PACHECO LEAVES PSA WORLD TOUR TO FOCUS ON EXCITING NEW CHAPTER

United States World No.90 Reyna Pacheco recently announced her retirement from the PSA World Tour and will now move onto a career with Goldman Sachs in finance.

Pacheco’s story to becoming a professional athlete is an inspiring one. A Mexican immigrant who moved to the United States when she was just four years old, she found adapting to life in a different country a challenge but that soon changed when she was introduced to squash.

She became the first player to come through the Urban Squash Programme and begin a career as a professional and is proof that squash is open to everyone regardless of social status or upbringing.

Pacheco, with help from the PSA Foundation trustees, will now begin her new role as she pursues a career in finance at Goldman Sachs – who are an American multinational investment bank and financial services company.

The 23-year-old spoke about her change in career and gave thanks to all the people that have supported her throughout her journey into professional squash and now as she ventures into a new journey.

“I feel so lucky to have found my passion at 13-years-old. Squash. Squash became a regulator in my life,” said Pacheco.

“It was vehicle that exposed me to feelings of compete devotion, unconditional love and relentless dedication. A sport that allowed me to grow in ways I never imagined possible. As I look back at the last ten years I realise that I have become used to being comfortable in the uncomfortable. I have had the chance to travel the world, experience different cultures and develop a mindset obsessed with surpassing limits.

"I learned how to absorb information in order to strategize and maximise the power of not just my emotions but my intellect. I can go on and on about what these last years of squash have meant but I think the list is exhaustive. I would not change anything about my journey and I would keep betting on the ‘impossible’ as I truly believe impossibility is just a matter of opinion.

“I want to express my gratitude to each and every person who has been in my path and has contributed in one way or another to my career in squash. Thank you so much for everything. Thank you for driving the opposite direction of your home when I was thirteen to make sure I got to practice, for donating your miles, opening your homes and jumping on court with me to train. To my colleagues on the professional squash tour: I am grateful for every connection I made with you and for everything you’ve taught me. To my friends: thank you for being patient and supportive across oceans. To my family: I know it did not always make sense and I constantly betted on the impossible, but you stuck with me.

Pacheco also gave thanks to the Urban Squash Programmes that helped her get to where she was and turned her life around.

“I became the first urban squash player to play on the professional squash tour. The biggest driver of my decision was so I could demonstrate to you that you can do anything and that everything is possible. That despite the colour of your skin, your economic background, your height, your upbringing, the way you speak or the way you look - you can do it.

“I hope that my career inspired the believe that you can too do anything you set your mind to. I hope that you all achieve and blow past everything I have accomplished so far and that while I was the first that I will certainly not be the last.

“I will be embarking on a new chapter of my life. I am excited to have found another arena where I have felt just as much enthusiasm and excitement as I did when I first began playing squash.

“I will be diving into the world of finance, moving to San Francisco and working for Goldman Sachs. Thank you to those of you who've believed in me all along and supported my transition. I look forward to joining a team where I will be surrounded by people who are constantly seeking knowledge and excellence. People who already inspire me!

"I cannot wait to be in yet another profession that requires a relentless amount of decision making and in an environment of high paste, high pressure and challenge. I will be growing in ways I cannot even begin to imagine and am beyond excited to have found something else that makes me excited to get up in the morning!”