Juniors squash competition

Archie and Max Douglas at Met West, representing Laidley Squash Club. Pictures: LAIDLEY SQUASH

Visitors to the Queensland School Sport State Championships for Squash held from 23 to 26 May witnessed an impressive performance from the Laidley Squash Club Juniors.

Five talented juniors from the club were selected to represent the Metropolitan West and Darling Downs regions, competing against the best junior players from all over Queensland.

These young athletes, who have been training hard at the local Laidley Squash courts, made up a significant part of the Met West 14-member team.

Their dedication and perseverance have certainly paid off, with two of them clinching victories in their respective categories.

Danielle Caswell, the Met West team captain, emerged victorious in her draw final in the 16-19 years Girls category.

Blake Loughman (Met West) also had a triumphant run, winning his final to take out his draw in the 16-19 years boys category.

Rebecca Caswell (Darling Downs) 10-15 year girls, collected the Spirit of Squash award for sportsmanship.

Notable mentions must be made of Max Douglas (Met West) and Archie Douglas (Met West) in the 10-15 years boys category.

Despite it being their first time appearing at the championships, they managed to win several matches, finishing just outside medal contention but showcasing their potential and talent.

This achievement is a testament to the talent, hard work, and quality of training provided by the Laidley Squash Club.

The Laidley Juniors have indeed made their club and region proud, promising a bright future for squash in the Metropolitan West region.

With squash now included as an Olympic Sport for 2028, the future of the sport looks bright, and the Laidley Juniors are leading the resurgence.