Squash star Sarah Fitz-Gerald talks Deloraine Squash Club move

COURTING A MOVE: Deloraine Squash Club member Cory Youd and squash champion and court developer Sarah Fitz-Gerald meet with Patrick Sheehan, Cameron Dalley, Laura Richardson, Rodney Synfield and Rodney Youd to discuss the construction of a new squash facility in Deloraine. Picture: Hamish Geale

COURTING A MOVE: Deloraine Squash Club member Cory Youd and squash champion and court developer Sarah Fitz-Gerald meet with Patrick Sheehan, Cameron Dalley, Laura Richardson, Rodney Synfield and Rodney Youd to discuss the construction of a new squash facility in Deloraine. Picture: Hamish Geale

Five-time squash world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald visited Deloraine on Wednesday to explore the relocation of the Deloraine Squash Club, as calls for a multi-sport complex at Alveston Drive continue to gain traction. 

The two-court facility was inundated with water during the June floods, leading club members to pursue the possibility of building a new complex rather than pay for repairs to the existing courts.

Club member Cory Youd said the prospect of constructing a new three-court complex at Alveston Drive was an enticing one for players. 

“We're at a critical time now where it'd be great if we could get support to have all our sports together in one precinct,” Mr Youd said. 

“We'd obviously like a new facility but it’s also a thing where we hope it would attract more people and make the community more aware that squash happens (in Deloraine).”

LEGEND: Fitz-Gerald won five world championships before moving into court construction and development.

LEGEND: Fitz-Gerald won five world championships before moving into court construction and development.

Fitz-Gerald, who has taken to building courts since retiring from the sport in 2003, said while the project was in its early stages she was always happy to be involved with people passionate about the game. 

“I've done every part of squash there is, which is being a player, a coach, I've worked in squash clubs, I’ve cleaned them, now I’m building the courts,” Fitz-Gerald said.  

“Through Court Tech I get to travel around Australia and hopefully improve and build better facilities right across the country.” 

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