TWO TEENS TO SQUASH THE BEST IN QUEENSLAND.
TWO North Burnett squash players are limbering up to compete against the best in the state.
Nicola Kerle, 14, is excited and nervous about being selected to represent Wide Bay in the 15 and under girls’ team.
She has only been playing squash for two years and is already ranked third in her category for Wide Bay.
Because there is no junior competition, Kerle has been taking on the seniors in Mundubbera.
Nicola Kerle I like the social side of the sport because you can play, but still talk.
Kerle had been a tennis player before moving onto the squash court.
“My mum was playing and I grabbed a racket,” she said. “I like the social side of the sport because you can play, but still talk.”
Kerle is training three times a week in preparation for the titles, with Wide Bay coach Trevor Harvey helping iron out weakness in her game.
She was working on going from a double handed to a one handed backhand and has improved.
“She has really come a long way very quickly,” Harvey said.
“She only has to overcome her own self-doubt.”
Harvey also trains his son, Carl Harvey, who will play with the Darling Downs team for the first time at the state titles.
Before moving away for school, Carl, 17, had represented Wide Bay for four years.
This year he is hoping to improve his ranking when competing in the 19 and under category.
A friendly rivalry is strong in the Harvey household with father and son hoping their teams outdo each other.
“It’s pretty even, so far,” Carl quipped.
For more information about the Mundubbera squash competition, phone Trevor Harvey on 0428 654 997.
The Queensland State Titles will be held in Bundaberg from May 22–26.
MAKING A RACQUET: Nicola Kerle goes through her paces in preparation for Queensland State Titles.