Issue 4 - 8 May 2012 enews home

Fitness student makes Aussie squash team

By Patrick Nelson

Adam Bourke

Rhys Dowling … highest calling

Charles Darwin University student Rhys Dowling has been selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Men's Squash Championships in Qatar.

It is the highest calling so far for the Darwin-based Australian under 17 champion, who this year was also named NT Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

"Making the Australian team had been my top priority, so now that I've done that I'll have to raise the bar a little," he said.

"Hopefully I will give a good account of myself in Doha but there will be some very strong nations out there."

Rhys, an NT Institute of Sport scholarship holder with four junior national titles and two Arafura Games gold medals to his credit, hopes to make a career as a full time professional on the international circuit.

Already he travels to interstate tournaments once or twice a month to earn points for his world ranking, which sits in the 280s.

"The further I advance in a tournament the more points I get," he said.

Rhys, who trains six days a week when in Darwin, is working towards a Certificate III in Fitness at CDU, as part of his Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.

He has already completed a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation at CDU.

In the lead up to the world championships in July, Rhys will compete in the Territory Open in Alice Springs, at tournaments in Perth, the Barossa and Malaysia, and sit a mathematics exam in Darwin.