Game of squash a long-time obsession
SCOTT Ferrier loves nothing more than to sweat in the humid big tin barn that is the Gladstone Squash Centre.
He was 14 years old when he first started playing and can be found at the centre up to five times a week.
"It's much better than tennis because you don't have to worry about the rain or wind," he said.
"It does get very humid in here, but starts to cool down at the end of March."
He said the Gladstone courts gave him an advantage against people from other regions.
"The floor is a bit different to your typical floors because this is a newer court," he said.
"When people from Bundaberg come up here to play, it's a bit slower and it takes them a while to adjust."
The courts were built three years ago and it was a relief for Mr Ferrier who had been without squash in his life for two years.
"It was a bit tough when we didn't have courts, but now with this one and my kids getting older, I can come down and play a lot," he said.
"I usually come down on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Then I'll also find the time for a bit of a hit another night if I can."
He said the club was in a strong position with a lot of people coming back to squash.
"We have about 20 juniors and 70 in our competition on Wednesday night," he said.
"I have plenty of people to play against and I'm playing more than ever."