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OUTSTANDING: Renee Skinner, 12, of South Grafton, at left, and Holly Butcher, 15, of Grafton, who have been selected in the NS
OUTSTANDING: Renee Skinner, 12, of South Grafton, at left, and Holly Butcher, 15, of Grafton, who have been selected in the NS

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

TALENTED Grafton junior squash players Holly Butcher and Renee Skinner are set to take on the best in the nation at the Australian Squash Championships in Ballarat, Victoria, scheduled for October-November.

Butcher and Skinner will be joined at the championships by the Clarence Valley's Princess of Squash, twice Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year and world rated junior, Donna Urquhart.

For 15-year-old Grafton High School student Butcher it will be her second shot at the Australian championships after qualifying in 2003 in the Under-13 division. Butcher finished a creditable ninth against local and overseas competitors.

Skinner, 12, who attends South Grafton High, is in only her second year playing squash. "I'm a bit nervous but I'm really looking forward to playing at the Australian titles," Skinner said. "For my first time it should be a real good experience."

Skinner finished runner-up in the Under-12 NSW Titles.

Yamba's Urquhart, 18, based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Brisbane, will be making her seventh appearance at the nationals.