Winner of the A Grade Waterview Heights Championship, sixteen year old Daniel Wade. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner
Winner of the A Grade Waterview Heights Championship, sixteen year old Daniel Wade. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner

Young Wade takes squash title

THE Wade family scooped the pool at the recent Waterview Heights Squash Championships with 16-year-old Daniel taking out the coveted A-grade title.

After impressive lead-up games Daniel went on to become the youngest player to win the A-grade Championship defeating Bill Ditton 9-1, 9-0, 9-1 in the final.

Not to be out done Daniel's sister Rachel took out the D grade final and the Junior B-grade.

And there could be further silverware to add to the Wade household if father Michael can win the C-grade Championship in the coming weeks.

Waterview Heights president Steve Danvers said Daniel had been wasting no time working his way up the rankings.

"Daniel has been the big improver in the club and came out blazing in the final," Danvers said.

"Everything appears to be coming together for him after being runner-up in C-grade in 2009 and runner-up in B-grade last year.

"Bill (Ditton) simply had no answers but in saying that he did come into the final a bit underdone."

Daniel, who took up the sport four years ago, admitted he was never too serious about the sport in the beginning, that is until he became more competitive.

"I started playing because mum and dad played but squash wasn't my main sport for the first two years," Daniel said.

"I started to play competitive squash and got a NSW ranking in 2009."

Daniel added he was surprised to be crowned A-grade champion considering it was the first time he had defeated Ditton this season.

"It was my first win against Bill and it wasn't that easy," he said.

"The score really didn't indicate how hard the games were. Bill also seemed a bit nervous."

According to Daniel some advice he received from a past champion on the eve of the final did wonders for his game.

"Wardy (Mark Ward) taught me a lot about positioning on the court and how to move my feet…it certainly helped my game," he said.

For the newly crowned club champion a further title shot beckons with Daniel set to play Jonothan Longstaff in the junior A-grade decider.



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