Courting world-wide success

A SQUASH court is anything but confining for Banora Point's Same Fife, allowing him to travel the world.

Sam, a Year 10 student at Palm Beach Currumbin High School, is the current under-17 and under-19 Queensland State Junior Squash champion and is part of a four-player team from Australia which will contest the world junior championships in Ecuador next year.

In May, he travelled to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to play in a South East Asian tournament, and the promising young player realises that more success domestically could take him even further afield.

Sam was introduced to the sport through his mum, Julie at a very early age.

“Even when mum was pregnant with me, she was still playing squash,” Sam said. “Then when I was a kid she would take me to the courts and cut down racquets so I could hold them.”

He played his first tournament when he was only four, and won his first tournament in Canberra when he was six.

But despite his success on the squash court, particularly in Queensland where he has won 10 consecutive state junior titles, Sam has another sport which he loves, Australian Rules.

He attends PBC through the school's Sports Excellence Program concentrating on Aussie Rules and when he isn't on the squash court competing or training with coach and 1996 world champion Rod Eyles, Sam is out playing as a rover with the Coolangatta Blues under-16 side.

Originally from Wagga Wagga, Sam now plays for Queensland in squash and will be looking forward to some interstate rivalry at the nationals in Sydney in September where his main opponent will be the current NSW junior champion Wes Cusick.

As for the secret to a good squash game? “Control the 'T' (centre of the court) and place your shots and make your opponent do all the work,” Sam said.

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