Sixth Former Hayden Tetley played in his first national squash tournament and has attained the rank of 55th in the country in his age group. Hayden, who has been playing the sport for eight years, and already plays at county level, attends a squash academy in Wellingborough and trains as part of his IEC activities on Wednesday afternoons.
During the recent British junior championship at the National Squash Centre in Manchester he played opponents that were all ranked higher than him. Hayden said: ‘There were 32 entries and I was the lowest ranked in the tournament. I was not expecting to win a match as, for my first match, I played the England no 4 so I lost to him. In my second match I beat someone who was, at the time, 32 places higher in the rankings than me so it was quite a good victory. Squash is quite a tough game and, as it is an individual sport, the results are all down to you and how far you want to get.
‘I think I can attain a high standard. I don’t know if I could make pro because you have to be top 50 in the world to make a living from it. I am just training as much as I can and will see where I get. At the minute I am playing really well and losing to players who are top 20 in the country. It is my aim, in about year’s time, to be beating players like that. At the minute it is just good to be playing.’