He might never get a medal in the Olympics, but PSA World No. 2 David Palmer received another meaningful medal: the Medal of the Order of Australia. The Medal was awarded to Palmer in late January on Australia Day in recognition of his achievements in squash, including what he has put back into the sport.
“I am very honored,” Palmer said. “I wish I had been in Australia on the day they were given out. I was in Chicago for the Windy City Open. It’s a nice reward for all the hard work and dedication I’ve put into the sport over the years. Obviously it helps the profile of the game. Anytime squash can get in the media is a good thing. It’s a win for everyone. I’m very happy. My family is very happy. I give credit to the people around me, like my family and my coaches.”
Palmer is also a finalist for the 2006 male athlete of the year to be announced at the Australian Sport Awards in late February. Palmer had a stellar 2006, winning three PSA tournaments, including the World Open for the second time.