Proud of their cham­pion

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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