Fourth Commonwealth gold medal is in Matthew’s sights

Nick Matthew, will be returning to the Commonwealth Games stage for the last time as he headlines Team England’s squash team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

With less than seven weeks to go until the Commonwealth Games begin on 4 April, Team England have selected nine squash players - including Sheffield’s Matthew - who will compete for ‘Team and Country’ in Australia.

At the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, Team England topped the medal table in squash with a total of nine medals with two gold, five silver and three bronze.

At the 2018 Games, they will again be headlined Matthew, who will be appearing at his fourth Commonwealth Games.

He has won the two most prestigious tournaments in the professional game, the British Open and the World Open, three times each.

Matthew, a member of the Hallamshire Club, will be returning to the Commonwealth stage after winning a gold and a silver at Glasgow 2014 and two gold medals at Delhi 2010.

He said: “I’m delighted to be selected to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This will be my fourth Commonwealth Games and the three Gold medals that I won in Delhi and Glasgow are amongst the highlights of my career.

“For a while, I didn’t think I’d make it to my fourth Games so it’s fantastic to be feeling in really great shape and ready to head to the Gold Coast.

“When I announced that this year would be my final playing season, I said that winning a fourth gold medal would be at the top of my list of goals, so I’ll be doing everything I can to get that gold for Team England.”