Today marks a milestone for inclusivity, diversity, equity and acceptance in the global squash community.
The June 2017 issue of Squash Magazine appears today online and in subscriber’s mailboxes this weekend. It includes a feature article by executive editor James Zug entitled “Love is Love is Love: Jenny Duncalf & Rachael Grinham—Champions on Court, Pioneers Off Court.”
The article is a lengthy profile of the two women. Duncalf, the world No.29 from England, and Grinham, the world No.30 from Australia, are longtime members of the PSA World Tour. Both are legendary players with numerous tournament wins that anchor their exemplary careers. In addition, Duncalf is the president of the women’s division of the PSA board, a commentator on SquashTV and a tournament emcee; and Grinham is pointing towards making history at Gold Coast 2018 next April where she hopes to medal in a record fifth Commonwealth Games in softball doubles.
The article also discusses their relationship, how their romance developed on tour and has led them to live together first in Yorkshire, England and now in Brisbane, Australia.
It is the first time an active squash professional has openly come out as gay in public.
“These days with the pace of news and change in the world, the narrative of personal stories are ‘mainstreamed’ very quickly, making them less personal in some ways and obscuring the fact that they are so often individually courageous,” said Kevin Klipstein, president and CEO of US Squash, the publisher of Squash Magazine. “Jenny and Rachael’s journeys and their story together may help us all take a step back and recognize that courage and leadership come in many shapes and forms, and even in simply being yourself.”
“We should all be so lucky to find a partner in life to celebrate the good times and be there for each other in the difficult times, no matter the gender,” said Alicia McConnell, the director of training sites and partnerships at the United States Olympic Committee and a former world No.14. “As Martin Luther King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I believe that denying or hiding a part of who you are diminishes your full potential. I was afraid and self conscious for years and tried to ignore the homophobia around me. It is so different today. I appreciate all those before me that fought for their rights and those today who live their lives freely. Way to go, Jenny and Rachael.”