Few players successfully made the transition from hardball to soft ball and then to doubles. Tony Swift has won major championships internationally, nationally and provincially in all three disciplines of the game.
Tony’s playing credentials are impressive, holding three international soft ball titles, six national soft ball titles and four Ontario soft ball titles. But he wasn’t through yet. He also holds five Canadian hardball championship titles.
Having conquered soft ball and hardball, he moved on to doubles where he had an equally distinguished career chalking up three world titles, nine Canadian titles and 10 Ontario titles.
Tony was also responsible for steering the development of the coaching program at the national level and chair Squash Ontario’s Coaching Committee for a number of years. He was a gifted course conductor and was instrumental in mentoring many coaches over the years.
Tony coached the National Women’s Team in 1981 and the National Men’s Team in 1983, 1985 and 1987.
In his spare time, he devoted significant time and effort to the development of officiating world-wide. He was chair of the ISRF (World Squash Federation) Rules and Referees Committee for 10 years from 1981 – 1991; he is currently chair of the Doubles Rules Sub Committee responsible for Rule Changes to North American doubles rules and he has written extensively on both singles and doubles rules and their interpretation.
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