SPRING CATCH UP

NEW ZEALAND
MATAMATA OPEN (August 2012)

Lisa Aitken

Farm life

 In New Zealand, I was hosted by a lovely family that own and live on a farm. They are members at the squash club we were competing at.  I enjoyed experiencing a little of the fun the often have there: milking the cows at dawn, feeding the young calves, feeding the pigs, making sure that heavily pregnant cows and horses are doing well. In fact, I was told that one of the cows had twins on the day that I left.

There is no place like New Zealand.

On Court

 My tournament was ended by Lisa Aitken,  a fiery Scottish chick.  We both came out all guns blazing, playing at a blistering pace. My hand had a cramp in the 3rd game, so bad that the ref gave me some injury time. My finger was stuck around the handle of my racket and wouldn’t move.

 Looking back,  I should have mixed up the pace a bit. It was a little too one dimensional, and I played straight into her hands, after seeing her pick up a few balls on the dive. The final score was 3-1 to her; 16/14 8/11 11/7 11/6.

 

SA TRAINING

 The month of September saw me taking a little break while my in-laws and family from UK came down to visit.  Then was back to training, group sessions overseen by coach, Mark Allen. I was also blessed that Rowan Smith, former Champion here in Cape Town, was available to be my training partner a few days a week.

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FUNDRAISER

With the help of Kim Commins and Wendy Harvey, we threw a fundraiser event at Wendy and Gavin’s home, to ensure I had enough funds to prepare for upcoming world tournament, leading me towards World Womens Team Championships. The evening weather was perfect for a sunset mini-concert, with yours truly, taking over the singing for the evening. The event was attended by squash enthusiasts from Western Province Cricket Club, as well as Villager Squash Club. I was fortunate to have my friends from church attend the event too, as well as make up the band to serenade the crowds.

 A surprise twist to the evening was when CEO of LASER Group, Phil Hayes, announced that they will be sponsoring me immediately for the rest of 2012, also looking to have further discussions about 2013/2014. I hope to be a great ambassador for their company.

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NEXT UP …

MACAU OPEN
(18th – 21st October)

PYRAMIDES INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK OPEN
(26th – 28th October)

MEXICO TOLUCA OPEN
(1st – 4th November)

WORLD WOMEN’S TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nimes, France
(12th – 17th November)

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