Campbell Grayson has one of the most extensive histories of our 2018 Commonwealth Games team having been on the International circuit for over 10 years and having competed at numerous levels and claiming a plethora of titles to his name, but where did it all start? We take a look back as part of our #LoveSquash campaign.
Campbell started playing squash at the age of 9 out in West Auckland (Titirangi) after his Dad introduced him and his brothers to the game. The rest you could say is history as Campbell proceeded to claim the Under 13 NZ Junior Age Group Titles in 1997 and 1998 along with the South Island Age Group Under 13 title in 1998, the 2000 Under 15 NZ Junior Age Group Title, the 2001 and 2002 Under 17 North Island Age Group Title and the 2002 Under 17 NZ Junior Age Group Title, 2003 North Island Age Group Under 19 title and the 2004 North Island and NZ Junior Age Groups titles in the Under 19 division. To go along with these title in 2004 Campbell also claimed the 2004 New Zealand Junior Open title. It’s needless to say that Campbell’s Junior career is full of a number of impressive achievements.
Campbell also has 3 North Island Senior Championships titles to his name winning these titles in 2008, 2010 and 2012 alongside the 2012 South Island Senior Championships title and the 2010 and 2012 New Zealand Senior Nationals Men’s Championship titles.
2004 is when Campbell made his first International appearance for New Zealand when he competed in a Trans-Tasman Test Series against Australia. That same year he made an appearance in the World Junior Men’s Championship team where the team competed in Islamabad, Pakistan. A year later Campbell would return to Islamabad this time competing for the New Zealand Senior Men’s Team. Campbell has made regular appearances in New Zealand representative teams since then competing in the 2006 World Doubles Championships (Melbourne, Australia), 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, Australia), 2007 World Senior Men’s Team Championships (Chennai, India), 2009 World Senior Men’s Team Championships (Odense, Denmark), 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India), 2011 World Senior Men’s Team Championships (Paderborn, Germany), 2013 World Senior Men’s Team Championships (Mullhouse, France), 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland), 2016 World Doubles Championships (Darwin, Australia), 2017 World Doubles Championships (Manchester, England) and the 2017 World Senior Men’s Team Championships (Marseille, France).
Grayson had been competing on the PSA World Tour Circuit for 5 years before he clinched his first title win in 2008 at the North Island Championships. Grayson’s next win would come a year later in 2009 at the NZ Classic where he would take out a long time rival Martin Knight to get his second PSA World Tour Title. 2011 saw Grayson claim the Goiania Powerade Open, whilst in 2012 Grayson claimed the Victorian Open and Prairie AutoHaus Saskatoon Boast. In 2013 Grayson took the Houston Open and the Victoria Open Titles bringing his PSA World Tour Title wins to 7. In 2014 Grayson made it 8 PSA World Tour Titles taking out the Las Vegas Open, he then repeated the feat in 2015 to bring his Tour Titles to 9. 2016 saw Grayson add 2 more titles to his mantelpiece taking the Manitoba Open and the Lifetime Chicago Open titles. Grayson claimed his last Tour Title in 2017 at home in Auckland at the Squash XL Open bringing his tour wins to date to 12.
Needless to say the achievements and history of Campbell Grayson are impressive with over 461 PSA World Tour matches to his names, Grayson reached his career high in October 2017 where he reached #34 in the world.
Gold Coast 2018 will be Campbell’s fourth Commonwealth Games where he will compete in the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles (with Paul Coll). Campbell currently bases himself in New York where he lives full time with his fiancé and is currently coached by Rodney Eyles.
The experience Campbell brings to this team will no doubt be of great use and we look forward to seeing what he can do at these games!