Squash is a sport played with a racket and ball where two players or four (in case of doubles) alternate in striking the ball on to the four walls. The objective while playing squash is to ensure that you hit the ball in such a way that your opponent is unable to make a valid return shot.
Barbados TODAY will feature some of Barbados’ outstanding squash players over the next couple of days. In today’s edition is a former 15-time national women’s champion Karen Meakins.
At what age did you start to play squash?
10 years old.
What is your occupation?
Business owner/squash coach.
How many years have you been playing squash? 38
What or who inspired you to play squash? My parents
How many days a week do you normally spend training?
At least 5, but more if I am training for a tournament.
Who is your coach?
No coach, my gym trainer is Liz Foley.
Where do you often train?
I train at the Barbados Squash Club, Surfside Gym and also at home if I am doing fitness work.
Have you had the privilege of representing Barbados at any regional or international tournaments?
I have represented Barbados since 2002. I have played regionally as well as in three Central American and Caribbean Games and two Pan-Am Squash Championships.
Are you right or left-handed?
What is your favourite shot?
Backhand Volley Drop
Who is your favourite squash player? Nicol David
Are there any goals you have in mind that you would like to accomplish in the sport?
I have achieved a lot of my squash goals already since I have been playing squash for so long! My one remaining goal is to win a World Masters title.
Besides squash are there any other sports that you play?
I don’t play any other sports seriously but I love trying any new sports especially beach sports.
What do you see as your greatest accomplishment?
It’s hard to choose one so I’ll list my best three; winning 15 consecutive National titles, winning a silver medal in the Individual Event at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, winning a silver medal at the 2010 World Masters.
What are your plans for your game of squash in the future?
To keep training, competing and challenging the younger players for as long as my body will allow!!!
What would you say to a child or adult to encourage them to choose squash as a sport?
There is no other sport like squash. If you like being challenged both physically and mentally then squash is the sport to try. You will also make many new friends if you become part of the squash community.