Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Squash Champion Richard Millman

Cheribundi propels squash champion to national victory
by Janine Frank

It’s a game of angles, power, speed and agility. And despite its funny name, it’s consistently rated by Forbes Magazine as the most demanding sport in the world. If you haven’t tried the game of Squash, professional competitor and coach Richard Millman says you should give it a try. “Most of all, it is enormous FUN,” he says.

Millman is fresh off a big victory at the Canadian Nationals in early May. It was a big win that he would not have imagined just a year prior.

Due to hip and knee injuries, the 52-year-old had reluctantly accepted that his playing career was over. But after some effective physical therapies, he decided to enter the Nationals despite continuing knee pain. It was at this time that a friend suggested he try Cheribundi. He was skeptical, but figuring it could do no harm he began drinking Cheribundi before, during and after each match. To his surprise, he experienced no pain, soreness or stiffness throughout the 4-day tournament.

“The first surprise was when I got out of bed [after day two],” Millman says. “I eased my legs onto the carpet and got ready to deal with the usual glute and hamstring pain as I stood up. Nothing. Weird. No matter how fit I am, after two matches in tournament play and having been twisted around I ALWAYS have some muscle soreness. Now I started to wonder about Cheribundi.”

Millman now recommends Cheribundi to all the clients he coaches. He says that as he’s gotten older and suffered from injuries, maintaining a health body and healthy body weight has become increasingly important. “I use a nutritional system that excludes almost all starchy foods and Cheribundi with its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties works perfectly,” Millman says.

Millman was born and raised in the UK, but now makes his home in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Pat. Both are master Squash players and coaches. Millman attributes much of his success in his Squash career to his wife. “When I am in trouble on the Squash court, I simply have to ask myself, ‘What would Pat tell me to do?’” Millman quips.

Millman has been playing Squash since the age of 12 when a schoolteacher saw some potential for the sport in him. Now, four decades later Millman says the sport has taught him valuable lessons.

“Squash has taught me that life, like sport, is a ‘reward-for-effort’ activity. I keep trying because I know I will get the benefit sometime, even if I don't know when.”

Millman has written three books on the sport of Squash and is a regular contributor to Squash Magazine. He also journals his challenges and successes on his website and blog.

Now that Millman has clinched the title at the Canadian Nationals (Men’s Singles 50+), he has his sights set on the British, US and Canadian Nationals next year and the Worlds in 2014. He is going headfirst into these challenges armed with optimism and a new set of knowledge and treatments that seem to be working.

“The cure for fear is activity,” Millman says. “Keep trying and you will succeed, no matter how daunting the obstacles appear.” 

Janine Frank lives in Lafayette, Colorado with her husband, two sons and golden retriever. She writes about fitness, natural products and the great outdoors.