Waikato's Joelle King is a key member of New Zealand's eight-strong squash team at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games competing in both singles and doubles events.

King has been New Zealand's top ranked squash player for several years.

She turned professional as a 15-year-old in 2004, breaking into the world top 100 in her first year and reaching her career high world ranking of number 4 earlier this year.

    NZ squash player Joelle King
New Zealand squash player Joelle King. Photo: PHOTOSPORT.

Since 2010, King has been national champion and won seven times on the world tour.

King was the star of the 2010 campaign in Delhi, claiming a gold medal in the women's doubles with Jaclyn Hawkes and silver in the mixed doubles with Martin Knight ... she also finished fifth in the singles.

Her efforts were rewarded with the honour of carrying the New Zealand flag in the closing ceremony.

Twenty-five-year-old King will represent New Zealand in three events in Glasgow – the singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

Martin Knight will once again partner King in the mixed doubles, but Jaclyn Hawkes has now retired, providing an opening for Amanda Landers-Murphy to partner King in the women's doubles.

Squash has been a successful sport for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games ... in Manchester in 2002 the team picked up two golds and a silver and four years later added a silver and bronze in Melbourne.


New Zealand flag bearer Valerie Adams at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. PHOTOSPORT


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