Maria Toorpakai-Wazir, International Squash Champion on Go/Nitro by SKYCRON.COM
Only on Go/Nitro! Today we caught up with Pakistani-Canadian master squash player Maria Toorpakai-Wazir. Pakistan’s top squash player. A top three winner of the World Junior Women’s Squash Championship and 56th ranked in the entire world, Toorpakai-Wazir took some time out of her busy international schedule to show host Emily Fulford one-on-one how to play squash — and square off on the court after tutelage from the master!
After defeating boys in weightlifting at age 12, Toorpekai turned to squash and having to produce a birth certificate gave up pretending to be a boy, under the name Genghis Khan, after the Mongol Emperor and warrior. She became the first tribal Pakistani girl in international squash tournaments, turning professional in 2006. In August 2007, the President of Pakistan bestowed the Salaam Pakistan Award upon her. In 2009, she won third place in the world junior women’s squash championship. In 2011 she arrived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to train with Jonathon Power. As of 2012 she was Pakistan’s No. 1 female squash player, and as of May 2016 she is ranked 56th among female players in the world.
Watch this exciting episode coming soon. Airtimes and networks to be announced shortly.