October 25th, 2016

Gran takes up squash – at age of 83

Gran takes up squash – at age of 83 Gran takes up squash – at age of 83
New girl on court - Bimla Devi and granddaughter Monika. (s)

YOU’RE never too old it’s often said.

That is certainly something Bimla Devi would agree with having just taken up squash at the age of 83.

Bimla visited the leisure centre with her granddaughter, Monika Plaha, and liked the look of the squash court. Luckily for her, squash coach Alison Insley had a gap in her timetable invited both ladies to try a free session.

“Bimla had never stepped on a squash court beforel,” said Alison. “By the end of our session she was able to bounce the ball on her racket, bounce the ball against the floor using the racket and we even managed a 41 shot rally…which I would call a success!

After the session, Bimla asked to borrow Alison’s racket and ball so that she could return and play a little on her own.

Alison added: “I’m not expecting Bimla to play squash competitively as a sport but I have no doubt she will enjoy using the skills she learned to keep her mentally and physically active. It’s wonderful to see.”

Bimla has been well and truly bitten by the squash bug.

She told The Observer: “I loved my session with Alison, I never thought I could play but I can.

“I can’t wait to play again. It’s so much fun. I’ve been practicing balancing the ball on the racket at home, then hitting the ball lightly up in the air with the racket. I try to practice these skills every day.”

The ladies squash community at the Welton Road leisure centre has grown rapidly since the New Year under Alison’s guidance and she now has around 20 active female players – from complete beginners to those playing in the local leagues, including the Warwickshire County Ladies over 40s team.