Phil Stewart launches a shot during his match.
Phil Stewart launches a shot during his match.

Squeezing in the squash numbers

ABOVE the entrance of the Waterview Heights Squash Club is a sign depicting the club’s logo - a Jabiru.

Jabirus can be seen wading in the wetland adjacent to the squash complex proudly showing off their impressive wing span of more than 2m.

For some members, the Jabiru’s amazing reach would be a handy acquisition to their game.

According to the organisation’s secretary Steve Danvers, the squash club has seen a steady increase in members since its opening in 1994.

The luxury of running mutliple competitions throughout the week is most likely one of the causes for the surge.

“The club is going strong, in fact it’s never been better,” Danvers said.

“We have over 60 members and run two competitions during the week. On Wednesdays we run a doubles competition which is a bit more on the social side.”

Danvers added the club is about creating a family atmosphere and increasing their junior numbers.

“It’s very family-orientated and we welcome anyone who wants to enjoy a sport which not only provides fitness but an opportunity to meet people,” he said.

“We now have 21 juniors and at a recent tournament in Coffs Harbour three members tasted success. Cody and Brock Rediger and Daniel Wade won their respective divisions which is all good for the club.”

Danvers said the club caters for players of varying standards with the championships divided into four grades for seniors and two grades for juniors.

When asked if the majority of players reside in Waterview Heights Danvers said players come from Grafton and surrounds.

“Obviously we have members from Waterview but also from Grafton, Clarenza, Ulmarra and Copmanhurst. We also have a player who drives all the way from Brooms Head,” he said.

Danvers, who became only the second member to be awarded with a life membership in 2008 - the first being Chris Kelly in 2007- said it is rewarding to see the improvement in players on the court.

And his small organisation is reaping the benfits of the growth.

“Lindsay Kliendienst who lives close by won D-grade six years ago and is now our current A-grade champion,” he said.

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