PAUL Te Rangiita, Jerome Waterson and Paul Carter are just some of the regulars at the Opotiki Squash Club. Photo supplied
  •  Opotiki re-affiliates with national squash network

OPOTIKI squash players can once again represent their town at a national level.

Earlier this year, the Opotiki Squash Club rejoined the regional and national network of clubs via Squash Bay of Plenty and Squash New Zealand.

Club treasurer Stacey Carter said this would allow the club to send players to competitions, as well as apply for grants and funding.

“You have to be affiliated, so we decided to give it a go,” she said.

Carter said the club had previously been affiliated, however, this was well over a decade ago, and before the current committee’s time.

Now they were re-affiliated, they would be applying for funds to help repair and upgrade their playing facilities.

With a membership of roughly 20 to 30, she said fundraising would be necessary throughout the year to meet affiliation fees.

Although Opotiki players had not been able to represent the club in competitions of late due to not being affiliated, Carter said some players had joined other club teams, meaning Opotiki already had some strong players.

She said the club was hoping to send a team to compete for the nationals next year, but some extra members might be needed.

“You have to enter five players all in the same grade, so that might be a bit hard,” she said.

Anyone interested in squash can go down to the club, next to the college gym on Bridge Street, each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm to have a go.

Carter said new players were welcome to try the sport out for a few sessions, and then membership could be discussed if they were still keen.

“It’s good for fitness, as it’s a high intensity sport with a lot of sprinting and bursts,” she said. “And you can play it rain or shine, since it’s indoors.”