TWO TEENS TO SQUASH THE BEST IN QUEENS­LAND.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

MAK­ING A RAC­QUET: Ni­cola Kerle goes through her paces in prepa­ra­tion for Queens­land State Ti­tles.

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