Mathers duo keep squash alive
SQUASH: They may claim squash is “dying out” but Amber and Beavan Mather have never been more on their game.
With nationals approaching in March, the Rockhampton siblings made the most out of the four-day junior clinic at Squash World with Brisbane coach Marc Forster.
Although Beavan, 15, has been to state and national titles before and ranked in the state’s top ten, the clinic was also run for those who were less-experienced.
“It is a mixture between fun and intense training,” Forster said.
“We have all juniors here but at different levels. Some are at a state level but then you got little ones like five-year-old Kirstin here.”
Forster, who has been coaching for 26 years, said it was the seventh consecutive year he has conducted the clinic in Rockhampton with children from as far out as Emerald participating.
“They won’t really get another opportunity like this, they might get an odd day with another coach in town but not for four days,” he said.
“We give them different activities from fitness training, beat tests, technique training and routine drills – and then we will end the clinic with a couple of games.”
Squash World’s Frances Craig said although the numbers in this clinic have decreased slightly compared to previous years, she is still hopeful that the interest in the sport will resurface.
“We don’t really get many opportunities to have a professional coach like Marc so it is really good for all the juniors,” she said.
“Squash is a great sport because it is aerobic and anaerobic and it’s out of the sun therefore it doesn’t matter what time it is or what the weather is like.”
Craig said squash was a “huge” sport in the 1980s but over the years it has lost a considerable amount of interest.
“In Rockhampton we use to have about seven squash centres and now we only have two,” she said.
“But in Brisbane there has been new clubs opening and a resurgence of the sport, so we are hopeful that we will be seeing that here as well.”
Craig said she hopes to generate more interest in the sport, starting with the fixtures which will begin in February.