Squash: Davy Rogan honoured at local awards

19 05 2009

Davy Rogan

Davy Rogan

The club’s Davy Rogan was last week honoured at the 2009 Nithsdale Sports Council awards where, for squash, he won the McMurdo Award for service to local sport.

He is currently the Scottish National over 70’s and over 75’s Squash Champion for 2009 and puts everyone’s dates for sporting retiral into stark perspective.

An extract from the nomination written by the squash section is reproduced below.

Davy’s illustrious sports career began in 1954! He was a keen and talented badminton player and success came to him in the 50’s when, as a junior, he retained the South of Scotland Senior Singles Champion title for 8 years. He then won the Scottish under 21 singles and doubles titles in 1954 and represented Scotland against Ireland and senior Scottish team vs The RAF.

In 1978 he won the Veterans Gents doubles national title and from 1954-1957 he represented the RAF.

Squash
His squash career began aged 43 when he changed sport as his daughter Tracey showed great talent as a junior squash player. Davy’s transition to squash from badminton was seamless and he played club squash from that time to this.

Davy Rogan on Border TV

Davy Rogan on Border TV

4 years ago, aged 71, Davy was invited to represent Scotland in the over 70’s team against the other home nations. His talent with the racquet and agility on court made him an obvious number one.

He has played in the Scottish Squash Masters Circuit since then playing 5 tournaments each year around Scotland. Last year 2008 he won the National over 70’s title.

Season 2008-2009
This season 2008-2009 he has, despite now being 75, managed to achieve semi final status in the West and East of Scotland over 70’s Opens. In February he won the Central Scotland over 70’s Masters Title and in early March he retained the Scottish National over 70’s Masters title and added the over 75’s title to that.

He is now a double national champion and due to lead his team at the upcoming home internationals in Nottingham.

Davy is an inspiration to all of us. He is one of the nicest men you could ever meet. He is polite and shows great humility both on court and off. He is a talented sportsman and has demonstrated that age should not be a barrier to remaining active and competitive even once you are over 70.

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