East Gore School Pupil Neve Cowley (9) won the South Island under-11 squash title in Oamaru last weekend.
Amazingly, she only started playing squash seriously in term two of this year.
Father and sports activator Bodean Cowley said as well as winning the South Island championship, Neve had won the only two tournaments she had competed in.
“She has also just been named in the Southland squash squad,” Cowley said.
Neve had grown up around squash, he said.
“We just moved [and found] there are a lot more kids in the Gore Town and Country Squash Club. There are also a lot of girls, so I think that made her want to play,” he said.
Cowley said Neve had taken to the sport really well.
“She achieves highly under the radar.”
Neve said her family of five was really involved with squash.
“My whole family plays, too.”
Cowley said family members were either coaching or playing squash almost every day.
He said the Gore club was really welcoming to players, especially the young ones.
“The committee really thinks about younger players. It’s great – there is way more younger ones involved.
“The whole club is great and they have an exceptional facility.”