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Susan
Devoy

One of NZ's greatest sportswomen.

Profile

Dame Susan Devoy's accomplishments on the squash court are formidable. She was ranked Number One in the world continuously for nine unbroken years from 1983 to 1992, and she won the World Open on four separate occasions. She was awarded an M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire) in 1986, a C.B.E. (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1993, and became the youngest New Zealander to be awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1998.

Susan is an entertaining and motivational speaker. She speaks with warmth and conviction, drawing on personal experiences from both on and off the court, and shows the professionalism that ranked her the world's number one squash player for almost a decade.

Current work

She is a patron of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Since 1993, she has been a trustee of the Halberg Trust, and its Chairperson since 1995.

In December 2002, Dame Susan Devoy was appointed new chief executive of Sport Bay of Plenty, taking over from outgoing chief executive Kelly Tunnell in February 2003. Susan is also on the board of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand.

Previous experience

Awards: Susan achieved her fourth World Women's Squash Championship in October 1992 and immediately announced her retirement. Susan's achievements resulted in her being named New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year in 1985, 1987 and 1988.

Fund-Raising: She won wide acclaim when she walked the length of New Zealand in 53 days as a charity fund-raising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1988. This endeared her to people throughout the country.

Halberg Trust: Her fund-raising effort now continues with The Halberg Trust, to which she was recently appointed Chairman. In conjunction with a Government appointed taskforce on Sport Fitness and Leisure, Dame Susan runs a sport management business representing various high profile athletes.

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