Smash It Out

JAANIA SINGH, 14, Squash, Chandi­garh

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Who is She? Singh has al­ready car­ried the In­dian flag twice at the Asian Ju­nior In­di­vid­ual Squash Cham­pi­onship 2015 and 2016 in Tehran, Iran and Kuala Lumpur in the Girls un­der-15 cat­e­gory re­spec­tively and is all set to rep­re­sent In­dia at the Asian Ju­nior Squash Cham­pi­onship 2017 in Jor­dan this Au­gust.

The In­tro­duc­tion Singh says that it has been her fa­ther, Aman­preet Singh, a state level shooter and Moun­tain Car Rally Cham­pion (1990) who has con­stantly en­cour­aged her. “He in­tro­duced me to the game at the age of eight. He has been the strong­est sup­port, some­one who has al­ways picked me up. Also, my brother is a squash player.”

Build­ing Stamina The fact that this sport de­mands very high stamina is what fas­ci­nates Singh most about it. “Well, victory does have a very sweet taste. How­ever, squash is syn­ony­mous with ab­so­lute fit­ness. Play­ing en­sures that I am at the top of my phys­i­cal and men­tal fit­ness al­ways.”

On The Top “In­fra­struc­ture for squash is a ma­jor prob­lem. How­ever, I feel that the key to reach the top is to fo­cus on one’s strength.”

The most im­por­tant thing is to re­main fo­cused and eye the top tro­phy.

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