Tamika a rising star
By PAUL CHAMBERS
COFFS Harbour's outstanding squash talent Tamika Saxby, 12, continues to make her mark in top level competition.
Tamika trains at Korora Squash centre under the watchful eye of her coach and father Peter and she her prowess is developing rapidly.
Last month she took part in the Victorian State Championships in Melbourne and came away as undefeated U13 champion for the second year running as well as finishing a creditable sixth in the U15's.
Earlier this month she competed in the NSW State Championships at Thornlea in Sydney, once again winning all her matches in the U13 competition taking the title for the second successive year.
These performances saw her selected in two State teams.
Her first assignment will be with the U15 State team for the grudge match with Queensland at Ipswich at the end of August followed by playing for the U13 NSW team in the National Championships at Ballarat in September.
Tamika will be able to fine tune her game at the Junior Country Championships which will be held on August 2and 3 in Coffs Harbour, a competition she has high hopes of success.
She an enthusiastic player who puts enjoyment alongside winning as the things she enjoys most about the sport.
"I really enjoy mucking around and having fun on the court and I really enjoy myself the most when I am winning competitions," she said.
"My best achievement to date is being ranked seconf in Australia for the U13 age group last year."
So what does she she hope to achieve in the future.
"My goal at the moment is to reach no.1 ranking in Australia this year and beyond, and then go on and represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and other big international events," she said.