Youngster challenges Qlds best
WHEN Jason Anderson steps on to the squash court, the biggest weapon the 12-year-old brings is precision.
And playing competitors up to seven years older, the Warwick State High School student has found it a valuable asset.
Anderson has returned from a statewide competition in Maryborough, the only Warwick player to represent Darling Downs.
While there, he fought for a place on the Queensland side in the under-15s division. While he wasn’t selected, the experience greatly improved his confidence on the court.
“I made a lot of friends and had a good time,” he said.
“It’s a lot warmer in Maryborough and they use double dots instead of single dots, which is what is used here.”
The rubber squash ball changes consistency depending on the weather and the single or double dots represent the different balls used between summer and winter.
The love of squash in an Anderson trait, with Jason’s parents having met on the court. His older brother has also played twice for the Darling Downs squad.
Jason’s father Stewart Anderson said the level of strength didn’t necessarily determine the scoreline.
“It’s all about control and placement of the ball. You can be the best on the court if you do this but you’ve got to be fit,” he said.
He and wife Michelle, along with Jason, said they’d like to see the popularity of squash grow in Warwick.
“The only problem we have in Warwick is it’s small – there’s only two courts, so we have to spread games over two nights to play on them,” Mrs Anderson said.
“We’re trying to get teenagers to play. We have young kids up to 70-year-olds but there’s a chunk of people missing from the high teens to the 30s.”
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