Family celebrates four generations of EP squash players

2017-06-29 06:01
=Mike Scott with his grandson Keegan Hoy (13) and daughter Kathy Hoy.               Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Mike Scott with his grandson Keegan Hoy (13) and daughter Kathy Hoy. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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The Scott family from Uitenhage and their descendants have been known as keen squash contenders, loving the game and living for the sport.

There is a squash saying ... “There are two kinds of people in the world and being a squash player is better than both of them,” and with these words Mike Scott thoroughly agrees.

“Oh, I love squash! It is the nicest sport in the world. Weather is not a factor and you don’t have to be good to enjoy it,” said Mike, owner of Brocketts Sports, one of the oldest private businesses in Uitenhage.

“The most important thing about squash is your friends. You want to kill each other on the court but off the court they will die for you. Each time I walk on to a squash court it feels like coming home.”

His dad, Noel Scott was an EP squash player in the late 1930s, whilst his mother Judy in those days won the Rhodes University women’s squash championships.

Mike’s twin brother, Dave Scott, also was an EP squash player and during his prime years of playing the game he was South Africa’s top squash player and was ranked no. 2 in the world as an amateur squash player.

During the 1970s Mike was a well-known EP squash player and he continued to represent the province for 13 years.

His daughter Kathy Hoy (néé Scott) played EP ladies squash and as a member of the team has travelled abroad twice to represent the province.

“To me the best of squash definitely is the friendships! They last and are for good. When I walk onto the court it is to enjoy the game and obviously to win. It is a place where you are your own boss,” said Kathy.

Her son, and the youngest of the Scott descendants who plays squash, Keegan Hoy (13), was selected for the EP U.14B team and with this marks the fourth generation of squash players. He will on Saturday jet off to Johannesburg to participate in the U/14 national squash championships.

“I enjoy squash because it is nice to meet the different people. I have very good friends that I’ve met on the squash court,” said Keegan.

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