Schools get­ting taste of squash

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For the third year run­ning, Te Awa­mutu Squash Club, Cam­bridge Rac­quets Club and Leam­ing­ton Squash Club hosted the an­nual Waipa¯ In­ter­schools Big Nix Tour­na­ment for Pri­mary and In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents.

This Squash Waikato ini­tia­tive to in­crease aware­ness and par­tic­i­pa­tion of squash in the Waipa¯ Dis­trict has lo­cal schools that have com­pleted the in­tro­duc­tion to the Big Nix pro­gramme com­pete against one an­other in an end of year tour­na­ment.

Af­ter ini­tially start­ing in 2014 as a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two schools and two clubs, there are now 12 schools and three clubs that have the ca­pa­bil­ity and equip­ment to of­fer both the Small Nix (world class fun­da­men­tal skills pro­gramme) and Big Nix squash pro­grammes.

More than 2000 Waipa¯ stu­dents have ex­pe­ri­enced the eight-week pro­gramme over the last three years, with 83 teach­ers and par­ents also be­ing trained to help de­liver and teach squash in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The suc­cess of this project has led more teach­ers and fam­i­lies to be­come in­volved in the sport in­de­pen­dently, with some now help­ing to sup­port lo­cal clubs and their pro­grammes. As a re­sult of this growth in pop­u­lar­ity, the 2018 Waipa¯ In­ter­schools Big Nix Tour­na­ments were hosted over two days at two venues to en­sure that as many stu­dents as pos­si­ble were able to ex­pe­ri­ence what com­pet­i­tive squash is all about.

The Pri­mary di­vi­sion com­pe­ti­tion had 29 play­ers from Cam­bridge East School, Leam­ing­ton Pri­mary School and Pek­erau Pri­mary School bat­tling it out for the Year 5 and 6 Waipa¯ In­ter­schools Tro­phy.

Pek­erau Pri­mary School reigned supreme based on the over­all av­er­age per­for­mance of all par­tic­i­pants from the school. Com­ing a close sec­ond was Leam­ing­ton Pri­mary School, with Cam­bridge East School fin­ish­ing in third place.

Di­vi­sion 1 win­ners and run­ners-up were Fer­gus Hill (Pek­erau) and Kawepo Mullins (Pek­erau). Di­vi­sion 2 — Lukas Mur­ray (Leam­ing­ton), Oliver Tane-Knowles (Cam­bridge East); Di­vi­sion 3 — Caleb See­beck (Leam­ing­ton), Lo­gan Dou­glas (Pek­erau); Di­vi­sion 4 — Ne­vaeh Wal­lace (Pek­erau), Dilan Neho (Pek­erau).

The in­ter­me­di­ate di­vi­sion at­tracted 52 en­tries from Cam­bridge Mid­dle School, Te Awa­mutu In­ter­me­di­ate, St Patrick’s Catholic School Te Awa­mutu and first-time com­peti­tors Piron­gia School bat­tling it out for the Year 7 and 8 Waipa¯ In­ter­schools Tro­phy.

Cam­bridge Mid­dle School (CMS) took out the top spot for the sec­ond year run­ning, with Te Awa­mutu In­ter­me­di­ate (TAI) the run­ners-up and St Patrick’s Catholic School and Piron­gia School fin­ish­ing third and fourth re­spec­tively.

In­ter­me­di­ate di­vi­sion win­ners and run­ners-ups were, Di­vi­sion 1 — Tyler Lee (CMS), Tee­gan Wright (CMS); Di­vi­sion 2 — Jorja Wright (CMS), Quinn Wil­son (St Pat’s); Di­vi­sion 3 — Ayrin Dally (TAI), Alex Dixon (CMS); Di­vi­sion 4 — Blake Al­li­son (CMS), Tom Brown (CMS); Di­vi­sion 5 — Cameron But­ler (CMS), William Lord (TAI); Di­vi­sion 6 — Ni­cole Hol­lands (CMS), Lin­con Reeve (TAI); Di­vi­sion 7 — Zara Barnard (CMS), Ge­orge Dob­son (CMS).

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee thanked the tour­na­ment spon­sors, in­clud­ing Werder Rack­ets who spon­sored some gear to help start squash fu­tures.

■ For those in­ter­ested in tak­ing up this sport, con­tact your lo­cal club for more in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved with squash. Te Awa­mutu Squash, [email protected]­mutu.co.nz; Cam­bridge Rac­quets Club, man­[email protected]; Leam­ing­ton Squash Club, leam­ing­ton­squash @out­look.com

Photo / Sup­plied

Year five and six par­tic­i­pants from Cam­bridge East School, Leam­ing­ton Pri­mary School and Pek­erau Pri­mary School pose for a photo shoot dur­ing the Waipa¯ In­ter­schools Big Nix Squash Tour­na­ment.

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