I’m excited about next week. For the first time in several years, I’ll be playing in a squash tournament — the Berea Rovers “Coastal League” tourney kicks off, and I’m thrilled.
You see, I was always pretty decent at this squash thing. I played age group squash for Border from U/13 level right through to U/19. I got full colours in high school for the sport. I played league, and at a pretty competitive level, for a few years when I moved to KZN.
And then I got fat and unfit.
Because of the above problem [which was largely thanks to delicious, and deliciously cheap, curry from the work canteen] I got injured. A lot. A knee ligament injury originally sustained in high school kept on reoccurring — and meant that I would play for a few weeks before being out for a month to 6 weeks at a time. It would hurt like hell and render me, basically, useless. So I stopped playing for a good few years. And, man, did I miss it.
But recently I’ve lost a whole bunch of weight. About 20kg. And two months ago I started playing again — and I’ve gotten into it properly. I’m not quite there yet, but I’ve started getting competitive. I’ve not been injured [touch wood]. And it feels great.
So next week’s Coastal League tournament has got me excited, mainly because it’s allowing me to do something that I love again. Maybe this being healthy and active thing is all it’s cracked up to be…