New-look courts ready for state event

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

The host­ing of a ma­jor Vic­to­rian tour­na­ment has pro­vided the cat­a­lyst for Hor­sham Squash Club to up­grade its courts.

The courts have been painted and floors sanded and lined in prepa­ra­tion for the Vic­to­rian Mas­ters Squash As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment next month.

Club pres­i­dent Chris War­rick said his com­mit­tee had been con­sid­er­ing up­grad­ing the courts for a while.

“We had been de­lay­ing a de­ci­sion mainly be­cause we were wait­ing to see what was hap­pen­ing with the pro­posed in­door sports sta­dium,” he said. “When we learned we had se­cured the mas­ters tour­na­ment, we de­cided to pro­ceed with the up­grade re­gard­less of the sta­dium out­come.

“It means that all six courts will be in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and that will only help at­tract the best play­ers to Hor­sham.”

Mr War­rick said it was the first time the courts had been re­fur­bished by a com­pany deal­ing ex­clu­sively with squash courts.

“The com­pany we used is owned and managed by five-time world cham­pion Sarah Fitzger­ald and her hus­band Cam,” he said.

“They used all the right ma­te­ri­als to en­sure the best play­ing sur­face pos­si­ble and we are very happy with the fin­ished prod­uct.”

Mr War­rick said club mem­bers were plan­ning work­ing bees to get the squash cen­tre in top shape for the tour­na­ment.

“We want to host the tour­na­ment for at least two years, so the bet­ter we can present it, the more likely that can be.”

Hor­sham will host the Vic­to­rian Mas­ters Squash As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment from Fe­bru­ary 16 to 18. Play­ers can en­ter on­line at www. vm­

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