Balwanth to spearhead Dolphin Coast squash

2016-02-17 06:00
Photo: supplied Mike Balwanth.

Photo: supplied Mike Balwanth.

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MIKE Balwanth has been re-elected as president of Dolphin Coast Squash (DCS) at their annual general meeting held at Salt Rock.

Balwanth, who served as president of DCS for 10 consecutive years (2005-2014) took a year’s sabbatical leave last year before returning to lead squash in the Dolphin Coast for 2016.

Outgoing president of DCS, Shaun Adams thanked all officials, club captains and sponsors who have contributed positively to the upliftment of squash in 2015.

In his presidential address Adams highlighted the achievements of DCS in the 2015 season. He said that although DCS have lost two clubs, Stanger Dolphins (with the majority of players now plying their trade with Salt Rock) and Crawford, two new clubs, namely Zimbali and Verulam have joined the ranks.

In the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the number of players participating squash, almost doubling form 50 active members in 2005 to 150 members in 2015. Adams congratulated the players who represented DCS at the South African Districts and Squash Festival held last year.

Newly elected president of DCS, Balwanth outlined his vision for 2016. His top priority was to rejuvenate squash interest and enthusiasm in the sport and help strengthen administrative and management skills among club officials and officials of DCS.

He emphasised the importance of greater media exposure in the hope of attracting new sponsors to the sport.

Balwanth wishes to initiate a DCS Sport Headquarter, an online squash site (similar to the one used by North West Province and the Vaal Triangle), whereby players can log onto on a daily basis and capture scores, results, fixtures, logs, fixtures and tournament dates.

DCS enjoys direct affiliation to Squash South Africa thereby acquiring provincial status.

They were awarded the rare opportunity of hosting the 2016 South African Country Districts (SACD) and South African Country Festival (SACF) next month, but had to decline the offer due to management issues.

However, Balwanth is confident that DCS will commence the groundwork immediately in the hope of being awarded the 2017 SACD and SACF.

Balwanth expressed his sincere thanks to Yashin Tewary (CEO of Play Sport 365) for injecting R1 000 into the DCS Summer League which got underway on Thursday.

Salt Rock III got off to a winning start in the Summer League after trouncing Umhlali II (12-3). Riaan van Schyff walloped Mike O’Donovan in straight sets (3-0). Balwanth edged out Stephen Pritchard (2-1) to give the home team a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Anton Nelson clawed his way from a set down to overcome Matthew Gachoki (2-1) to extend Salt Rock’s lead (7-2). Playing at two, Sashen Reddy proved too strong for Nolan Smith cantering to a fluent 3-0 win. Top seed Christo Dirks rounded off a perfect evening for the hosts after beating Michelle Heenan (2-1).

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