Maddington/Gosnells Squash Club juniors to represent WA in national competition

Maddington/Gosnells Squash Club's Aliah al Shabib and Daniel Marsh.
Maddington/Gosnells Squash Club's Aliah al Shabib and Daniel Marsh.

SQUASH might not be the most popular sport among juniors, but that won’t stop two local stars from competing at a national competition.

Maddington/Gosnells Squash Club juniors Daniel Marsh and Aliah al Shabib have been selected to the WA state team to compete at next month’s Australian Junior Championships in Darwin.

It’s the first time the club will have two junior representatives in the same state team.

Under 17 competitor Aliah said her aim for playing was to be better than her father, who was always bragging about how good he was at squash while at university.

“The reason I love it so much is the amazing feeling of adrenaline you get when you hit the ball on the wall, I love the challenges I face each week whether its fitness or improving on what I know,” he said.

“I felt very good about (making the state team), I honestly thought nothing like that would ever happen.

“When I was younger I used to watch all the big junior names stand up and be awarded their package to go to the state team and I really thought I could never be on that level, but somehow it’s happened.”

Daniel, who will compete in the under 13 competition, said he loved playing squash and was excited to represent WA.

“It’s one of the only sports that you can train with one person on court by setting targets,” he said.

“I feel very proud of myself and I’m going to do very well because I will try my best.”

The Australian Junior Squash Championships will be held in Darwin from September 29 to October 2.

For more information on joining the Madding/Gosnells Squash Club juniors program, call Lynn on 0418 932 389 or visit www.maddingtonsquash.myclub.org.au.