Pocket rocket inspires

Remi Young has been nominated for the HBF Junior Sports Heroes awards. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409708
Remi Young has been nominated for the HBF Junior Sports Heroes awards. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409708

Five years on, the 11-year-old Goollelal Primary School student is now the 11s’ WA State Champion and has been nominated as a Weekender HBF Junior Sports Hero.

Remi competed in the Australian Junior Open, in Sydney, in March this year.

After losing his first match, 3-2, he made a comeback and went onto win his next three matches, to finish ninth overall.

Three months later, he competed in his first two international squash competitions ” the Malaysia Milo Open and Penang Open ” where he finished among the top 16 players in both tournaments.

The following month, he won the WA State Championships for the 11s and came fifth in the 13s.

Almost straight after the State championships, he managed to time a trip to New Zealand to see his grandparents, with the South Island Junior Open, where he came runner-up.

Remi said his next goal was to get into the WA Under 13 team and eventually achieve world number one status in squash.

‘I enjoy the ability to make new friends every time I play and the thrill of the game ” it’s fast and exciting and you have to be fit,’ he said said.

To increase his competition, Remi plays above his age group at the Marmion Squash Club, where he trains each Friday and helps coach younger children.

Remi’s parents, Karen and Clive Young, said they were not only proud of Remi’s success, but also his ability to inspire young up-coming squash players.

‘It makes me think that passion and success come hand in hand,’ Mrs Young said.

‘Hopefully we can continue to support him to reach his potential and his desire to be a top player.’

Mr Young tips him to be a world champion one day.

In addition to playing squash, Remi also participates in state marathon runs and ran his first 12km City to Surf this year.

He will find out if he is the winner of the HBF Junior Sports Hero Competition next year.