Doubles Squash is exciting, action-packed and fast growing, with a number of top international singles players transitioning to the team sport.
One of Australia’s most experienced female players and GC2018 Sport Ambassador Lisa Camilleri is one of these athletes.
In the last year I’ve focused on doubles training.
I’ve still had to play singles to demonstrate I’ve got the fitness, but I’ve put singles on the back-burner to focus a lot more on doubles.
Growing up on a banana farm near Tully in Queensland, Lisa has been playing squash since she was just six-years-old.
Her squash career has been an outstanding one, having represented Australia five-times on the international stage.
Lisa’s green and gold campaign kicked off in her junior years at the 2001 Women’s Junior World Championships and continued on in her senior years at the World Doubles, Women’s Senior World Championships and 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.
On top of this, Lisa has also won 21 titles on the Women’s International Squash Players Association tour (WSA).
So making a decision to focus more on a doubles campaign after a successful singles career was a crucial one.
However, the rewards are starting to show, with Lisa and partner Sarah Cardwell recently winning the Victorian Doubles Squash Women’s event, defeating Christine Nunn and Selena Shaikh 11-9, 11-9.
What’s more exciting, the number 5 ranked Australian player is vying for a doubles position at GC2018.
I’ve been focusing on the doubles training, because that’s what I’m trying to major in for the Commonwealth Games.
Having the last two Commonwealth Games doubles experience and the last 12 months focusing on just doubles training and coming back from Victoria where I won the Women’s Doubles, I’m like tick, tick, tick, this is going to be going towards my GC2018 campaign.
Fingers crossed I get selected, but we’ll see what happens.