Bundaberg’s Damian Ogilvie and 1998 Commonwealth gold medallist Craig Rowland.
Bundaberg’s Damian Ogilvie and 1998 Commonwealth gold medallist Craig Rowland. Mike Knott

Games gold medallist helps locals

Saturday was World Squash Day and the theme for this year was to encourage clubs and associations all over the globe to increase playing numbers.

The Bundaberg Squash Centre certainly did their part by engaging well-known and universally-respected 1998 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Craig Rowland to conduct a coaching clinic for members over two days.

Club spokesperson Tony Manley, who has also been coaching and also assisting in other areas, said 20 members joined in, with a further 10 youngsters participating in a junior clinic.

“It was great to have Craig here – he's a world class athlete and it was a real highlight for sport in Bundaberg – everyone really benefited from his experience and advice,” Manley said.

The club's championships have been completed for the year with the winners being Bryce King (C Grade), Richard Radford (B Grade), Kim Connolly (A Grade), Michelle May, who claimed yet another Open Women's title, Lawrence Turello, who again triumphed in a hotly-contested Open division, and Ryan McLean, who reigned supreme in the Juniors.

“But the next big event is at Sandgate on December 4 and 5, it is the richest junior event and we're training up junior star Sam Tobin to go and play in that,” Manley said.

“But we're winding down a bit before picking up the pieces in the new year.

“Steve Richter has just taken over as owner of the centre and our aim is to give the juniors a big push in 2011.

“Even in Queensland in the last 10 years, juniors have not been as strong as they used be.

“Australia used to keep turning out champion juniors and it's time that happened again.”



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