The Wanderers Squash Club
A Tribute to SHEENA WORWOOD
Sheena Worwood, a member of The Wanderers Club for 53 years, died suddenly in April 2022.
Sheena joined the club in 1969 and became an Honorary Member of The Wanderers Club in 2019. Sheena graduated in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand and lectured in the Psychology department from 1970 to 1984.
In more recent years, Sheena was in local, private practice as a Counselling Psychologist.
Squash was a major part of Sheena’s life and she was an enthusiastic competitor in local, national and international tournaments.
Sheena represented The Wanderers Squash Club in the Gauteng Ladies 1st League for many years.
But her main achievements were in the Masters Squash category from the age of 45. She played in many Masters Inter-Provincial tournaments around South Africa, representing Gauteng in the Ladies 1st teams.
Sheena played in six SA Masters Nationals events, reaching the finals in each case and winning two of them.
The pinnacle of Sheena’s achievements was in the World Masters Championships, competing in nine events worldwide. In each case she at least reached the quarter-finals.
In 2010, Sheena beat England’s Norma Fulling in the finals of the WSF World Masters Championships in Cologne, Germany, to become World Masters Champion in the O65 age group.
In 2014, Sheena played in the O70 age group of the World Masters Championships in Hong Kong, losing in the finals to compatriot Jean Grainger after five games.
Sheena’s last international match was at Charlottesville, Virginia, USA in 2018. She lost her match in the O70 quarter-finals but went on to beat Bett Dyhurst of England to win the Consolation Finals in five games.
Sheena will be most remembered by her friends and fellow squash players at The Wanderers for her enthusiasm in taking part in the many social squash events such as The Wanderers Handicap tournament (which she won in 2018) and the annual “Chamber Challenge”.
Sheena was a regular player in the social doubles games on a Wednesday evening and would always join the group afterwards in the Spinners bar for a beer or two. Quietly spoken, she would listen attentively and always interject in a conversation with some pertinent remark or a sample of her quick wit.
Sheena will be missed by her friends and club members and always be remembered for her achievements.
Summary of Sheena Worwood’s squash achievements.
|1990||SA Masters||O45||Finals||Won. Bt Dawn Kaiser 3-1.|
|1991||SA Masters||O45||Finals||Runner Up to I Fyfe.|
|2004||SA Masters||O50||Finals||Runner Up to P Douglas|
|2007||SA Masters||O55||Finals||Won. Bt H Schlebusch.|
|2010||SA Masters||O60||Finals||Runner Up to Jean Grainger.|
|2016||SA Masters||O60||Finals||Runner Up to Shirley Whitmore.|
|INTERNATIONAL EVENTS – World Masters|
|1997||Johannesburg||O50||Semis||Lost to Winner, Bett Dryhurst.|
|1999||Sheffield, GBR||O55||Quarters||Lost to winner, Jean Grainger|
|2006||Cape Town||O60||Quarters||Lost to Liz Pratten.|
|2008||Christchurch, NZL||O65||Quarters||Lost to Patsy Fleming.|
|2010||Cologne, DEU||O65||Finals||Won. Bt Norma Fulling (GBR) in 4 games.|
|2012||Birmingham, GBR||O65||Quarters||Lost to Kaye Jackson (NZL).|
|2014||Hong Kong||O70||Finals||Runner‑up to Jean Grainger in 5 games.|
|2016||Johannesburg||O70||Semis||Beat Jean Grainger in 4 games to take Bronze.|
|2018||Charlottesville, USA||O70||Quarters||Lost to Ann Manley (GBR).|
|———-“————||O70||Cons. Finals||Won. Bt Bett Dryhurst (GBR)
in 5 games.