When you think of New Zealand’s elite squash players the name Campbell Grayson has been front of mind for almost two decades.
The 34-year-old has competed at four Commonwealth Games and spent a staggering 17 years (half of his life) on the Professional Squash Association’s World Tour.
Now, the Auckland born athlete has decided to hang up his racquet and call time on his competitive career.
"I feel like it’s the right time for me to move on with my life,” said Grayson.
“It’s been a difficult decision and one that I have thought about a lot, but I’m proud that I gave my career a real go. I trained hard, chased tournaments and points all over the world but physically my body isn’t 100 percent anymore which makes it hard to compete at my best.”
Grayson reached a career-high ranking of 24 in the world earlier in the year and claimed an impressive 14 titles on the World Tour.
He competed at the Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014, and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where he put in solid performances and came close to medal rounds on several occasions.
“The Commonwealth Games were the pinnacles of my career, I could never really sleep the night before going into the village, it was so exciting.
“I loved being part of the squash team but also part of the wider New Zealand Team, everything about the Games was always such a thrill.”
Grayson has been coaching as a touring pro for the last six years in the United States and is currently working in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"I enjoy coaching and I’m looking forward to doing it in a full-time capacity. I’m excited to stay in the sport. I love the game and I want to help grow the sport.”
And, although Grayson’s enjoying a bit more rest and relaxation time, he’s refusing to rule out coming out of retirement for a fifth Commonwealth Games, at Birmingham 2022.
“Hah! If I’m still able to make the team and fend the young guys off without taking any opportunities away from them I would definitely be keen!”Commonwealth Games