It is with regret that the WSA World Tour must announce that Tim Garner will step down as Tour Director at the end of June.
Tim has had a significant influence on the women’s game during his two highly successful years in the role. He has been involved with all aspects of the Tour, in particular the rebrand from WISPA to WSA and the introduction of the WSA World Series events, as well as helping to establish a closer working relationship with all the stake-holders, particularly the PSA World Tour.
He now feels that he cannot dedicate enough time to the position, given his other duties in the squash world. Tim said: “It has been a tough decision to make as I have really enjoyed working with WSA and its Board & members.
“However, having been involved in the World Series Finals, Canary Wharf Classic & British Open in recent months I realised that it is almost impossible for me to perform the Tour Director duties to a level that the players deserve on a part-time basis.”
Tim will still be a regular face in the squash world, as his company Eventis Sports Marketing Ltd will continue to be heavily involved behind the scenes with a number of tournament fixtures on the WSA World Tour calendar.
“I feel that I can help them all more by being involved in squash in a different capacity,” he explains. “And the association will be better served by having someone else in the Tour Director position whose sole focus is the WSA.”
The role of Tour Director will be filled by former world No25 Suzie Pierrepont for the interim period while the search for a permanent candidate is under way. Already a WSA board member and with eight years of experience on the WSA World Tour, Suzie is seen as an ideal candidate for temporarily filling the role.
She said: “Tim leaving the WSA is obviously a huge loss for the tour, but I am excited to continue the work that he and the dedicated board of directors have been doing.
“I look forward to reconnecting with many of our members in my new position. It is a privilege to be able to make good use of my experiences as a player and all squash related work I have been involved with.”
WSA World Tour Chairman and acting CEO Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer paid tribute to Tim, for not just his contribution to the WSA but also from a personal point of view. “Tim has been fantastic for the WSA during the last two years, in spite of only working part-time for us. The expertise he has brought to the Tour Director position has been instrumental to many of the changes the WSA World Tour has needed, and I will miss his wise counsel in business as well as personally.”
“However, he leaves after having helped us establish a very good base from which we can move forward. I have no doubt that Suzie will be excellent in stepping into the role, and we wish Tim every success for the future.”