Squash lost a legend when in 2004 at the age of 49 he died suddenly of a heart attack.The longest women's match was 1 hour 57 minutes, with 90 seconds between games and with a 5 minute warm up the match lasted a total of 2 hours 7 minutes. It was played in 1981 at Mayfair Parkway in Toronto in the Final of the Women's World Championships between Rhonda Thorne now Clayton and Vicki Hoffman now Cardwell. This match also had a tragic outcome, the loss of the friendship between these two fellow Australians. Vicki was fine all the time she was No1 in the World and Rhonda her training partner and team mate, was No2 but the moment that was reversed, it seemed to be more than Vicki could accept. Emotionally it took years for Vicki to get to grips with this. So often this is the case in life when the status quo is upset the new order is not always readily accepted. This match even changed Rhonda, who having achieved the goal she had strived for, for so long, she lost some of her competitive edge and retired a couple of years later after the 1983 Women's World Squash Championships in Australia. Again this is not uncommon in life to focus and drive towards a goal once achieved, resetting a new destination is often very challenging. Now most amateur matches are around 35 minutes for amateurs and 45 minutes for professionals. This means there has been a slight shift in the emotional and physical demands for competitors. Par scoring favours the opportunist and with shorter rallies the intensity must inevitably be high, any lapse in concentration will probably mean a point is scored, unlike international scoring where there might be only a loss of serve. However, be sure that anyone winning any major competition is going to have to focus, concentrate and gather up reserves of strength and courage to finally come out victorious. Barb Cooper is the only Level 5 Squash Coaching Canada and played for Great Britain as well as Canada. She has been National Coach to the Women's Squash Team in both Canada and the United Kingdom and competed on the professional squash circuit for 14 years. She then . adopted Canada as her home becoming the Head Squash Professional at Mayfair Lakeshore in Toronto Her particular expertise is the mental side of sport and particularly Squash Her long history with the game affords her insights that is not possible for others Visit to read other articles and check out her book DoubleUp written to help athletes reach their performance potential by understanding and engaging all their emotional potential. The book is a practical guide to build emotional strength when both training and in difficult match situations.