A seven-player New Zealand squash team has been confirmed for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games featuring two of the best in the sport, current world No 1 Paul Coll and defending Commonwealth singles and doubles champion, Joelle King.

The team is:

  • Paul Coll – men’s singles, mixed doubles with Joelle King
  • Lwamba Chilese – men’s doubles, permission to start in men's singles
  • Temwa Chileshe – men’s doubles, permission to start in men's singles
  • Joelle King – women's singles, mixed doubles with Paul Coll, and women's doubles with Amanda Landers-Murphy
  • Amanda Landers-Murphy – women's doubles with Joelle King
  • Kaitlyn Watts – women's doubles with Abbie Palmer, permission to start in women's singles
  • Abbie Palmer – women's doubles with Kaitlyn Watts

King won three medals at the last edition of the Commonwealth Games. Gold in the women’s singles, gold in the women’s doubles alongside Amanda-Landers Murphy and bronze alongside Paul Coll in the mixed doubles.

“I’m very honoured to be selected for my fourth Commonwealth Games. At my first one at age 21 in Delhi, if you had told me then I would be going to my fourth games in Birmingham I would have laughed, but you know here I am 33 years young,” said King, the world No 5 ranked women’s player.
“I’m hoping to have another huge games for squash and I'm excited to be part of this team. We’ve got the three of us who have been there before and some youngsters coming through which is exciting to see them experience it for the first time. I'm looking forward to pulling the silver fern over my chest once again.”
Coll will be appearing in his third Commonwealth Games having played at Glasgow and Gold Coast where he claimed a silver in the men’s singles and bronze in the mixed with King.
“I’m very happy to be selected for third Commonwealth Games and I’m looking forward to heading to Birmingham where I spend a lot of time training with my coach, so it feels like a second home for me,” said Coll. “I can’t wait to pull on the silver fern again.”
At present both Coll and King are competing in major PSA tournaments in Egypt.
Another experienced team member is Amanda Landers-Murphy who will suit up for her third Games. The left-hander will play doubles with King, where she was the star of the final four years ago when the pair produced a gold medal.
New to the team are brothers, Lwamba and Temwa Chileshe who have recently spent six months training overseas with some of the world’s best, as well as representing New Zealand at the world doubles championship. 
Since returning home the pair have faced each other in the finals of the Barfoot & Thompson Panmure and Auckland Opens, with Lwamba 23 beating Temwa 21 on both occasions for the title.
Lwamba was born in Zambia but arrived in New Zealand as a youngster while Temwa was born in Christchurch. They currently reside in Hamilton and will play doubles together with places in the singles as well.
Also new to the team are Kaitlyn Watts and Abbie Palmer. Watts, 21 is one of eight siblings from the Manawatu (five brothers, two sisters).  She has been based in the northern hemisphere over the past six months training and playing in PSA events.
“It’s great to be selected in my first New Zealand team and I can’t wait to get to Birmingham and start competing in my first Commonwealth Games,” said Watts.
Both Watts and Palmer have represented New Zealand in team events, but this will be their first Commonwealth Games. Watts will also compete in the women’s singles.
Left-hander Palmer from the North Shore Club in Auckland will play doubles with Watts. Together at the World Doubles Champs they scored some good results.
Four years ago, the squash team finished with four medals; gold for King in singles, doubles with Landers-Murphy and mixed bronze with Coll. Coll also claiming a silver in men’s singles. Previously King claimed bronze in singles at Glasgow, silver in Dehli in mixed and gold in women’s doubles with Jaclyn Hawkes.
The coach for the team is former pro Glen Wilson who has experience at Commonwealth Games. He was head coach at Gold Coast 2018 and won a mixed doubles bronze medal at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games with Sarah Cook and a mixed gold medal at the 2022 Manchester Games with Leilani Joyce.
Paul Hornsby from the North Shore Club in Auckland is the assistant coach.  

The naming takes the total number of athletes currently selected to the New Zealand Team for Birmingham 2022 to 72.

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