Veteran still has champion’s edge
A WOMAN who was once ranked No.4 in the world and a 15-year-old star of the future won the Warwick Rose Squash Club championships this year.
Gay Erskine was No.4 in the world at a time she was the Zimbabwe champion and has proved hard to beat in Warwick championships since moving to the Goomburra area more than a decade ago. She beat Melinda Walker in the final.
She has now won seven titles, the most. Jenny Gillott, Yvonne Walters and Michelle Anderson each have four titles to their credit. In the men's division, Caleb Johnson became the youngest men's winner when he scored a five-game victory against former champion Neil Erskine, Gay's son.
In semi-finals, Caleb beat Jason Anderson in three games and Neil beat his brother Nev in four games.
In the club competition, play is mixed, so Gay is always playing against men and is now in her 62nd year of squash.
"I do some weights at home and work out on an exercise bike," she said.
"I would like to play for another 10 years."
While on the international circuit, she played against Australian star Heather McKay, whom some rate with cricketer Sir Donald Bradman as the top two Australian players of all time in any sport.
Caleb said he would like to have a world ranking one day. That is a long way away, but for now, it is practice once or twice a day against his brother Sebastian and Jason Anderson. Caleb has already represented Queensland in his age group in the past two years.
Club president Lucas Gillott said 64 players were involved in fixtures which were played at St Mary's each Tuesday and Wednesday.