Call to Arms: Female Squash Players Needed

NSW champion squash player Napoti Teremaki is calling on more ladies to join the sport.

As the club’s only female squash player, Napoti Teremaki loves to mix in with the boys, but the NSW champion is calling for more ladies to join the sport by offering her time to mentor the next crop of squash players.

MS Teemaki has chieved plenty during her more than 20 year squash career but she still has more the give. She won the NSW masters title this year and finished runner-up in the 55-59 national event last year.

While Ms Teremaki still wants to compete at the top level, she has turned her cofus to encouraging more females to joing the squash club.

“It will be exciting if we could get a few female players introduced to the club,” Ms Teremaki said. “I would welcome them even if they haven’t played before. I am retired now so I’m happy to donate my time to them on the weekends.

“It will be good to introduce a few young players. I love being the only girl. I love the attention, I really do. I’m enjoying it but I’ve been trying to get a few girls to join. I’ve got my feelers out there and everywhere we play I’m forever asking women to join.”

Ms Teremaki started playing alongside colleagues at the University of New South Wales, where she worked in administration in the facilities management department for 32 years.

While her challenge may be to recruit the next-generation of squash stars, Ms Teremaki wants to take out the national title in the 60-64 years in Dawin this year.

Ms Teremaki, of Sylvania, trains 3 times per week and has been playing at St George Leagues Club for the past 5 years.

“I’ve been playing with the men since I joined,” Ms Teremaki said.”All the girls (in other areas) are moving to the men’s division. In a few years there probably won’t be any female teams left.

“There hasn’t been a women’s team in the club for a long time.”

Written by Michael Carayannis