Erin Classen has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Erin was born in South Africa and at four years old, her family moved to Australia.
In her younger years Erin loved participating in many different sports such as netball, swimming, tennis and athletics. However, as soon as she started playing Squash, at nine years old, her heart was set on playing consistently and her love for the sport was cemented.
In the past seven years, Erin has achieved some amazing career highlights. She has represented the WA Junior State Team from 2014-2019 and has won ten WA State Junior Titles from 2014-2019. Erin has represented Australia in Trans-Tasman Tests vs New Zealand in 2016 (girls U13) and recently in 2020 (girls U17). She has been the U13 and U15 Australian Junior Champion, has won the U13 Australian Junior Open and recently came fifth in the girls U17 at the 2019 Singapore Junior Open.
2019 was a stellar year for Erin as she became the youngest player to win the WA Open at the age of 14 and represented Australia in the U19 Team at the World Junior Squash Championships in Malaysia in which she had a final placing of top 40-48. She was also a nominee in the 2019 RAC WA Junior Sports Star Award.
Erin is currently ranked in the U19 Top 30 juniors in the world.
Erin speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“Being successful in receiving the SAHOF Scholarship means a great deal to me. To be part of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame team by being a 2021 Scholarship and Mentoring Program recipient, makes me feel both extremely excited and proud. In the coming year, I am determined to challenge myself on and off the squash court, and to represent my Scholarship proudly. The Scholarship will allow me to travel to national and international tournaments to further enhance my play and rankings, with the 2021 World Junior Championships in Egypt being of paramount importance.”
Birthplace: South Africa
First started: 2013 (9 years old)
First & Current Club: Squashworld Mirrabooka
Studying: Year 10
Aspirations after sport: Sport Manager, Physical Therapist, Media Sports Program Designer
Rankings – as at Sep 2020
Jnr International: Top 30
Jnr National: 4 (U19), 1 (U17)
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020: U17 Trans-Tasman, Gold Coast – COVID19 cancelled
- 2019: WA Squash Junior Player of the Year
- 2019: WA Squash Junior of the year
- 2019: World Junior Squash Championships, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Australian Team Representative, U19
- 2019: World Junior Championships, Malaysia – 40th-48th (14 years old)
- 2019: WA Open Ladies Champion
- 2019: RAC Junior Sport Star Nominee
- 2019: Singapore Junior Open – 5th, U17
- 2019: Kalgoorlie Golden Open – Ladies Division 1 Runner-up
- 2019-2014: WA Junior State Team – Representative
- 2019-2014: WA Junior State Championships – Winner of 10 Titles
- 2017: Australian Junior Open – Winner, U13
- 2016: Trans-Tasman, Auckland NZ, U13
Last updated 23/09/2020