From trou­bled child to ‘squash junkie’


Play­ing up as a young boy led to In­ver­cargill man Marty McKelvie find­ing his pas­sion in squash.

McKelvie said that af­ter ‘‘mis­be­hav­ing’’ in school, he and a few other boys were in­tro­duced to the sport to straighten them out.

His friend’s mum took them along to a train­ing ses­sion and that is where he be­come hooked.

Now, 47 years later, he is not only a suc­cess in his own right, but also coaches young play­ers to en­joy the sport the way he does.

He has played through­out the South Is­land. Last month he com­peted as the only South­lander in the trans-Tas­man test se­ries in Syd­ney and at the New Zealand mas­ters com­pe­ti­tion in New Ply­mouth.

In the past three weeks he has played 18 matches.

McKelvie is a self de­scribed ‘‘se­ri­ous squash junkie’’ and trains al­most ev­ery day, in­clud­ing run­ning, bik­ing, swim­ming and prac­tis­ing his swings.

‘‘It’s good for all round fit­ness. There’s a lot of dy­namic stuff, tac­ti­cal and com­pet­i­tive,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s very, very in­tense, you’ve got to be rea­son­ably fit ... I still com­pete re­ally well at my age.’’

Mak­ing the New Zealand Mas­ters team was some­thing he had worked to­wards achiev­ing for the past 17 years.

He has gone from trav­el­ling the coun­try as a child and be­ing bil­leted out, to now ven­tur­ing over­seas to com­pete, and train­ing younger play­ers in Nel­son and South­land.


In­ver­cargill squash player Marty McKelvie takes a swing.

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