Multi-sport champion and only 11-years-old
Alyssa Davy may be young but she’s already at the top of more than one sport for her age group.
The 11-year-old has been selected for the under 13 New Zealand Squash Junior training squad and recently won every cross country race in the district for the year seven age group.
After winning the Thames schools cross country competition at Puriri School, Alyssa went on to win the Thames Valley cross country competition held in Whitianga.
This qualified her to participate in the Waikato Full Primary Schools cross country competition in Te Aroha, where she had a very comfortable lead to win that as well.
Mum Larissa Davy said playing squash with the Thames Squash Club helped Alyssa with her fitness to win the Waikato cross country.
Alyssa plays squash for the Waikato team and was the under 11 Waikato champion last year despite only just taking up the sport with Thames Squash Club two years ago.
Larissa said Alyssa hadn’t played squash very often this year due to her commitment to other sports, but after attending the aims games in Tauranga last month, she was approached by a New Zealand selector to join the New Zealand Junior Squash training squad.
This means she will now start preparing for next year’s junior squash competition.
She will be coached by Thames Squash Club coach Casey Owen and Waikato junior coach Phil Buske, travelling to Auckland for training sessions.
Alyssa said she played many sports, including touch rugby, netball, rugby and squash. ‘‘I love all my sports,’’ she said.
The Parawai School student said she found the Waikato cross country course ‘‘flat and easy’’, and was really pleased to come home in first place.
‘‘I felt really proud myself,’’ she said.
‘‘She’s done really well, I don’t think she realises what a huge deal it is,’’ said Larissa. of
Alyssa Davy after winning the year seven Waikato Full primary Schools Competition in Te Aroha.