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Charlize Davy will continue "training hard" for her upcoming squash tournament. Photo: SUPPLIED

Squash player strikes ‘suprising’ result

Charlize Davy was “quite surprised” when she placed fourth in New Zealand at a recent national squash tournament while representing Waikato under 15 girls.
The Thames High School year 10 student claimed her spot over 12 other players in the 2022 GJ Gardner Homes New Zealand Junior National Individual and Inter-District Teams Championships.
The tournament was held at Hutt City Squash Club at Wellington between October 7 and 12.
Charlize told The Profile she was “quite surprised” with her result given it was her first national tournament.
“I didn’t think I would do that well, I went in expecting not to win because it was my first national and I was quite nervous but I definitely enjoyed it,” she said.
“I think my main highlight was getting to meet new people.”
Charlize, who has played squash for “three or four years”, also represented Waikato in the under 19 team category of the tournament.
“It was definitely much harder than the individuals because I competed against people a lot older than me and a lot stronger but I definitely enjoyed it and had a few good hits,” she said.
Charlize said she qualified for the tournament after competing in an interclub tournament held at Thames Squash Club.
“I did quite well and I’m pretty sure there was one of the Waikato selectors who was paying attention to my scores and they saw how well I did,” she said.
Charlize said she would now compete for Waikato in the C Grade category at the 2022 Champion of Champions in Invercargill on October 28.
“Hopefully I will win a few of my games. I think I can do well and I’m definitely going to be training hard.”
“I have a hit with one of my training partners, Sarn Kennedy, and then I do training with my coach, Phil Buscke-Somervell, and sister Alyssa.”