This injury really hurts
By RACHAEL BORICH
ROCKHAMPTON squash player Kasey Sinclair was living a dream, one which has now been shattered.
Sinclair and fellow Rockhampton junior talent Peta Hughes have both been sidelined with injuries in the leadup to the World Junior Women's Championships in Belgium, starting on July 21.
The Rockhampton pair had grown up together playing in Central Queensland and Queensland teams since they were 13-year-olds and this was their first chance to represent Australia together.
Australia has also lost its third seed, New South Wales player Donna Urquhart, with an ankle injury.
"All the girls that made the original team made sacrifices for two years ? I moved to Brisbane for this,'' Sinclair said during her return to Rockhampton this week.
This was the last year the Rockhampton 18-year-olds were eligible for the biennial under-19 world event.
Hughes, the team's top seed who was preparing for her second appearance at these championships, tore tendons in her ankle while playing at the Emerald Open and Sinclair, the team's second seed preparing to make her world debut, will undergo a knee reconstruction in Brisbane next week after sustaining her injury playing fixtures in Brisbane.
Initially Sinclair was told she might only be out for six weeks, but now she faces 12 months off the court.
"I held in the tears when the doctor told me the news, I was shocked, but as soon as I was outside I couldn't hold them (tears) in any more,'' Sinclair said.
Sinclair is not making any big comeback plans at this stage.