Who's World Championship
Published: 18 Apr 2007 - 06:45 by raystrach
Updated: 17 Aug 2007 - 03:04
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I was running a Sports centre in the late 1990's, seeing many extremely ordinary players play and enjoy the game as though they were world champions. Many of them had been playing for many years without any apparent improvement in their game.
Then it struck me.
When 2 players of similar standard play, they can play the game at 100% pace - absolutely flat out - something that you can do in very few sports when you are not an expert.
Every time these players went on court, they WERE playing their very own world championship. As far as they were concerned, they could not go any faster or harder, they could not play any better.
They were at the very top of their own little world measuring about 10 metres by 6 metres by about 5 metres high. It does not really matter they, according to some, were playing crap squash.
They only ever know they are playing crap Squash when they come up against someone a lot better. But then, that is true no matter what your standard.
After not seeing him for a few years, I ran into Brett Martin who was number 2 in the world at that time. I asked him how he was going to start beating Jansher Khan, the then number 1.
"Break his legs", was the reply.
He never did beat Jansher but it does illustrate the fact that no matter how good you are, there is always someone who can take you out.
So many of our weekly warriors play their Super Series against their regular opponents, winning some, losing some, but, as the saying goes, making the Game the winner.
Then, the sort of people who come and see me are trying to pick my brain on how to move up into the next division of the World Championships. Breaking out of your own little world can become a World Championship in itself. How to add images to Members' Forum posts and replies here...
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