A passion for squash

2015-02-03 00:00

EVERY sportsperson dreams of being the best at what they do.

Some wait all their lives to ascend to the top, but some extremely talented individuals like local Epworth High schoolgirl Anele Ngubane, reach new heights while still in school.

A squash player of note, Anele has progressed to the number one spot in her U17 age group for the province and is considered the sixth best female player in her group in the country.

Her squash career started as early as her primary school days where she got hooked on the game after trying her hand at badminton.

“I really liked any sport that had a racquet, but squash became my passion,” Anele said.

Since then, she has dominated almost all of the competitions she has competed in.

She was ranked sixth in the interprovincial squash championships held in East London in June last year and has been at the top of female interschool squash here in Pietermaritzburg since then.

In the Top Schools Tournament last year, Anele headed Epworth’s team of six who represented KZN.

She described how they were tied two-all with St Mary’s Waverly from Gauteng in the finals when she won the final game and the tournament for her school.

“There’s lots of pressure and it gets really hard sometimes but I train a lot and keep fit,” she said. “I go to the gym and do fitness training on top of practising at school.”

But it’s not all squash for the matriculant who has to balance her sporting and academic career equally.

“I have a year calendar for school and squash where I organise the dates for my assignments and tests and the tournaments I have to go for,” Anele said.

“It gets really difficult sometimes but I managed last year and I’ll manage this year.”

Anele wants to study Orthotics and Prosthetics next year.

“It’s something really weird and different from what other people want to do but I’ve done some work experience in that field and I loved it.”

Anele hopes to one day become the number one squash player in SA and dreams of playing at the Olympics.

Before the interview with Anele ended, she made a special point of thanking her school coach, Sally White, and her weekend coach, Bongani Khumalo.

“Without these people, I would not be where I am in squash now,” she said.

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