28 April 2013
Born in Rotorua in 1964, Susan Elizabeth Anne Devoy was raised in a squash loving family. She started playing at a very young age and turned professional at just seventeen. Throughout her career, spanning the eighties and early nineties, she won the World Open on four occasions and the British Open eight times. When she retired in 1992, Susan was the Australian, British, French, Hong Kong, Irish, New Zealand, Scottish, Swedish and World squash champion.
In 1998, Susan became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was the youngest to receive a knighthood since Sir. Edmund Hilary. She is the New Zealand Patron for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and once walked the entire length of New Zealand to raise money for the charity. The walk took seven weeks and brought in $500,000. Susan is also involved with the Tauranga Energy Trust, the Health Promotion Agency and Home of Cycling.
In March this year, Devoy was chosen for the position of Race Relations Commissioner. She will hold the role for five years. Susan is married to her former manager and fellow squash player, John Oakley, and they have four sons.