Surges In Australia
four million (Australian) dollar squash centre close to completion in
Darwin is yet another example of squash's resilience and growth in
new 12-court facility has been developed through a partnership between
the squash authority and the Northern Territory government.
Territory government is committed to supporting local clubs and
developing home-grown talent, and that is why we have invested $4
million in this facility," said Minister Daniel Knight.
12 courts, a kiosk, changing rooms and ancillary offices, plus a
caretaker's residence, our top level Squash players will be able to
develop their skills in a world-class facility," added Knight.
investment is just one example of new courts being built across the
country, as noted by former squash great Michelle Martin. "Ten
centres went up around Australia last year and there are more on the
horizon," said the three times world champion.
Indeed, Squash Australia reports that dozens of courts are going
up in Townsville, Bowen and Innisfail in Queensland, the Barossa Valley,
western Sydney, Port Hedland, and the Gold Coast for the 2018
Commonwealth Games - as well as in Darwin.
believes it is also great news for the wellbeing of Australians: "I'm a
big believer in teaching children hand-eye co-ordination," said the
former world number one. "So if you get that taught as a child from a
young age, they've got that for life and then they'll be able to develop
any sport from there.
fact that people are time poor, that's helped. It's very much a positive
for the sport because people just want a quick workout."
President N Ramachandran was delighted to hear the Australian
news: "This is exactly the sort of new development - larger, modern,
variety of family-orientated facilities, replacing the myriad of small
private two or three courts centres - needed in the so called
'traditional countries', leading to resumption of growth and mirroring
the successful developments in so many newer squash countries.
are around 50,000 courts in the 185 countries where squash is played at
present - and we anticipate that, year on year, both figures will see
business magazine Forbes declared squash as the healthiest
sport of all in a survey published in 2010. It asked fitness experts to
score a selection of sports in four areas. Out of a possible five
points, squash scored 4.5 for cardio-respiratory endurance, three for
muscular strength, and three for flexibility.