One day when I was cleaning the 5-shelve space where my (around 100) squash trophies are situated, I realized that there was no more space for another one!!!What a pity, I realized!! I guess that my squash career is over now!!
Well, I’m just kidding!
The truth is that in the last few months the thought of my retirement from squash tournaments, came to my mind several times. The reasons are many and they all lead to this decision.
During the last 2 years, I have some problems with my knees. Problems that prevent me from doing a proper high level training session .Problems that they prevent me to play my best, or around my best. As I play at this high level for many years and as I’m a perfectionist, I can’t stand it, I can’t compromise.Moreover,in the last couple of years there is luck of ambition, I’m not exciting as in the past, when I play tournaments in Greece. I don’t feel anything when I step on court.
Finally, my son Odysseus is developing his career in tennis and has to play many tournaments in Greece and abroad and I have to support him accompany him many times, so I’m totally focused to this project.
In my squash life, I achieved so much more than I‘ve ever thought, when at the age of 13, I started playing squash. I worked hard for these. I sacrificed many things, but I gained experience, traveling the world, I gained trophies and great happiness.
So, I decided that Balkan team championships 2015 will be my last tournament. I don’t feel bad, but feel fulfilled and relieved.
I will focus more on my career as a squash coach. I love so much coaching juniors at school, as well as adults. As I do it for many years, I learn every day new things, I give them every day my knowledge, my skills, my experience, my technique. But what I want most is to contribute to the Women’s national team to be as strong without me. I will work with the existing members of national team with a plan so as to achieve more trophies in the future. I will focus finding new young girls and develop them so as to be ready to compete with the National team.
Do I have a complain? Only one. That I felt that my hard work and my achievements were not really recognized by my country, and I was honored only by another country, France. I was upset by that, but I realized that there are other Greeks, even in squash, that their work is recognized by another country. So, I think it’s normal. Greek squash players deserve some respect and recognition in Greece. They were the people that introduced so many people in squash.
Finally, I’d like to tell to every promising Greek female player to work hard, hit the ball hard and try to get better, so as to win many tournaments in our country or abroad. And if she will be one day selected for the National team to represent our country to the Europeans or Balkans or I hope someday …Worlds , to give her very best and try to win, because she represents all Greeks. Also she must be united with the other members, as a fist. This is the Great Greek female squash team after all!!!!The team that played so many Europeans, the team that is 4th in Europe in 2015 div3, the team that brought home two Balkan team trophies and today one second place!!I am very proud that I participated in that wonderful team from the moment that it first composed, till today!!!! I love you girls!!!
I love you all Greek squashers .I will come to watch your terrific matches!!I’ll watch your progress. I’m so happy that Peft is working so hard for Greek squash organizing so many tournaments!!I Also I thank Efoa and especially Mr Barletis , Mr Samanudi and Mr Pasaliadis for their significant contribution the national team . Finally, I hope that the problems in Greek squash will be solved someday. I waited for this for 33 years…..