To kick off the holiday season, squash players across the University came together to enjoy an action-packed day fundraising for the UK-based mental health charity, Sport in Mind.
What some may call a criminally early start of 6:00 am, it was all but necessary to begin the set-up of an array of cameras and monitors for CampusTV’s live stream of the event. Against the backdrop of some witty commentary from committee members, play officially began an hour later with matches taking place between players of all levels. Spinning the challenge wheel had participants playing in a multitude of weird and wacky outfits with one player even donning a full cricket kit on the court.
Throughout the day there was a frenzy of forfeits put in motion by the surpassing of each fundraising milestone with activities ranging from eating internationally feared chilli chips to wax strips. Across all courts, matches were non-stop with some players fighting it out for hours at a time. A mixture of doubles and singles play kept everyone on their toes, with tight scores and long rallies the day was set to be a great display of sport for such an incredible cause.
As the main portion of the event drew to a close, players began to gear up for the much-anticipated doubles tournament to round off the squashathon in style. Matches consisted of 1 game, first to 15 points, which led to pairs competing in one of two divisions in a knockout-style competition. Alex Pooley and Josh Cutting snagged the win for Division A while Owain Pickering and Mark Bailey came out on top in Division B.
With final scores tallied up, Bath Squash turned to their fundraising target which had been smashed (along with some rackets) totalling over £1,400. A huge congratulations goes to all those involved for putting together such an amazing event, we look forward to seeing what this University’s squash players do next!
For more information: https://www.sportinmind.org/