Squash is a sport played with a racket and ball where two players or four (in the 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 few weeks. In today’s edition is youngster Lenna Hamati.
Name: Lenna Hamati
What school do you attend?
St Lawrence Primary School.
At what age did you start to play squash?
I started to play at 7 years old.
What or who inspired you to play squash?
My dad found his old squash rackets at work and then we researched squash in Barbados.
How many days a week do you normally spend training?
2 days a week.
Who is your coach?
I train with Lilianna White and Shawn Simpson.
Have you had the privilege of representing Barbados at any regional or international tournaments?
I was going to represent Barbados in Bermuda this year.
Are you right or left-handed?
What is your favourite shot?
A cross court shot.
Who is your favourite squash player?
Jodi and Jada Smith-Padmore (twin)
Are there any goals you have in mind that you would like to accomplish in the sport?
I want to be a champion!
Besides squash, what are your hobbies?
I love traveling.
What do you see as your greatest accomplishment?
Being on the Barbados junior squash training squad.
What are your plans for your game of squash in the future?
Becoming a coach.
What would you say to a child or adult to encourage them to choose squash as a sport?
It’s a very active sport and it’s fun once you start playing.