As we get close to rounding out our profiles on our players competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and our #LoveSquash campaign, today we look at Lance Beddoes and where he has come from to get selected for the second time to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.
In 2003 Lance stormed onto the Junior scene claiming the Under 11 Junior Age Group titles in the NZ Junior Age Groups, South Island Age Groups and North Island Age Groups. It would be a while before Beddoes would see his next Age Group title claiming the Under 13 South Island Junior Age Group title in 2005. In 2007 It was the Under 15 Junior Age Group Titles in both the North Island and NZ Junior Age Group Events that Beddoes would take home to his shelf. In 2008 it was the Under 17 North Island Age Group that would see Lance Beddoes engraved in it forever before 2009 would see Lance take the Under 17 NZ Junior Age Group title. In 2009 Lance took the Under 19 North Island Junior Age Group title before 2 years later sealing the 2011 Under 19 NZ Junior Age Group Title. In 2014 Beddoes took the Under 23 Age Group title after seeing the event come back on the calendar after an extended break.
It was in 2010 that Lance got selected for the World Junior Mens Championship team to compete in Quito, Ecuador where Lance finished in the top 32 of the event and helped the team to get a 6th place finish in the teams event. Lance next represented New Zealand in 2014 at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where he was paired with Paul Coll in the Men’s Doubles event. In 2017 Lance put the Silver Fern on to compete at the World Doubles Championships in Manchester, England where this time he was paired with Evan Williams for the Men’s Doubles event.
Beddoes first PSA World Tour Title came in 2016 at the Bega Open. Beddoes will be hunting that next PSA World Tour title which is sure to be around the corner.
Gold Coast 2018 will be Lance’s second Commonwealth Games and he will compete in the Men’s Doubles (with Evan Williams). Lance was born in Auckland and splits his time during the year between Auckland and the United Kingdom. Lance is currently coached by Hadrian Stiff, he is 25 yrs old and is of NZ European ethnicity.
We look forward to what the dynamic duo of Lance Beddoes and Evan Williams will bring for the 2018 Gold Coast games.