Nick Matthew, three-time world squash champion, ‘humbled’ at receiving OBE

Three-time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew was officially awarded his OBE at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis
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Three-time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew Photo: Handout

Nick Matthew, the most successful English squash player of all time with 33 PSA World Tour titles, three Commonwealth Games gold medals and seven British National titles to his name, was today awarded an OBE for services to squash at Buckingham Palace by Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne.

The 35-year-old Matthew from Sheffield attended the royal appointment with his family.

He said of the award: “I feel completely humbled. It goes without saying it’s a massive honour for me personally but it’s also great to see squash recognised. Today’s ceremony will certainly be something I’ll never forget.

“My wife, friends and family have all been so incredibly excited since it was announced in the summer. I really do have them all to thank for helping me through the good and the bad times as a professional athlete. I don’t think I could have achieved as much without their unwavering support.”

Matthew’s achievements have also been recognised by the sport’s national governing body, England Squash and Racketball.

Chief executive Keir Worth said: “We are all incredibly proud to see Nick collect his accolade today. He is one of the world’s greatest ever squash players and has been an impeccable role model for the sport across the globe.

“We are honoured to have a player like Nick represent England and we’re sure he’ll continue to inspire the next generation of squash players in this country.”

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