A much loved and well known member of the Squash Wales team, Roy Gingell is moving on to pastures new. Below is a statement from Richard Bennett, the Chairman of Squash Wales, and below that you’ll find our more informal chat with Roy about Squash and what’s next in his career.
Statement From Richard Bennett
Monday 10th July sees the the team at Squash Wales bidding farewell to one of our longest serving employees as Roy Gingell embarks on a new chapter in his squash officiating career with WSF and PSA.
Primarily known to many as a referee, behind the scenes Roy has been the Operations Manager at Squash Wales for 3 years and we are incredibly grateful for his invaluable contribution to the growth of the organisation.
Building on our 2020 strategy, Roy has overseen the transition of our membership system and built a solid relationships with court providers across Wales alongside leading on safeguarding/
Roy’s infectious enthusiasm and approachable nature have made him a trusted mentor and friend to many within our organisation. His unwavering belief in the potential of our team members and his unwavering support have inspired everyone to reach further, on and off the court.
As we bid farewell to Roy, we acknowledge that his departure leaves a void that will not be easily filled and the Squash Wales Board of Directors and staff team have moved quickly to ensure it will be business as usual for members and partners whilst we plan for the future.
On behalf the board, staff, members and supporters of Squash Wales we wish Roy all the best for his continuing squash officiating career
Richard Bennett, Chair , Squash Wales
Roy Gingell: Squash Stories
Interview conducted by Alex Jeffers
Alex Jeffers: Hello Roy, thank you for joining us today. We are sad to see you leave your role as the Operations Manager of Squash Wales, but we are excited for your new position as the WSO (World Squash Officiating) Professional Referee and Development lead, one of the first professional Squash referees in Squash . As a squash legend, your career has been filled with remarkable achievements and contributions to the sport. Can you share some highlights that can inspire us all?
Roy Gingell: Thank you for the kind words. It has been an incredible journey, and I’ve had the privilege of experiencing some unforgettable moments in my career. Been privileged to travel the World refereeing the Sport I love ,refereed at some iconic venues, and having the best seat along the way. I’ve been to 6 Commonwealth Games, many more World and European Championships and refereed over 100 major event finals
AJ: As a boy growing up in Maesteg, what initially drew you to begin playing squash?
RG: Growing up, I was always an active individual, and I had a strong passion for sports Initially Cricket ,where I played at a really good level. When I was 17 I was introduced by squash via one of my sisters and her partner who actually built the Squash Club in Maesteg .It was there I started playing. I was made captain of our first ever team ,It was at this time I got qualified both as a referee as a coach .That was back in 1979-80.
AJ: Throughout your career, you’ve also been heavily involved in refereeing. What words of wisdom would you like to share with our Welsh Refs or anyone aspiring to become a Ref one day?
RG: Throughout my refereeing journey, as a referee assessor and tutor I have been known to instil some well-known tips and phrases.
“Fail to prepare prepare to fail.”
“It’s the referees performance that’s on show and not their personality”
are two that spring to mind to take on board.
It’s really good practice to reflect on your matches and learn from your mistakes, there will be lots of clues to reflect on.
As with other sports if the players cannot remember who refereed their match -to me that’s a real good indicator that the ref has done a good job.
AJ: Lastly, Roy, what’s next for you? Could you share a bit about your new role as Professional referee and Development Lead?
RG: As a professional Squash referee and development lead with WSO, I will be responsible for overseeing the officiating standards and development of referees in the sport of squash at the elite World Level .As well as officiating in a lot more events during the squash season.
It’s an exciting opportunity for me to continue to contribute to the growth of WSO and the professionalism of refereeing in squash worldwide . I’m looking forward to working closely with referees, players, and officials from the various member nations, to improve the understanding of the game and together, we will strive to uphold fairness, integrity, and consistency in the sport.
It’s a new and exciting challenge, with my experience and knowledge I will look to continue to develop the officiating sport that has given me so much joy.
AJ: Thanks Roy and all the best for your future at the WSO