Bright Young Things
Whacking a ball around a court is what Corbin Faint loves to do. Jessica Sutton catches up with the fit youngster.
Setting aside certain days for homework and assignments and other days for training, is how Corbin Faint keeps a balance between school and sport.
The 12-year-old Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School pupil fell into squash about three years ago after accepting an invitation to play in a family match with his mum and uncle.
"I wasn't that good," he says.
"I liked hitting the ball though. A few months later I decided to get lessons. I was starting to get better so I started playing competitively 18 months ago. I really enjoy it."
In the past 12 months, Corbin has lifted his game and managed to go from a grade E2 to a C1.
According to the New Zealand Squash statistics website, he has made more progress than any other squash player in the country. That's out of both adults and children.
He has competed at both regional and national competitions, including the New Zealand Junior Open, and the Wellington Open.
"I get to meet people from different teams and different areas. It's fun. It's a good game."
But squash isn't the only sport he plays. Cricket, volleyball, basketball, swimming and football are also on his agenda, so juggling his sport and school life can often be tough.
"On a Monday to a Wednesday I have to get all my homework done. Then I don't have to think about it for the rest of the week. I pretty much train four times a week and I play about six games."
He trains twice a week with the Palmerston North Boys' High School team, where he will be going to secondary school next year.
Corbin hopes that one day his training will pay off and he will represent New Zealand.
He is awaiting results to see where he will rank in New Zealand against other boys his age.
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