High aims for David
DAVID TURNER is yet another Gladstone product who has made it to Australian representation level in what is a 'golden period' in Gladstone sport.
The 16-year-old was selected in the Australian under-19 Open squash team which played against New Zealand in Test Match.
Despite the Kiwis being convincing 25-5 winners and David losing to Gabe Yam, it is another step in the teenager's progression in squash.
"I was surprised and happy and didn't think I would get picked,” well-spoken David said.
He was chosen as the number two seed in the Australian side and it comes on the back from his efforts at the Trans Tasman Schools Challenge.
The competition was between Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand.
"I was in the Queensland Open boy's team seeded at number two and we played for a week,” David said.
On the second day of that competition, David beat New South Wales' number one seeded Jacob Ford.
"I was pretty happy because he beat me at the Australian Open,” he said.
David defeated New South Wales' third seed Liam Bruno before Gabe again got the better of David next day.
The representative duties keep coming for David.
"Next week I leave to play for the under-17 Queensland side in the Australian Junior Championships,” David said.
"It's an individual four-day event and then after it's the Queensland team to play against the other states.”
Coaches Richard Williams, Sue Davis and Scott Ferrier have helped David's development.
"Mick Laver also helped me out a lot as awell as my dad Adam Turner,” David added.
"Richard coaches me on Wednesdays and on Fridays while Sue Davis and Scott Ferrier coaches me on Monday's.”
David said that his ultimate goal is to make the Commonwealth Games and Olympics in coming years.