Rhonda Thorne, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Rhonda Thorne

Australian squash player

Date of Birth: 06-Feb-1958

Place of Birth: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Profession: squash player

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Rhonda Thorne

  • Rhonda Thorne (born 6 February 1958, in Toowoomba, Queensland) (also known as Rhonda Clayton and Rhonda Shapland) is a former World No.
  • 1 squash player from Australia.
  • She was one of the leading players on the international squash circuit in the late-1970s and early-1980s, and won the 1981 Women's World Open Squash Championship. Born Rhonda Shapland she married Ross Thorne, a notable squash player in 1978 and changed her name to Rhonda Thorne. In the 1981 World Open final in Toronto, Canada, Thorne beat fellow Australian player Vicki Cardwell 8-10, 9-4, 9-5, 7-9, 9-7 to become world champion.
  • Thorne and Cardwell reached the World Open final again in 1983 when it was held in Perth, with Cardwell winning this time 9-1, 9-3, 9-4.Thorne was at the pinnacle of her game in the early-1980s, and held the World No.1 ranking in both 1981 and 1982.
  • She remained in the world’s top-10 from 1979-84. Thorne represented Australia in international team squash for seven years from 1977-84.
  • She captained the Australian team from 1981–83, during which time the team won to two World Team Squash Championship titles. As a junior player, Thorne won four Australian Junior Opens in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1976.. Thorne retired from the international squash circuit in 1985.
  • That year she won the Queensland Sportswoman of the Year award.
  • Since retiring, she has been inducted into the Squash Australia Hall of Fame and was an inaugural member of the Queensland Squash Hall of Fame.
  • She was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 recognition for her achievements.

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