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Dear SquashSite Readers,
Here is a thought of mine, inspired by this quote from the movie
Sucker Punch. Which is a
weird movie, but that line really stood out to me.
Now in squash terms, of course!
I am sure Iím not the only one who occasionally doubts their
preparedness for a competition. So far in my career itís been rare
that Iíve gone into a tournament feeling that my preparation was as
stellar as it could have been.
I certainly do everything in my power, but there are always
obstacles! I get to the first match of the tournament, and this
feeling of unpreparedness is a constant itch, manifesting as a lack
of confidence on court.
Iíll give you a couple nice examples....
There once was a tournament, and I played mildly injured, something
funky in my left Achilles. I was pretty worried about this, but knew
I was going to give it my all regardless. It was my last event of
the season. I didnít realize I had Ďall my weaponsí until after the
I had played decent in the first round, and then going into the
second round, I had watched my opponent and thought she was
competing really well. I went in expecting a five gamer. I was quite
nervous! I played the first rally, and from there I knew I had
everything I needed, and proceeded to win three straight. It was all
there inside, I just had to trust myself!
On the other end of the scale, there was a tournament at home in
Toronto, where I was sick leading up to it. I absolutely let this
cold get the better of me. I sunk into this dark place and couldnít
find happiness or a solution. I had all my weapons, and I didnít
The cold wasnít the problem. I walked onto the court to warm up,
already a loser.
In one of these matches, my outlook was to fight to the bitter end
with what I had, and in the other it was to just get through the
match/get it over with. Guess what I plan to do from here on out?
In the end, if I want to get to the next level, I have to accept all
of the things I canít do in each match, and embrace the things I
can. I have the ability to compete, and thatís what Iíll be using.
If you know how to play squash, go out there and fight it out!