Brian Chard stalwart of Squash

 It is with sadness that Squash Central announces the passing in September of one of its older stalwarts and past members of Kawaroa Park, New Plymouth – Brian Chard, or better known as Chardy.

Chardy's introduction to Squash was in the early 70's and came about by working for a local sports shop  'Cook & Lister' run by Peter Powell a then member of KP, he worked his way up to become A Grade, he was a tenacious player and had a lovely touch. He was determined to win and would never give up, what was remarkable was that in his latter playing years he managed to compete with not one but two sets of replacement hips, it was when he got his third set in the late 90`s that he finally called it a day playing squash, but then turned his hand to Bowls and Golf!

Chard's contribution to Squash history was firstly as a player, he was a member of the KP team which was Runner up in the 1974 Cousin Shield, playing along side Richard Purser, Murray Lilley, Greame Bowen, Kevin Mouat & Steve Kardos.

He also represented the then Central Districts in their Senior team at the height of his career and won an age group title at Central Masters.

His contribution as a manager was also considerable several graded eliminations teams ( known today as Superchamps )  also notable , Chardy was manager of the Mens B grade team of 1985 when they were runners up at the National B grade Final.  Chardy managed the Central Senior team for 11 years from 1988 - 1999. He also managed the CD triangular Senior team and the CD Masters team. 

Brian also attained a National Level 2 Squash Referee qualification during his time as a player.

Our thoughts go out to his family, primarily to his wife Carol who became a masters squash champion in her own right and Life Member of KP and to another ex KP member his son Scott.

Central and KP were well represented at the funeral with many past Presidents and life members in attendance.

 

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