LOCAL squash star sisters Taryn and Kelly Emslie have made the East London squash community proud, with Taryn winning the U16 Closed Championship title in Johannesburg and Kelly bagging second in the U13 ranking tournament.
Starting out her first year in the U16 category at 27th in the rankings, Taryn is now ranked the number one U16 female player in the country.
“I feel like my hard work is paying off,” said Taryn, 15.
The Clarendon Girls’ High School pupil, who started playing squash in Grade 7 with her dad, also recently made the U19 Eastern Cape tennis team and the Border U16B hockey team.
“I still play hockey and tennis so it is a battle to fit everything in but squash is my first choice. I always enjoy it,” said Taryn.
Also playing her fair share of sport, younger sister Kelly was the number one border U11 player in her first year of playing squash, and is now ranked second in the U13 age group at just 12 years old.
The Grade 7 Hudson Park Primary School pupil was inspired to play squash by her dad and older sister.
“From the first time I hit a squash ball, I knew I wanted to be a squash player.”
Kelly made the Eastern Cape U/13 tennis team and also plays U13A hockey and U13A waterpolo at her school.