Chinchilla Squash Club set to expand with $84,000
Squash: It might be a small club but Chinchilla Squash has scored big-time after being granted some much needed funding.
The squash club has secured a total of $84,000 from two grants - $34,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the remaining $50,000 from Sport Australia - to spend on extending their club house.
The news comes as the first season of the year draws to a close, and club president Teneale Luckraft is over the moon.
"It's exciting, because the club's been there for a while and it's very rare for a such small sporting club to be so successful with those grants and have that sort of money to be able to make the club even better,” Luckraft said.
With 55 members and a strong junior following, Luckraft said if anyone was interested in giving the sport a go it was a case of 'the more the merrier'.
It's the perfect time to check it out too as the winter season will hit off on July 22.
As for the summer season finals, Luckraft said a couple of standout players were Max Hart, who won the Junior Encouragement Award and Clive Cookson, who took out the President's Pick, which Luckraft described as an all-rounder award.
"He has donated his time and expertise to help improve the aesthetics of our clubhouse, as well as puts up his hand to do many of the jobs no one else really wanted to do,” she said.
"He turned up for his team every week, scored, and supported his fellow players.”
And while Luckraft highlighted these two players, she was quick to point out the stellar efforts of all teams in a challenging season in which teams were at times short on numbers.
The summer season premiers were team Earth - Jason Carey, Linda Bryan, Michael Kelly, Jake Thiele, Zoe McLaren and Colin Corlet.
The runners up were team Pluto - Max Hart, Ian Wolski, Rob Hart, Anthony McLaren and Ray Hicks.
If you would like to give squash a go, contact Jake Thiele on 0400512372.