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Heather Pamela McKay (nee Blundell), (born July 31, 1941) was an Australian squash player who ranks among the greatest in the history of the sport. She dominated the game from 1962 to 1977, winning a total of 16 British Open titles.
McKay was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales and later based herself in Melbourne, which would in future years produce the squash World Open winners Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Carol Owens. She won her first British Open in 1962 and then won it again for the next 15 years. She also won the Australian Women's Squash Championships for 14 consecutive years.
When she retired in 1981 she had gone nearly 20 years with only two defeats to her name, a record that is unlikely to ever be broken.
Heather also proved to be a talent in other sports, including field hockey, representing the Australian Women's Hockey Team in 1967 and 1971. She was also USA Women's Professional Racquetball Champion four times, in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984.
Heather was awarded the MBE in 1969 and the Member of the Order of Australia in 1979. She was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
McKay wrote a book - Heather McKay's Complete Book of Squash which was released in 1979. Staying active in squash, she was named coach of the Australian Institute of Sport, Squash Division in 1985. In 1999 she was one of the founder members of the WISPA Hall of Fame, of which she herself was one of the first to be inducted.
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