The University of Johannesburg squash team are hard at work preparing for the University Sport South Africa tournament in July, where they are eager to maintain a remarkable run of success.
Last year, the UJ squad won the team title for the sixth time in a row and with the nucleus of that squad available again this year they should be a tough team to beat when the tournament takes place in Port Elizabeth.
Third-year student Kyle Maree, who has been one of the mainstays of the side, said their preparations were well on track for the tournament, having started in January.
“The team initially focused mostly on track work, doing 400m sprints, but also adding some court work with drills and conditioned games,” he said.
“When we draw closer to a big tournament we focus on short-burst exercises to build on the speed you need for the game.”
He said he knew, despite their success, that they would face some tough challenges in the event as a number of varsities had attracted good, young players.
“But we will just be focused on producing our best for UJ at USSA and