Henry Speeding: To The Top

Posted by on Oct 29, 2010 | Leave a Comment

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Belmont Park Racquet Club’s Henry Pyc (14) is having a dream year. After finishing 2nd in the NZ Junior Nationals in the U15 division earlier this month in Christchurch, he put the icing on the cake at the weekend when he collected the award for Most Improved Junior Male Player at the 2010 Squash Excellence Awards.

The awards recognise outstanding achievement, performance and service in the Greater Auckland squash community during the 2009/2010 season.

Henry, who comes from a squash-mad family, has been playing for Belmont Park Racquets Club on Bayswater Avenue for eight years.

“Belmont Park has been great for him and his coach Manu is awesome,” his father Peter Pyc says.

“I used to have a hit around with him on the squash court but he’s not interested in playing me anymore. I can’t even get a point off him anymore!”

Belmont Park’s professional squash coach – and NZ Coach of the Year 2009 – Manu Yam has been coaching Henry for a couple of years and has enjoyed seeing him improve every step of the way.

“I call him the scrambler – he just never gives up and makes it so hard for his opponent to score a point. His speed and retrieving skills are his greatest attributes and his mental toughness is an example for up and coming juniors.”

President of Belmont Park Racquets Club, Geoff Topham says the club is rightly proud of Henry’s achievements

“Not only is he amazing on the squash courts, he’s a kid who’ll, on a whim, enter the club’s Tennis Champs and get through to the finals.”

Belmont Park’s Squash Programme includes After School Junior Squash (Wed/Thu), Squash Fit Sessions for Adults (Wed mornings), Junior Club Night (5-6pm Thu) and Senior Club Night (7pm Thu). At time of going to print the Senior Club Champs will be in full swing, with the finals taking place on 31 October.

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