Off The Wall Squash is use to players travelling long distances to join us for training or coaching sessions at our HQ in Colchester.
It’s not uncommon for squash players to clock up an hour or two on the road winding their way to our six glass-backed courts at The Garrison. However, we have a new champion when it comes to travelling our way. Meet Christopher Anthony aged 14 who notched up an impressive 4,408 miles before joining the OTWS team for a week of intensive squash.
Christopher lives in the Caribbean and is the current Trinidad and Tobago number one under-15 player. He is also ranked three in the Under-19’s. The Anthony family contacted OTWS to enquire whether Christopher could join us for some high-level coaching and conditioning work…and before you could say Hand Out, he was here with his parents for a week of full-on squash.
OTWS head coach Lauren Selby explained: “Christopher’s mum is secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association and she had heard of the Off The Walls Squash Academy here at the Garrison in Colchester.
“It was great having Christopher spend time with us. He was a terrific young lad who worked like a Trojan from the moment he arrived. He had eight individual lessons with either myself or my dad Paul Selby, plus individual match play with some of our juniors as well as three sessions with our elite players.
“We also worked on strength and conditioning and he will continue the programme when he is back home.”
On his final day, Christopher was given a special treat…60 minutes on court with Daryl Selby, our very own World No.13 professional player. Daryl had only just returned from the World Doubles Championships in Manchester where he won a silver medal in the mixed doubles with Alison Walters.
But he still had time for a delightful young man who left us brimming with enthusiasm and, hopefully, a new set of squash skills and awareness. Christopher certainly had plenty of memories to mull over on his return trip…just a brief 4,408 miles away.