Mylrea claims the gold
IT wasn't easy but squash player Ross Mylrea proudly wears gold.
Following in the footsteps of other Rockhampton star players, Mylrea took the best-coloured medal at the World Masters Games at Sydney recently.
“I've been training hard for the past six months,” he claimed.
In the end all that was forgotten as Mylrea proved he was the best male in the world in his 55-to-59-year age group.
“It's my favourite sport, it's what I enjoy,” he said.
Not that Mylrea achieved his goal alone.
Firstly there was his trainer/ coach Craig Rowland.
“He put me through my paces,” he said.
Rowland, of course, has a little bit of experience when it comes to big match squash and his tips helped Mylrea.
One also claiming a bit of the limelight was his wife Carol.
“She was telling everyone she was the North Queensland squash team manager,” he said with a chuckle.
Mylrea, or the North Queensland squash team, said the World Masters left a big impression on him as the organisation was incredible, especially as Sydney was host to 28,000 athletes.
“It is the largest sporting event in the world,” he said.
With such numbers there were some problems and for Mylrea, and his manager, it was getting to the venue.
“It took us two-and-a-half hours to go and play,” he added.
Another surprising feature was the number competing in the squash event.
“There were about 25% more than for the tennis,” he said.
Despite the number, athletes were well catered for, and Mylrea said he was surprised by the number of physiotherapists available.
Mylrea feared his tournament might be over when he pulled a leg muscle but the team of professionals had him right and he was in top shape by the final.
“I was surprised how fierce the opposition is,” he said.
After five matches, Mylrea met a Dutch player in the final.
“It was a good game but I won the final in straight sets,” he said.
During his stay Mylrea watched some of his fellow Masters players and they included former world number one Sarah Fitz-Gerald who, not surprisingly, won her division. Mylrea will now get back to club squash at Scottvale Park Squash Centre where he plays A-grade.