Sport for Women

Heather McKay

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Squash
Location: Australia

Heather McKay ranks among the greatest players in the history of squash. She dominated the women's game in the 1960s and 1970s, winning 16 consecutive British Open titles between 1962 and 1977.

In over 20 years of competition, McKay lost just two matches, once in 1960 to Yvonne West and in 1962 to Fran Marshall, a record that is unlikely to ever be broken.

McKay also proved to be a talent in other sports, including hockey, representing Australia in 1967 and 1971. More recently, she has taken up tennis, winning the world veteran's tennis championships and was also part of the winning combination in the world teams event, the Alice Marble Cup.

In 1979, McKay became a Member of the British Empire (MBE) and in 1969 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to squash. She is a Member of the World Squash Hall of Fame.

McKay was honoured as the 2000 Legend of Australian Sport.

Via Sport Australia Hall of Fame