Squash player wins first national medal
EMILY Turner finished one match short of an Australian Junior Squash Championship title in Perth.
Returning to Gladstone with a silver medal after competing in the under-17s division, Turner savoured every moment she spent on court. She loved the experience.
"The atmosphere in the final was the best. The entire competition came and watched," she said.
"There was so much emotion. I lost in four games.
"I lost the first two and vowed not to get beaten in three.
"I really hope I can get into another final one day."
It was just reward for the Gladstone player's commitment to training and playing.
For five years the 16-year-old battled on at the Australian level all around the country; denied the opportunity until now to win a medal.
It is a challenge she now wants her younger brother David to follow.
"I have played since I was in year eight, for five years. I have only finished eighth before this year," she said.
David, 14, also wants to be on the court for a final one day.
He finished 15th in the under-15s section, and now the younger Turner has two years experience under his belt to help him along the way.
"It was amazing, really good to play other people (who are) not from Queensland," he said.
"It was my second nationals but the first with the Queensland team.
"I want to make the Queensland team again and travel all of Australia."