New Zealand Squash Hall of Fame
Jade Wilson - 2013 Inductee Jade Wilson Our Greatest Junior

New Zealand has produced superb junior players, Stuart Davenport, Susan Devoy and Glen Wilson among them. But only one New Zealander has won a world junior title – Jade Wilson, at Sydney in 1995. The Wellingtonian always looked a potential champion, but converting talent into results is inevitably the challenge. She was brilliant at the 1993 world juniors when, only 16, she reached the individual semi-finals and was unbeaten in the teams event. By 1995, coached expertly by Barrie Matthews, she was ready and beat future world No 1s Salma Shabana and Rachael Grinham – both in straight games - to secure the world title. It was a glorious day for New Zealand squash. Sadly, Wilson never climbed as high again. She reached a national final and No 18 in the world rankings, but the bubbly teenager lost her way and, tragically, committed suicide in May 1998.

Click here to view the Gallery
Jade Wilson