Court fo­cus re­sults in high rank­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Kobe Flem­ing is an all- round ath­lete but this year his fo­cus has been firmly be­tween the four walls of a squash court.

The Whitby 10- year- old, in just his third year of play­ing the game, is likely to be ranked inside the top three in the coun­try for his age when updated rank­ings come out next month, af­ter win­ning the North Is­land Cham­pi­onships and fin­ish­ing run­ner-up at the South Is­land equiv­a­lent.

In both events he came up against ri­val Glenn Tem­ple­ton, from Katikati.

‘‘I lost 3-0 down there [in Ti­maru] but the games were all re­ally close,’’ Flem­ing says. ‘‘In Hamil­ton I think I warmed up bet­ter and I had a new game plan and it worked. I was re­ally happy.’’

Part of his suc­cess­ful run is due to coach Nick Mita, who is work­ing with a num­ber of ju­niors at the Tawa and Mana squash clubs, with Flem­ing a mem­ber of the lat­ter.

While he en­joys rugby and football, all other sports have been set aside.

‘‘Squash is my fo­cus. You get re­ally fit, make lots of new friends and I have lots of fun.’’

A mem­ber of the Welling­ton de­vel­op­ment squad, Mana’s ju­nior academy and the na­tional un­der-13 de­vel­op­ment squad, Flem­ing is train­ing to­wards the na­tion­als in Palmer­ston North in Oc­to­ber.

Mak­ing a racket: Kobe Flem­ing’s re­cent re­sults show why he is one of the best ju­nior play­ers in New Zealand.

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