Squash coach courts more players

Give the game a go: Coach Peter Bastow shares tips to Joel Liberatore at Marconi Squash Centre. Picture: Wesley Lonergan
Give the game a go: Coach Peter Bastow shares tips to Joel Liberatore at Marconi Squash Centre. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

PETER Bastow wants to get people back inside to play sport.

Normally, the conventional wisdom is to get people outside to play sport and not be "couch potatoes".

Bastow, 44, recently started as coach of the Marconi Squash Centre at Bossley Park.

A long-time player of the game, Bastow also played against some of the world's best in major tournaments.

"I ate, slept and breathed squash," Bastow said.

However, he said in recent years playing numbers in the sport have declined.

He wants to play a role in reversing the trend and encourage and coach young players on the squash courts.

Official Australian Sports Commission figures show there are 108,000 registered players playing the game who are 18 years and older, in the nation.

The figures also revealed 61.4 per cent of squash players are male.

Bastow said there are three courts at the Marconi Squash Centre and his master plan is to see them full and busy all the time.

Bastow is accredited with Squash Australia and Squash NSW.

"Over the years I have coached players of all abilities from beginners to those who are good enough to play at higher levels," he said.

"You need to be fit to play squash, not play squash to get fit."

As a player Bastow said he played against master Pakistan great and six-times world champion Jahangir Khan and also Australian and world No. 3 Chris Robertson.

Among his other sporting endeavours is cricket.

Bastow has represented NSW at indoor cricket.

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