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.