Squash fun and fitness flourishes in Gatton

Gatton Squash Club life member Shane Zischke, president Kent Idle and member Clive Nuttall-Smith. PHOTO: JESSE HAMILTON

ENTERING its 53rd year in 2024, the Gatton Squash Club is one of the earliest established squash clubs in the Lockyer region and is off and swinging for another lively display of racket action this year.

Founded in 1971, the club plays weekly social fixtures that cater for all playing abilities as well as weekly training sessions at the UQ Gatton courts.

Gatton Squash Club president Kent Idle said the fixtures are a friendly get together that serves as a great workout with teams consisting of players ranked from line 1 to 6.

“There are six players in each team, with every team having a 1 to 6 lined player based off their playing ability and then we rotate every six weeks to the next team,” he said.

“It’s one of the most aerobic sports in the world, a match can last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes depending on how long each rally is.

“It’s great for fitness, it’s a good social outing more than anything else for the lot of us.”

Idle said the club has nearly 50 active members with the UQ courts serving as a home to players from far and wide.

“We have people coming from Ipswich, Toowoomba and Laidley,” he said.

“We get a lot of Toowoomba players since their courts shut down, and the University students love it too.

“Our youngest would be about 15, with our oldest being 83.”

Fixtures are being played on Tuesday nights from 4.30pm, with practice on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm.

Those interested in playing can call 0458 754 433.