The Brunei Squash Rackets Association (BSRA) and Jerudong International School (JIS) jointly held the ‘Big Hit’ taster session in conjunction with World Squash Day 2019 at the National Squash Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.
Seventy participants ranging from seven to 60 years and above took part. World Squash Day, which is observed worldwide, aims to attract a million of new squash players over the next decade, including 100,000 this year.
BSRA President Haji Abdul Mateen bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Md Yusof was also present.
“Clubs around the world open up their squash courts to try encourage new players to join the game and to get as many playing squash as possible. Today has been a fantastic event in Brunei,” said Physical Education Teacher at JIS Mike Carter.
“We’ve had a mixture of local players and students from JIS. We’ve had a number of different nationalities playing squash.”
The event also featured a friendly competition called the ‘Three Quarter Court’ which enabled organisers to maximise participation and get participants on court.
Two winners including the men’s and women’s categories were announced in the competition with the meet serving to introduce new players to the sport.
Mike said, “The event is not about the better players winning. The event is about trying to introduce new players to the game.
“We would like to thank all the senior players from Brunei who helped look after new players and make the event a success.”
Asked if the sport will grow in Brunei, he replied, “I think the sport is growing quite rapidly in Brunei. The current committee is working very hard and we’ve noticed growth in the last two years, both the number of players and the standards of Bruneian squash players.”
Besides the ‘Three Quarter Court’ mini competition, coaches guided the participants on the basics of the game while there were also a number of less experienced players having opportunities to get on court with the most experienced players.
Squash’s development in the country has also been extended to higher education institutions especially with Politeknik Brunei squash players coming through the local scene.
Mike also highlighted that there is a good number of local players in the country that have potential and he hoped they will continue playing the game.