Multi-sport cham­pion and only 11-years-old

Hauraki Herald - - SPORT - TERESA RAMSEY

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

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Alyssa Davy after win­ning the year seven Waikato Full pri­mary Schools Com­pe­ti­tion in Te Aroha.

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