors

Nick Collins

My squash career started at West Hartlepool nearly 40 years since. I moved to Norton when West closed and have been actively involved in the committee ever since. For the last 10 years I have toured the country with David at junior tournaments and 2 years ago became the County Junior Chairman. I have actively promoted the junior scene in the county with great support from many of the parents. Might even get back to playing team squash in 2018/19 season.

Committee Members

Ian Hilton

I started playing squash at the age of 7 as both of my parents were active squash players.

I represented my county at all Junior age groups U12, U14, U16 & U19 as it was then, and became county champion at every age group.

Weekends were spent with the family traveling the country playing junior tournaments and making long life friends.

I had the privilege of representing my Senior County team at the age of 15 and went on to represent my County for many years after.

I now manage & play for the Senior County team and also manage and play for the Over 35 County team.

My home club is Bannatynes Durham where I manage and play for the first team. At the ripe old age of 40 I'm hoping there are still a few miles left in the legs.

Dave Thomas

I started playing squash in 1979 age 20 (which probably explains the lack of any technique) and played my first game for Yarm the following year. 2018/19 will be the 38th consecutive year I have represented them in the Durham and Cleveland leagues.  15 years ago I became involved with the Juniors as my son Andy battled for a position, travelling around the Country to various venues, most notably the Northern Cup. He now lives in Exeter and plays Team Squash for his local club.Recent years have seen me become more involved in Team coordination at Yarm. Injury problems (knees, like many others.....) have seen me swap my main sporting interest to cycling, I love both road and mountain biking and spend many hours now I’m retired, enjoying both.


Linda Coleby

Have been a member of Darlington Squash Club for “years” and enjoyed playing for the ladies team.  Over recent years have done a bit of coaching with ladies which resulted in Teams being entered in the Ladies Friendly League and also enjoyed coaching youngsters.  It’s a great accessible sport – long may it continue!

Louise Mawson

I began playing squash at a young age, following in the family footsteps of my dad and brother. From there I was hooked, I competed for the Durham and Cleveland County at all junior age groups, and currently co-captain the ladies senior squad.

Danny Hockborn

I started my relationship with squash at the age of 5 when introduced to the game by my father, Mark. Since then, I have played in various competitions across the world, peaking at 214 in the world at the age of 20 before a string of injuries. I am 3 times D&C men’s county champion and have 15 club championship titles across 3 clubs. I now sit on Norton’s club committee as well as the county committee.