Squash legend Angela Difford dies

2016-08-24 06:00
Local squash legend Angela Difford passed away after a suffering a fall last week. Here she was photographed in 2013 during a coaching session at the EC Training Centre.       PHOTO: THEO J     JEPTHA

Local squash legend Angela Difford passed away after a suffering a fall last week. Here she was photographed in 2013 during a coaching session at the EC Training Centre. PHOTO: THEO J JEPTHA

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LOCAL squash legend, Angela Difford (91) passed away last week Thursday after being admitted to hospital with broken neck vertebrae after a fall at home.

Her funeral service was held at the St John’s Anglican Church in Walmer, yesterday morning.

Difford, who is well-known for her work in the development of squash in the province, was a former South African squash player and national selector.

She was still actively involved in coaching.

EP Squash said on their facebook page that Difford was a pioneer for squash in the province who shaped and developed players of all ages and colours.

In a post on Squash SA’s website she was described as “An extra special person who has left an impression on each and everyone one and lived life to the full and gave her heart to squash.

“On Friday she drove the development players to Uitenhage and on Monday was still coaching at 91.”

Squash SA also awarded her recently at their annual awards ceremony with the Ina Ackermann Memorial award for her contribution to women’s squash, as well as the Merit Award which is given to an administrator who has served the game with distinction at club, provincial or national level.

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