Hannah is smash hit
WHEN Hannah Jamieson started beating her older brother in squash he gave up.
Playing against Hannah was too hard – plenty of other players are discovering that nowadays.
The 16-year-old Aldridge State High School student is now one of the best players in the state.
Jamieson, who trains and plays five days at Maryborough’s Bell Hilltop Squash Club, is currently ranked No.1 in Central Queensland in the under-17 age group.
She also finished fourth in the open division at the Queensland Schools Championships last month.
That impressive performance earned her another shot at glory while playing for Queensland.
For the second consecutive year, Jamieson will represent Queensland in the annual showdown against arch rivals, New South Wales, in August.
The two states will go head-to-head in Townsville and New South Wales will be looking for some revenge.
Jamieson won all her games in the same fixture 12 months ago, a performance which helped Queensland make it a clean sweep over the young Blues.
Not a bad effort when you consider Jamieson only started playing the game five years ago and only because her brother did.
She’s gone from strength-to-strength since then and she said she loves every minute of it.
“I love the sport, particularly the challenge of learning and perfecting new skills and the mental strength required to be successful in the game,” Jamieson, who trains under the watchful eyes of coach Gordon Barsby, said.
“I also love the chance to go away to tournaments – I get so much out of doing that.
“I have made some great friends.”
While Jamieson is proving to be a big hit at squash nowadays, the game hasn’t always been her passion or number one sport like it is now.
She was a talented hockey player in her native New Zealand and when her family moved to Maryborough, they thought the move would benefit her hockey because the Heritage City is well known for producing quality hockey players.
Jamieson’s hockey career was short-lived though.
“I got bored with the game,” she said.
“I wanted a new challenge and squash gave it to me.
“I certainly don’t have any regrets.”
‘I love the sport, particularly the challenge of learning and perfecting new skills’ – Queensland squash representative Hannah Jamieson