Three years ago, Racketlon Australia and Racketlon New Zealand were invited by the FIR to send a representative each to the World championships and for discussions on how to grow the sport in the Oceania region. Since then, the 2 organisations have run a number of events and have got together annually for an annual trans Tasman exchange.

New Zealand has got the better of the Australia v New Zealand test matches to date, while the Australians have mostly come out on top in the Oceania doubles championships.

This year we have the first Oceania singles championships which is being held in Auckland, NZ on October 28th. The following day the 29th we have a teams event with players coming from all over NZ and of course an Australian contingent.

The singles championships are restricted to those elite players who have been invited by the selectors of both countries to partake, while the teams event is graded and will cater to all levels.

Early indications of interest would indicate that the NZ contingent will include former or current national representatives of all 4 sports including two former world top 40 squash players.

Jason Granville (NZ, World Over 40 Champion) and Leigh Sands (Aust) both have plenty of Racketlon experience at high level events so would be among the favourites in the men, along with former Mexican Davis Cup player Victor Romero.

Michelle Heron is NZ' s top ranked woman but the women's field is much more wide open there.

Racketlon in NZ is a growing sport with over 250 players now, mostly adults. Recruiting Juniors remains a challenge to grow the sport further in this area.

 

John Stapleton
Secretary Racketlon NZ