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Junior Spotlight - Garrett Donnelly

Garrett DonnellyQ: At what age did you start playing squash?

I started playing squash at age 13 the summer before 8th grade.

Q: Why did you start playing?

I originally heard about squash from the intramural program at my school in seventh grade, but I did not actually try out squash until the next summer.

Q: How many times a week do you play?

During the summer or off times I play 6 days a week, but during the school year I play generally 4-5 days a week.

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment with squash?

My biggest accomplishment for squash was traveling up to the High School Nationals with the Westminster team and winning the tournament - it was a really amazing experience. The fact that we won as a team for the school made it mean so much more than winning an individual event, at least for me.

Q: Who is your favorite PSA player/role model?

My favorite PSA player is probably John White because I saw him play a match against Peter Nicol which was really sweet; I've never seen squash played at that level before or since, it was quite incredible.

Q: Current School?

Currently I attend the Westminster Schools in Atlanta GA.

Q: What do you like most about squash?

My favorite part of squash is just squash! I don't know what to say really, I love the fast paced and exhilarating game that is squash! ITS SWEET.

But I do have to say I love going to play after school because it adds a different dynamic into my day. I get to hang out with a bunch of great guys who are there to relax and play what they love. Squash a lot of times helps me get away from the stresses of school, the inane teenage gossip (not to say I am any less guilty), and what else might be on my mind.

Q: Who is/are your coach/s?

I have been taking lessons from the fabulous Tom Rumpler since eighth grade, and Andre Maur initially sparked my love for squash.

Q: Other comments?

I really hope that squash can expand in the south. Too many times have people given me strange looks when I tell them I play squash. My math teacher last year used to continually make cooking contest references to when I told him I had a "squash tournament," which albeit funny, shows peoples' lack of knowledge of squash in the south.