Ex-Canadian squash champ Russell retires

Canada's Carolyn Russell announced her retirement from competitive squash on Friday. Russell, 36, won a national title in 2006 and competed for Canada at the world team championships on five occasions. Her career highlight was a team gold medal at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.

Canada's Carolyn Russell announced her retirement from competitive squash on Friday.

Russell, 36, won a national title in 2006 and competed for Canada at the world team championships on five occasions. Her career highlight was a team gold medal at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.

"It was my home club with Canadian fans and there was national TV coverage," she said in a release. "It was one of the first really big events for me. It was a lot of fun, we were all really proud to beat that American team.

"It's that kind of competition I'm going to miss the most. I just loved competing."

Russell, now based in Vancouver, also led the Canadian squad to a team gold medal at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio. The Queen's University graduate works as a project director with a sport medicine athlete development centre in Burnaby, B.C.