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Yee 'The Ninja' and Simpson

Arin Kumar
Monday, January 13, 2014

WATCHING a national champion in action back in 2010 drew young Jioji Simpson to squash.

And now, he wants to become a national champion himself.

The 16-year-old is now training under the guidance of that champion, Warren Yee.

Although Yee has lost the national number one title, he still remains a force to reckon with in the country.

And Simpson is aiming to follow in his footsteps in order to make a name for himself.

"Ever since I can remember, I've always looked up to Warren Yee, 'The Ninja', as everyone knows him," he said.

"Ever since I witnessed his prowess on the court that Thursday evening in 2010, I never looked back.

"He stayed on the court for a good five games, being challenged by every squashie bold enough to step onto the court with the 2008 Pacific Games double gold medallist.

"He was amazing to witness, and moved around the court with such an ease, that it was quite incredible to watch.

"He has always been a driving force in my squash and I owe a lot of my skill to him."

Simpson is confident he will be able to stamp his name in the sport in the country in another few years.

"I've grown to love the sport of squash, and have thus far nursed a desire to one day don the Fiji jersey.

"Another major goal of mine has always been to hit the top of the rankings in the Fiji circuit.

"I have no doubt that with much training and dedication I will be able to stamp my name on the sport in the years to come."

He also paid tribute to the late Temo Tikoitoga who harboured a desire to give back to the junior squash community.

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