SQUASH: The St Mary's Squash Club held its club championships over the weekend, showcasing both experience and youth with Gay Erskine and Caleb Johnson taking out the women's and men's titles.

Erskine set up her eighth championship trophy since moving to the Warwick club in 2003.

Originally from Zimbabwe before immigrating to Sydney, Erskine has had an extensive and successful squash career and a long time love of the sport.

Taught on her father's tobacco farm from the age of nine on a court he made himself, Erskine toured Australia with the South African team for the very first squash World Championships.

It was during that tour that she discovered a love for the Australian weather and sporting culture that encouraged her to eventually find her way to Warwick.

Erskine was extremely happy to see her fellow club champ Caleb Johnson at just 16 years of age leading the way for the juniors.

"It's an incredible achievement for someone so young," Erskine said.

"For such a small place there is some amazing talent here in Warwick."

Johnson returned after winning the championship last year to consolidate his reign and his place in Warwick's emerging young talent by beating Erskine's son Neil in the final.

Named in the Queensland under-17 junior team for the first time last month, Johnson has made huge strides in a sport he only began playing just three years ago.

"I was a bit nervous when they were reading the names," Johnson said.

"They called my name last, so I was relieved to hear my name."

The Warwick club is proud of its junior player development and point to their coaching staff for their efforts in uncovering such great local talent.



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