Stamford, CT - Natalie Grainger, Chelsea Piers Connecticut Racquets Director, won the US Squash National Championships held Sunday at the Squash Club at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford.
The National Championships started Friday at the Squash Club, a 12-court facility in Chelsea Piers’ new 400,000 sq. ft. outpost in Stamford. During the course of the three-day tournament, more than 240 squash players competed in age group, masters and amateur matches.
Grainger beat out Amanda Sobhy, the defending 2012 US Champion. The match went to five games with Grainger prevailing in the fifth to reclaim the title she has held for five of the last six years.
“It was so exciting to play in the US Nationals in this facility that I have spent the last year designing,” commented Grainger. “I worked hard to reclaim my title while also building what I believe is the best squash facility in the country. Watching this tournament and playing against a tremendous athlete, who has been both my teammate and student, really tied my career together and made this win very special.”
Grainger runs the day-to-day operation of the Squash Club at Chelsea Piers, from hiring top-level squash professionals to developing dynamic squash programming for beginners to advanced players.
About Chelsea Piers Connecticut
Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) is a 400,000-sq-ft state-of-the-art sports and recreation facility located in Stamford, CT, just off I-95 at Exit 9. Opened in July 2012, Chelsea Piers Connecticut consists of several core sports facilities encompassing more than 20 sports.
Ice Rinks - Dual rink skating facility for ice hockey and figure skating
Aquatics Center – Olympic pool, warm water instructional and exercise pool, and 6,000 sq-ft water play area featuring three giant slides
Gymnastics Training Center – 14,000 sq-ft gymnastics training space and cheerleading program
Baseball and Softball Training Facility – Indoor turf infield and five batting cages
Field House – Indoor 100-yard turf field for soccer, lacrosse, football, field hockey, softball and baseball; hardwood courts for basketball and volleyball; and a 1/5-mile track
Squash Club – 11 singles and one hardball doubles court
Tennis Club - 7 indoor hard court tennis courts
Adventure Center – 12,000 sq-ft area featuring a recreational trampoline center, a 24-foot high rock wall, and a Little Athletes gym for children 6 months to five years
Like Chelsea Piers New York, CPCT combines athletic facilities with an extensive array of professional instructors and league programs for youths, teens and adults.
In addition to these sport offerings, CPCT is also home to:
Childcare facility and preschool - Small class sizes, certified teachers and use of the sports facilities at CPCT
Chelsea’s Table – Organic, healthy, and natural food café.
The Overlook Bar and Grill – A sit-down restaurant and bar on the mezzanine level overlooking the North Rink.
BlueStreak Sports Training – An athletic skills-development center dedicated to sport performance enhancement for dedicated athletes of every level
Stamford Hospital – An 18,500 square foot branch of Stamford Hospital focusing on orthopedic and sports medicine physicians, physical therapy services, a laboratory draw station, and imaging services (opening January 2013).
FlyWheel Sports - An intense, incredibly inspiring and empowering cardio cycling experience led by top-notch instructors in a unique stadium style studio
Pro Shop – A Harrow pro shop featuring apparel and equipment for squash and tennis.