Dedicated squash coach Kay Barclay farewelled
SQUASH legend Kay Barclay leaves a legacy of accomplishment for the sport over 50 years in Mackay, Queensland and throughout Australia.
Born on September 22, 1938, as Margaret, she was known by her friends and family by her middle name, Kay. She died in Mackay on the weekend, and has been praised by Squash Australia as a determined and tireless worker whose hard work over half a century built the foundation of the sport in the nation.
She trained numerous Mackay juniors who went on to become state and national champions.
"Kay was an instrumental member of the squash community not only in her home town of Mackay, but throughout Queensland and around the country,” a post from Squash Australia said.
"She was an accomplished coach, administrator and fierce supporter.”
Queensland players Zac Alexander and Lisa Camilleri noted the influence Kay had on their careers.
"Kay was the Queensland Junior Team coach, along with Noel Forster when I first represented the state in 2001,” Alexander said.
"Kay's quiet but confident nature and genuine care for her young athletes was one of the keys to Queensland's initial success at the junior team level which continues to this day, 15 or so years later. Spending time with Kay while playing the Mackay PSA events over the past two years has been a fantastic experience as usual whenever she has been involved in any squash activity.”
Lisa Camilleri said Kay "had a massive impact on me since I was just six. If it wasn't for her I would not be playing squash today”.
Kay is survived by husband Trevor.