Rachael Grinham to Spearhead Australian Team

Experienced Queenslander Rachael Grinham will spearhead the Australian team for the Women’s World Teams Championships in the French city of Nimes in November.

Grinham, 35, who will be playing at the Championships for the fourth time in her distinguished career, was a key part of the Australian team that won the crown the last time it was played in New Zealand in 2010.

She is joined in the squad by fellow 2010 teammate Donna Urquhart as well as newcomers Melody Francis and Sarah Cardwell.

Francis was a member of the Australian team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and also played for Australia at the 2008 World University Championships in Cairo, while Cardwell has represented her country at Under 19 and Under 21 levels.

The team will be coached by Australian squash legend Sarah Fitz-Gerald.

“Rachael led from the front in 2010 as our number one, her experience will be a key aspect of this year’s women’s ream. She will be well supported by Donna Urquhart who also returns from the 2010 World Champions roster,” Squash Australia CEO Gary O’Donnell said.

“Melody has the 2010 Delhi Games ‘under her belt’ and Sarah this year’s U21 World Cup, but this will be their debut at the Senior Women’s Championships.

“It is a challenging task for each of the girls and a test of Australia’s playing depth.”

The championships will be held in Nimes from November 12-17 where three all-glass courts will be used for the first time at any tournament

Twenty-six national teams will take part in the championships, including debutants Argentina, Namibia and South Korea.

The team
Rachael Grinham (Toowoomba)
Age: 35
Lives: Brisbane
Current world ranking: 15
Best world ranking: 1
Career Titles: 31
Career Highlights: World Open 2007, British Open 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, Australian Open 2005

Donna Urquhart (Yamba, NSW)
Age: 25

Lives: Brisbane
Current world ranking: 17
Best world ranking: 13
Career Titles: 7
Career Highlights: Crocodile Challenge Cup (Hong Kong) 2012, Indian Challenger 2011, Top End Open 2009, Australia Day Challenge 2008

Melody Francis (Melbourne)
Age: 23
Lives: Melbourne
Current world ranking: 50
Best world ranking 34
Career Titles: 6
Career Highlights: Barossa Valley Open 2012, Victorian Open 2011, South Australian Open 2011, Australia Day Challenge 2011

Sarah Cardwell (Melbourne)
Age: 21
Lives: Melbourne
Current world ranking: 55
Best world ranking: 54

Career Titles: 1
Career Highlights: Australia Day Challenge 2012, Australian Junior Champion 2010, Australian Under 17 Champion 2008

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