British champ backs city squash club

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BRITISH champion Daryl Selby faced an unusual opponent in 73-year-old Colin Stratford at the launch of the all new Milton Keynes Squash Club last week.

Colin, from Milton Keynes, worked for 30 years as a craftsman at Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell where he started playing squash, and jumped at the chance to play world number nine Selby.

Colin said: “It’s such a pleasure to still be playing at 73. I would encourage others to enjoy life more with sport. The rewards are tremendous.”

And Colin’s opponent was impressed by his determination, and urged people to get involved in the game.

“It’s an inspiration to see characters like Colin playing,” said Selby. “Squash really has a supportive community which beginners or professionals, young or old can enjoy.”

The main event of the club’s launch was Selby playing Chris Ryder, the world number 38, celebrating the re-opening of the club’s court at Kiln Farm.

The evening was a real success in front of a capacity audience, with a gruelling five set game, culminating in a win by Ryder.

MK Squash Club chairman David Boyd was delighted with how well the evening went as fans got the chance to watch the on-court action from the viewing area.

He said: “We hope to expand the number of exhibition events we hold there as well as bringing in more club players – whether they are juniors or those just wanting to learn.”

Anyone interested in taking up squash can email the chairman at david.boyd@mksquash.co.uk.