The Squash World came out in force at Edgbaston Priory and Birmingham University for a charity day in memory of Sumner.
All Sumner’s family were there to witness a parade of squash stars, led by Nick Matthew, supported by James Willstrop, Daryl Selby, Tesni Evans, Joel Makin, Declan James, Josh Masters, Millie Tomlinson, Jamie Haycocks and Peter Creed.
Also in attendance was Sarah Jane Perry, who had had her elbow operated on, so unable to paticipate, but still there to support.
At Edgbaston the professionals rotated to play with a variety of players,young and old ,male and female.including star junior Amelie Haworth from the Isle of Wight.
Then to the University,about to host the British Junior Open when the players were in two teams, playing matches of twelve minutes duration for a splendid , appreciative crowd, Vanessa Atkinson introduced the teams on court professionally, as she does and the players were, as squash players happily are, accessible for photos and autographs.
Russell Munns deserves great credit for organising the event and it was the wish of Sumner’s parents that any proceeds go to the PSA Foundation, whose prime motive is to develop systems to bring the game to children and others who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
It was a day illustrating all that is good about our sport and one of which all concerned can be proud.