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When:

Fri 8 Aug 2008–Sun 10 Aug 2008, 12:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Bayview Shopping Centre and Mt Maunagui Squas, 51 Miro Street, Mt Maunganui

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Warren Patterson

Mt Maunganui Sports Club has announced the Mt Maunganui Festival of Squash, which will feature some of the world's best players competing on a glass court at the Bayfair Shopping Centre. An open tournament will run along side the international event.

Malaysians Ong Beng Hee (world #11) and Mohd Azlan Iskander (#13) have been confirmed in the men's event, along with New Zealand's Kashif Shuja (#42), while Ireland's Madeline Perry (#16) joins Shelley Kitchen (#7) and New Zealand's other top female stars in the women's draw. Another top 10 player will also be confirmed shortly.

The event has been made possible through sponsorship and support from the Bayfair Shopping Centre, Delta Corporation and Squash New Zealand.

“Bayfair Shopping Centre is extremely excited to be part of such an innovative event and looks forward to hosting the worlds top players in our centre” said Bayfair Centre Manager Andrew Wadsworth.

Squash NZ CEO Mike Thompson says the national body is thrilled to add its support to the event. He says it is a great way to promote the sport to the general public “NZ hasn't seen a squash event of this nature since the early 1990's, and the ability to take squash into a shopping centre allows us to connect to a wider audience which is very exciting for our sport”

The exhibition is free to view.

The entry fee for NZ players in the open tournament portion is $30.00.