Squash talent makes mark at national level
HOME-grown squash professional, Ryan Cuskelly, is continuing to work his way up the ladder in his chosen sport.
A fortnight ago Ryan, 19, who grew up in Evans Head, beat the best Queensland professionals at the Wynnum West Open, walking away with $750 after winning the open event.
Last month he won Squash Australia's junior athlete of the year and recently flew to Canberra to receive the highly coveted Australian Institute of sport's Sport Achievement Award.
Only 20 athletes out of the thousands who are part of the institute, earn such an award each year.
Ryan was excited to rub shoulders with other Australian sporting greats. Being seated beside Leisel Jones for the awards ceremony was a real thrill.
As a result of his 'never-say-die' attitude, Ryan's world ranking has tumbled from 280 to 115 in just eight months.
And this despite a debilitating bout of tonsillitis before Christmas, thanks to extra hard training to prepare him for tough overseas tournaments.
However, an operation to remove them in February has returned his well-being and Ryan is now focussing on tournaments in May.
Ryan and his family would like to thank the community of Evans Head for their continued support. In particular, The Evans Head Bowling Club and the Woodburn - Evans Head RSL, which both contributed $100 towards Ryan's travelling costs.