Young squash ace eyes national team

By Cameron Leslie

Whangarei's Max Trimble probably has his mum to thank for sharing her love of squash with him as a young boy; now Trimble has his first national team in his sights.

The 15-year-old is currently a member of the New Zealand Junior World Squad which will compete in South Africa in 2014, with the squad of nine being reduced at the beginning of 2014.

Boasting a winning ratio of 75.4 per cent after having played a mammoth 89 games this season, Trimble's class speaks for itself even if the squash ace does not want to admit it himself.

"Mum used to go down and play squash, so I went down with her one time and started playing it more and more. I seemed to quite enjoy it when I started playing, doing something I guess," said Trimble.

During winter, Trimble spends half his weekends in Whangarei and the other half in Auckland for his squash.

Trimble, who recently won the squash code award at the ASB Northland Secondary School Sports Awards, said the large number of tournaments and competitors in Auckland give him a chance to further his game against unfamiliar opposition.

"There is not as much competition in Northland so I have to travel away from the region to get the good games. I'm pretty even with quite a few Auckland players so it's good."

The Northland secondary schools individual champion is also the number one seed in the Northland boys' team and was runner up in the under 17 division at the New Zealand National Age Group Championships.

Trimble's list of achievements goes on and this teenager has no intention of slowing down, except for over summer when he will pick up the cricket bat and represent both the Whangarei Boys' High School first 11 and the Northern Districts under-16 team.

Widely known in cricketing circles for his interesting bowling action, Trimble has also started playing rugby for the school again but does not see the complication of competing in two sports. As Trimble simply puts is, "Squash is kind of a winter sport, so when squash finishes cricket starts".

Trimble's mum, Gaye, admits the balancing of Trimble's sporting prowess is tricky.

"Every weekend is pretty much taken up, [but] it's good to keep him busy. He kind of just goes from one to the other," Gaye said. "So far he's managed to fit it all in but there might be a time where he'll need to pick one sport if it puts more demands on him. With his school work though, we'll have to wait and see if he has actually managed everything."

Gaye said she is looking forward to Trimble being old enough to apply for his licence so he can get himself from training to training.

Some may say Trimble's prowess comes down to genetics with his younger brother Finn, 13, also making noises on the national scene.

Regardless of what makes them so good one thing is certain, they are proud Northlanders.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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