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Geoff Hunt what a Legend

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Published: 21 Apr 2006 - 07:46 by rippa rit

Updated: 23 Apr 2006 - 14:05

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What a contribution when, at 59 years of age,  is still contributing to squash throughout the world and will use his experience to set up the Qatar Squash Institute. Geoff's career highlights:

"Geoff Hunt, without doubt Australia’s most prolific male squash athlete, won every major international tournament during a glittering career.
He blazed the global squash scene winning three World Amateur Championships in 1967, 69 and 71 and won the inaugural World Open in 1976 before collecting three further World Open titles, in 1977, 79 and 80.
He complemented these victories with eight British Open Championships in 1969, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 and 81. During these glory years he remained as world No.1 from 1975 to 80.
He went on to represent Australia three times as an athlete at the World Teams Championships in 1967, 69 and 71, then as a manager/coach.
He won the Australian Open eight times - in 1971, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 and 81.
Hunt, who won 178 of the 215 tournaments he contested, has been honoured by the World Squash Federation, being inducted into the WSF Hall of Fame as well as the Squash Australia Hall of Fame as a “Legend”. He has also been inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame.
Hunt began playing squash at the age of 12 and won his first State championship, the 1962 Victorian junior title, at the age of 15. The following year he won the Australian Junior Championship and his first open event, the Victorian State Championship. In 1965, at 18, he became the youngest player in history to win the Australian national title.
His services to squash and sport have been acknowledged by the Australian Government on two occasions when he received the decorations of the MBE and AM."squash game squash extras How to add images to Members' Forum posts and replies here...

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From Viper - 23 Apr 2006 - 10:13

Thanks Rita, I wonder what year that would have been ?

Did you get him to sign on here and post by any chance ?

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From rippa rit - 23 Apr 2006 - 00:01

Geoff's last pro match was against Jahangir Khan in Chitchester, England, where he was defeated to 8 points in a match that lasted 1hour30mins.

Not a bad match for a lousy 8 points!

Report on Australia Squash Awards later, and I need to look at the pictures I took as well to get it all together.

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From Viper - 22 Apr 2006 - 14:55

Please ask him, say Viper is interested

Would love to here a report on how it goes tonight.

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From rippa rit - 22 Apr 2006 - 10:23

Viper - you ask awkward questions.  Dunno but if I think I will ask him at the Australian Squash Awards tonight.  He has very good memories recorded of his feats.
He is still playing and able to play with the Institute Women, so that is pretty good considering he has two resurfaced hips which he is very happy with too.

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From Viper - 22 Apr 2006 - 10:17

When and who against was his last match on the tour and did he win ?

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