Duo makes the cut


ROCKHAMPTON'S ever deepening pool of sporting talent can now lay claim to providing half the Australian team for squash's upcoming World Junior Women's Championships in Belgium.

Peta Hughes and Kasey Sinclair were named in a four-person Australian under-19 team after the final selection round in Brisbane on the weekend.

The 18-year-olds crafted their skills in Rockhampton before relocating to Brisbane earlier this year.

Hughes knows what to expect having made her world junior debut in Egypt in 2003 where the Australian team claimed the silver medal and a young Hughes reached the top 16. This is Sinclair's world debut.

"It feels awesome,'' Sinclair told The Morning Bulletin as excited family members continued the team announcement celebrations in the background.

"I was confident (of making the team) ? but quietly.''

Both Hughes and Sinclair admit their games have changed since making the move to Brisbane where they now work regularly with coaches compared to their mainly self-coaching during Rockhampton days.

Hughes said to make the world juniors twice was a real privilege.

"Last time I had no idea about anyone, or the draw, but I'm a bit more comfortable this time,'' Hughes said.

Hughes is also elated for her fellow Rockhampton player. "I really hope she (Sinclair) does well,'' Hughes said.

The World Junior Women's Championships will be staged in Herentals, Belgium, from July 2131 starting with the individual draw followed by the teams event.

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