Sandra Rowcliffe is ready for a big year of squash competitions.
Sandra Rowcliffe is ready for a big year of squash competitions. Chris Ison

Squash centre alive and well

SQUASH: It’s a sport often overlooked and deemed to be dying out, but Scottvale Park Squash Centre’s Sandra Rowcliffe said that was far from the truth.

The sports centre has proven that it is back on track after they were awarded the hosting rights to more than eight major tournaments this year and the Australian Masters in 2011.

But the news wasn’t a surprise to Rowcliffe.

“Last year we had five competitions and this year we have eight,” she said.

“I say the centre is the best in Queensland and when we put our hand up for these competitions we get a lot of consideration.”

The first competition for 2010 will be the Junior Open in early March, followed by the Capricornia School Trials later that month.

June will be the month that hosts the Queensland Junior Championships, which the club also hosted last year.

The following month the club will become the base for more than 400 competitors who are battling out the Queensland Open that hits off on July 31.

Rowcliffe said a regional area had not hosted a national series before 2009 and it was a big honour for the club and Rockhampton.

Rowcliffe was also presented with the Rockhampton Senior Sports Administrator Award at the Rockhampton Regional Council Australia Day Awards.

“It is good to be recognised and it is great to be awarded for something that you love and enjoy doing.

“It is something special,” she said.

The club has also had a resurgence in interest in the past year with senior players re-joining.

“We have a lot of players who have rejoined and picked up the bat for the first time in 15 years,” she said.

“We have had a bit of a growth since last year, particularly with social players.”

Rowcliffe said the club now had state-ranked juniors who would compete in the titles.



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