Winner beats mum, big sister

20:48, Jun 23 2014
Katie Fairweather
TALENTED: Katie Fairweather, of Southland Girls' High School, won the Southland and Fiordland squash opens this month.

Squash player Katie Fairweather beat her mother in a semifinal and her sister in the final of the Fiordland Women's Open.

Fairweather, 16, was hopeful of success against her mother, Pauline, and sister Rebecca, 20, at the open held in the Fiordland Community Events Centre in Te Anau this month.

"I do a lot more training than them," Katie Fairweather said.

A week after the Fiordland success, Fairweather won the Southland Women's Open at Squash City, Invercargill. She gained an unexpected win over Emily Flett in the final.

Flett won the first set 15-10 but Fairweather took the next three 16-14 15-6 and 15-11.

Fairweather will be playing in the South Island Open in Invercargill this week, with matches being held at Squash City and Stadium Southland.

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The teenager is off to the South Island (Oamaru) and North Island (Hamilton) junior championships next month.

Ranked No 2 junior in Southland, Fairweather is in the Squash Southland high-performance squad, coached by Simon Budd.

"She puts a lot of effort in at all times, doesn't need to be prompted," Budd said of Fairweather. "She's got quite a lot of ability for her age."

Fairweather also plays badminton at Southland Girls' High School. She and Tayo Dobias have won the doubles title at the school's badminton tournament for the past five years.

Social netball and touch are among Fairweather's other interests.

The Southland Times