This Award was donated in 2004 by Rob Roche. It aims to recognise a valuable contribution to the delivery of Masters Squash in New Zealand - by player, coach, referee, administrator or any other person or club.
Rob Roche was a tireless leader in the small group who started masters squash in New Zealand in the early 1980s. His enthusiasm, locally and in group tours overseas, was infectious. In only a few years he and his group established national and regional tournaments with an annual home and away test series against Australia. Rob was also an accomplished and determined player winning two NZ Masters Championships.
It is awarded by the Squash New Zealand Masters Director - annually or as appropriate - and is presented at the National Masters Championships.
The Rob Roche Award for Meritorious Service to Masters Squash Winner: Ian Gunthorp
Dating back to 1989, Ian has been involved in the Masters squash. Since then he has represented his District a total of 17 times, during which his team has won the trophy 10 times. Ian has been a member of Remuera for 40 years and was the New Zealand Masters Tournament Director in 2004. He has been a Masters selector for many years and has travelled around the world to a range of World Masters squash events. Ian has also claimed three New Zealand Masters titles and was a member of the team that won gold at the World Masters Games in 2005.
|Year||Rob Roche Award Winner|
|2016||Ian Gunthorp, Auckland|
|2015||Kaye Jackson, Auckland|
|2014||Maurie Peters, Auckland|
|2013||Len and Pauline Stachurski, Central|
|2012||Trevor Colyer, Bay of Plenty|
|2011||Richard Purser, Auckland|
|2010||Judy Cooper, Waikato|
|2009||Barry Gardiner, Canterbury|
|2008||Len Reese, Canterbury|
|2007||Rob Roche, Auckland|
|2006||Sandra Tinkler, Wellington|
|2005||Jenny Webster, Auckland|
|2004||Gower Dallimore, Auckland|