Squash’s games plan

Squash Fiji squad for the Pacific Games training at Defence Club. Picture: Supplied

SQUASH Fiji has set its focus on the 2019 Pacific Games after the selection of its new committee last weekend.

Newly appointed president Dinesh Narayan said about 30 players had been selected and would host their first trials in January to select 14 players.

“We are looking to take five male and four female players to Samoa,” he said.

“We had a special meeting in July and we appointed a new committee to run the sports affairs.

“Our vice-president is Sidney Simpson; our secretary is Blair Macskil and our treasurer is Linda Barton. Our committee members and club reps are Alison Mua, David Young, Lalin Goonesekera, Leena Mario, Alfred Soakai, Mike Irava.

“Basically our plan is to revive the sport and we are focusing on the development of our junior players.

“The new committee has a new strategy plan in place and our theme is squash on the rise. Our idea is to involve as many young, old, new and old players to come in and help in with the development of the sport.”

He added they have local and international competitions in place for next year.

“We’ve started off with our Suva business house league which has been running for the past 10 weeks and then we’re looking to host the western business league in a few weeks’ time. “We have our junior squash program every Sunday sponsored by Victoria squash.

“Next year we are planning to host a Fiji Open International from February 28 to March 2 and the Junior Oceania Championship in Auckland, New Zealand in April. We are grateful to Fiji Sports Commission for helping us but we also need volunteers to help out in the running of the competition,” Narayan said.

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