Nicol Champions Academy
Featuring US #1 Amanda Sobhy
The Nicol Champions Academy was founded 10 years ago by Peter Nicol (former World #1), Jess Winstanley (Mental Conditioning & Fitness), Melissa Winstanley and John Nimick (producers of Tournament of Champions, NetSuite Open).
All shared the same goal of providing an outstanding learning experience for young squash players in a fun, caring environment. 10 years on, NCA runs capacity summer camps at Amherst College, year-round training at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, and the Nicol Squash Club in Rhode Island featuring outstanding professional players and coaches. NCA is delighted to run a camp featuring Amanda Sobhy for the first time at the Pingry School!
Nicol Champions Academy
The program is designed to challenge and teach junior players. The 1-week day camp will involve intense work on-court, off court physical training, daily matches. Mornings are technical on-court work and off-court conditioning, while afternoons center on match play and mental strategy.
The squash program is designed to cover major areas of the game over a 1-week period. Each day has a different theme, and that theme is technically practiced, coached, applied in conditioned games, and then finally in match play.
This Camp is open to all ages ( 6th grade +) and levels of play.
Location: Basking Ridge Campus
Time: 9:00- 3:00pm
Grades : 6th +
MEET THE COACHes
Squash Camp Coach
At age 23, squash star Amanda Sobhy is the all-time highest ranked American-born player, man or woman, in the history of the Professional Squash Association (PSA).
She first achieved a top-10 PSA ranking in September 2014, coinciding with the start of her senior year at Harvard University where she was a four-time NCAA squash champion and undefeated in all of her matches.
Since becoming a full-time professional on the PSA tour, Amanda has reach a career high ranking of No. 6 in the world (October 2016) with the goal of being the top ranked player in the world.
Amanda, despite being advised to turn pro, chose to attend and play College Squash at Harvard University while also playing on the professional tour. Her world ranking during those four years at Harvard never dipped below 30, and it was as high as 10 when Sobhy graduated in May 2015 with a degree in anthropology and a perfect 62-0 collegiate record that included four individual national championships.
Amanda is looking forward to her first summer camp working with young players surrounding the Pingry School!
Hollie Naughton is the current Canadian National Champion, and Professional Squash Player on the PSA World Tour ranked #33. Hollie is also best buds with Amanda Sobhy and they are looking forward to leading the NCA camp together alongside Tina Rix and Sabrina Sobhy at Pingry!
Sabrina Sobhy is a rising junior at Harvard University, having played at the #1 position for the last 2 years. She has achieved Ivy League Player of the Year & All-Ivy first team selection while at Harvard and prior was the 2014 Women's National Champion and the youngest person to ever win the U.S. Women's Nationals in 2014. Sabrina is excited to join the NCA at Pingry coaching team alongside her sister Amanda, current Pro Hollie Naughton, and Pingry's very own Tina Rix!
A native of Gosport, England, Ms. Rix first picked up a squash racquet at the age of 9. By 12, she was playing at youth and junior tournaments in the U.S. and Europe, including U.S. Squash Junior Open Championship in 1996. By the age 15 she was playing professionally. Ms. Rix serves as Head Regional Coach for U.S. Squash, directing and coordinating training squads for elite junior players throughout the Pennsylvania region. Ms. Rix serves as Head Coach at the Team Regional Championships each summer at Yale University. Still an active, successful competitor in her own right, she plays on the WSA and WDSA world circuits. Sponsored by Harrow Sports for the past six years, she is currently ranked #7 in doubles worldwide. Coach Rix is excited to host NCA camp at Pingry this July and to coach along side Amanda, Hollie and Sabrina!