Gladstone squash star eyes place in Queensland school side
BREE Dunn has played squash since she was old enough to hold a racquet, playing in a host of big tournaments all over the state.
No matter how many she competes in, the nerves don't disappear, and so despite having made the state school side in previous years, the upcoming trials still have Bree nervous.
The 16-year-old will travel to the tournament with four other Gladstone hopefuls and says drawing upon her friends for a cheer will help her get through the tough moments.
"We will cheer for each other," she said.
"When we are on court we are rivals but we cheer for each other off it."
Joined by her brother Hayden, Nick Laver, Emily Turner and David Turner, there will be a lot of support for each of the Gladstone players.
Needing to make the top four in the respective age groups, Bree says all of the players are a good shot.
"Us girls will; the boys, (it) depends how they play," she said with a small chuckle.
"There will be people from everywhere."
The tournament, to be held in Bundaberg from May 22-25, will pit Queensland's best against each other.
"I want number one," she said.
"I am number one for Capricornia so I want to stay that for Queensland."
Ranked eighth in Queensland last year, Bree has had to fight so far in the schools competition simply for ranking, so she is keen to get her spot in the state team.
"It has been pretty easy, there are only three girls in the under-19s in Capricornia," she said.