When did you start to play squash? Where?
I starting playing squash last year at Regency Sport and Health. My main goal was to learn the basics of squash so that I could play with my daughter Anna, who plays squash at the Madeira School.
How were you introduced to the game?
I was introduced to the game by my older daughter Sarah, who also played on the Madeira squash team. She took tennis lessons for several years at Regency Sport and Health, and we would often wander over to the squash courts and admire the pictures of the Madeira squash teams over the years.
What is your best memory about playing squash?
My favorite thing about squash is that feeling when you perfectly hit the ball and it makes that “smashing” sound. Being a runner, I used to think that running was the best way to stay in shape. Now, I think that playing squash is one of the best work-outs there is. I feel that every part of my body is engaged when I play squash.
How have you improved as a squash player working with me/What is your favorite thing about working with me?
My daughter and I have been taking lessons together with you since last year. We get the most intense workout with a squash lesson from him. My favorite thing about working with you is that you are a very positive person and you always push us to do better, mostly because you believe in your students as players. Once during a lesson, you said “You have to believe that you can hit the ball!” That is his approach for players in his lessons.
What drill do you like best and why?
I enjoy the basic straight shot followed by a cross court shot drill on the forehand and backhand. At this point, I need a lot of repetition to help get precision in my strokes.
What is your next squash goal?
My goal now is to beat my daughter Anna at squash every chance I can get!