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Strong Skilled Squash Brothers
On hearing the word ‘squash’ one might automatically think of the elongated, yellowish pear-shaped relative to the pumpkin that is commonly seen on those cooking television shows. For Mandela and Nku Patrick, two students of Naparima College, the word ‘squash’ has them alert, focused and ready with their racquets in hand. For those who are unfamiliar with the sport, squash is quite similar to tennis, except that it is played in an enclosure that has four walls. These walls have horizontal markings on them creating segmentations. Each segment represents an area to gain points or to lose points. Each game goes up to a total of 11 points. The game demands full attention, excellent hand-eye coordination, as well as a faithful marriage to discipline. Describing themselves as diligent and enthusiastic, Mandela (age 16) and Nku (age 15) have claimed a relentless love for the sport of squash since the tender age of seven. This love for the sport came from their father Raymond Patrick who is currently the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association. “Ever since they were able to hold a racquet, I got them involved in the sport,” Mr. Patrick related to gieMAGAZINE. Today his boys have done him very proud, both of them being the youngest to ever be selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago alongside the senior Squash Team.
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