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SQUASH, THE SPORT Iman Iqbal (bottom row, far left), a seventh grader at Memorial Middle School, plays at the Houston Squash Club.
Squash. What is the first thing that you think of? I’m sure that the first thing that comes to mind is the vegetable, but it’s also a sport! Squash was invented in the 1860s, and many people play it all around the world like me. Squash is a racquet sport played in a court like racquetball.
I first got into squash because my dad had played it his whole life and was a champion at it. He, therefore, wanted the same opportunities for my sister and me. Squash has been a journey and will continue to be a lifelong passion as I get older. I want to play for college and hopefully professionally one day. Ever since I was 9, squash has presented me many opportunities for traveling around the country and helped me grow as a person, and I have made lifelong friends who continue to motivate me every day. Squash has taught me self-discipline, has helped me become more responsible, and it has helped me become more confident.
I know that I would not be where I am today if I didn’t put in a lot of sweat, tears, time, and dedication. Personally, I hate to lose anything, especially squash matches.
Playing squash, however, has taught me how I can learn from losing. The best way to change from losing to winning is by putting in a lot of dedication and time. I used to lose every match initially and cried afterward until I realized that my attitude and training had to change. With a lot more effort and learning from other players, I have been able to win more than 10 medals and trophies! I train for at least four or more hours every week. Additionally, I also train on the Peloton bike to work on my stamina, along with 2-3 mile runs.
Even with all the challenges that I have faced and will continue to face, I know that my passion and love for squash will only continue to grow as I grow older!
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