Club backs up its young players
There must be something special in the water at Tawa Squash Club – four of the club’s players have just been selected for Wellington junior representative teams.
The selection gives them the opportunity to play at the national teams event in Auckland in midOctober.
Paris Dalrymple-Mortleman, 15, Ellen Verry, 14, and JessieRose Ward-Thomas, 14, make up half of the six-strong Wellington girls’ junior team; Jason van der Walt, 16, will play for the boys’ team. The club is exceptional for fostering young talent, the four agree.
‘‘It’s a really friendly club, and the parents are getting the kids involved,’’ Ward-Thomas says.
The club’s family-inclusive environment, encouragement to compete, practical assistance, and large pool of talent have had a strong influence, says DalrympleMortleman.
This is the second year in the Wellington representative squad for her, and the first for the others. Being part of the team is an important chance for development, says van der Walt.
‘‘It’s definitely needed, because you get to play people you wouldn’t normally get to play in the regional group.’’
Selection means an extra three days of competition against some of the best players from around the country at the national teams event. However, DalrympleMortleman says there will be no change to their training routine or coaching. The four are already fully devoted to squash, spending almost all their spare time on the courts, and are keen to take the sport as far as they can.
They enthuse about representing New Zealand, playing at the Commonwealth Games, or placing well in the British Open one day.
‘‘It’s pretty much get up, school, and then to the courts or the gym and then home, and that’s every day – and then weekends it’ll be twice a day,’’ van der Walt says.