Proud of their champion
He works on his solo court fitness and trains four times a week – twice with his private coach Jenny Bell, once with the Putaruru Juniors – right through the Christmas period.
Before Levis Casey, St Mary’s Putaruru Primary had never had a medal olympian on their school roll.
Out of the 34 boy squash competitors at this year’s New Zealand Community Trust international sporting championships, 12-year-old Levis nabbed a bronze medal.
Honoured before his teachers and peers, the school held a special assembly for Levis who was presented his medal by St Mary’s teacher and main supporter at the tournament, Dave Bidois
Levis’ mother Sandra Ogle said the Catholic school was so proud of her son’s squash skill.
‘‘Levis is glad he could represent his school and is pleased with his achievement.’’
Miss Ogle, a former squash player, said Levis had been playing since the age of eight and moved quickly up the ranks.
So fast she felt she had to stop to support her son with his goals.
‘‘It’s hard [the NZCT AIMS games]. He was up against all the other schools in New Zealand and other Aussie schools. His achievements would not have been possible without the support of the community – his coach and sponsors Megan and Paul Olsen, The Masters Table, Leon and Brenda Duncan, The Lion Foundation and Lions Club Tokoroa.’’
Levis is in the Bay of Plenty Development squad and will go on to compete at the New Zealand Junior National’s under 13s competition to be held in Palmerston North, October 4.
The goal is to make the New Zealand Junior team and play at the Worlds, to do this he needs to be in the top six at Nationals.
Levis is dedicated to squash and wants to be the best he can be, he wants to make his sponsors proud.
Up to 150 schools nationwide entered with even an Australian school from Phillip Island, Victoria, competing against our best youth.
The mini-olympics equivalent is a strategic partnership between Sport Bay of Plenty, the four Western Bay Intermediate Schools and the Tauranga City Council.
Providing a platform for 11,12 and 13 year-old students to compete as an individual or team against the best of their age group.
WINNER: Levis Casey with his bronze medal.