A chance to take on squash star in Sudbury

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RECENTLY-RETIRED England European and world team championship medalist Tania Bailey will be putting her reputation on the line at Sudbury Sports Centre next Friday.

The former world number four Commonwealth silver medal holder, who also captained her country, will be taking on challengers at the town’s only squash courts from 7pm to 10pm as part of a special appearance to promote the facilities.

Bailey, 32, from Stamford, was forced to announce her retirement from the professional game in January this year after a series of injuries that includes hip surgery and three operations on her knee.

The former English champion is now embarking on a new career in coaching and will be taking on members of the public at the event at Sudbury Upper School as well as answering questions about her time at the top of the sport, including winning a world junior title and rising to fourth in the world in 2003.

Anyone wishing to play against Bailey, for a fee of £10, can do so by contacting Kyle Tanner by emailing: ktanner@sus.suffolk.sch.uk or through the sports centre on 01787 373132. Spectators will be required to pay £6 and food will be available on the evening for an additional cost.