Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Squash ,Cythe Best Sport' to Improve Your Fitness; Centre Numbers and Participation May Be Declining on Coast But

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Squash ,Cythe Best Sport' to Improve Your Fitness; Centre Numbers and Participation May Be Declining on Coast But

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Byline: Anthony Brand and AAP

SQUASH is undergoing a resurgence across Australia with dozens of courts going up in Bowen, Townsville, Innisfail and the Gold Coast ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

But on the Sunshine Coast, the number of squash centres is

declining despite squash once holding second-top position behind netball as a participation sport in Australia in the 1980s.

Squash Australia reports that for the first time in decades, new courts are being built across Australia instead of being replaced by apartments, car parks, gymnasiums and shopping centres.

C[pounds sterling]The sport is entering a new era where most courts will no longer be housed in stand-alone centres, but rather in multi-sport complexes run by local councils and not-for-profit organisations,C[yen] SA boss Gary O'Donnell said.

C[pounds sterling]We may never get back to the number of courts we had in the '70s and '80s, but we believe the downward trend has at least been halted.C[yen]

But the Sunshine Coast is yet to witness the comeback, with the closure of centres in Caloundra, Kilcoy and Cooroy in recent years, and relocation of the Nambour courts to the Police Citizens Youth Club.

Maroochy Squash Courts manager Steve Faulkner said numbers had remained steady at his centre as junior members increased due to the fitness benefits and sun-smart nature of the sport.

C[pounds sterling]It's probably the best workout you can get in such a short time,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]You're indoors so you don't have to worry about sun safety which is another benefit of playing squash.C[yen]

Leading US business magazine, Forbes, in 2010 declared squash the healthiest sport of all.

Forbes asked fitness experts to score a selection of sports in four areas Co cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility Co and also incorporated scoring on calories burned and injury risk. …

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