Birmingham 2022 almost felt like a home Games for Donna Lobban (nee Urquhart) (squash) who lives with her Scottish husband Greg Lobban in Sheffield just an hour and a half away. Lobban lost the bronze-medal playoff of the mixed doubles with Cameron Pilley, Australia’s best result in squash in Birmingham. On the way, the pair defeated Donna’s husband Greg Lobban and Lisa Aitken, the first time Donna and Greg had played each other at a tournament. She also lost in the round of 16 in the women’s singles and in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles with Rachael Grinham. Donna made her debut at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she paired up with Kasey Brown to win bronze in the women’s doubles. Four years later on the Gold Coast, she paired with Rachel Grinham to win her second career bronze in the women’s doubles, then with cousin Cameron Pilley to win gold in the mixed doubles. In 2019, Donna again teamed with Pilley to win the mixed event and Christine Nunn to win the women’s event at the World Doubles on the Gold Coast. Growing up in the northern New South Wales coastal town of Yamba, Donna lived and breathed squash from a young age, living next door to the local squash court that her uncle Steve Pilley (father of Cameron), owned and worked as a coach.
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Why did you begin your sport?
My mum played and introduced to squash at the age of 6
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Commonwealth Games bronze medal, Delhi 2010
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
Stephanie Gilmore - she is a 6 time Wolrd Surfing Champion and she is inparational Australian female athlete. she is amazingly talented at what she does. I met her randomly while we were both waiting for the same flight at LA airport. David Palmer - former World Champion and Australian squash player. I have always admired his mental strength and despite being the best in the world he was always very humble and a nice person. He has been my doubles partner and coach,
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
My mum because she introduced me to squash and has always supported me.
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
I love surfing when I'm back home in Australia.
What is your sporting ambition?
Commonwealth Games gold medal. To be a World Champion.