Rocky duo head off to national talent squad
ROCKHAMPTON'S Rachel Mahon and Tayla Sinclair have added to the city's string of squash success stories.
Mahon, 14, and Sinclair, 15, have hit themselves into the national talent squad for 2009 which includes eight girls from across Australia.
Their first test starts today when they begin a five-day training camp in Brisbane.
The thought of 6am endurance runs and nutritional sessions are being met with early uncertainty by the girls.
Rachel is expecting the worst.
"I'm going to die looking at the schedule,'' Rachel said.
Tayla has some idea about what to expect after her older sister Kasey and fellow Rockhampton player Peta Hughes were members of this same program a few years back.
"I just want to see some improvement in my squash and get a higher ranking,'' Tayla said.
"It's an opportunity to get picked in the 2009 Australian girls team.''
Rachel said she would "love to get into the under-19 team''.
The squad will also be included in April's Tri Series tournament and will be invited to other tournaments around Australia through their involvement in the national squad.
This select group was targetted following last year's national titles.
While they have been included in the squad they are now at the mercy of a year-to-year assessment.
However, if they are dropped they still have an opportunity to regain their spot.
Commitment is vital.