AT just 12 years old, Jackson Martin from Arthurs Seat is already a hit in the world of squash.
The talented young sport star will next week represent Victoria at the Australian Individual and Teams Championships in Brisbane.
Jackson has set his sights on finishing in the top 10 of the more than 250 competitors from all over Australia.
The grade six student at Red Hill Consolidated School has been honing his skills at Tonic Squash and Gym in Dromana under the eye of his mother, Amelia Pittock, who was once world-ranked number 26.
She describes Jackson’s journey into the world of squash as being nothing short of remarkable.
“Squash, often described as a chess like physical game, demands strategic thinking, lightning-fast reflexes, and tremendous endurance,” Pittock said.
“It’s a sport that appeals to a wide range of ages and abilities, and Jackson exemplifies the potential for young talent to thrive and have fun in this dynamic game.”
Adding to the legacy of squash in his family, Jackson’s dad, Rodney Martin, who resides in New York, was a former squash world champion.
Pittock, who said she was enormously proud of her son’s accomplishments, will be assistant coach to the Victorian team in Brisbane.
The individual and teams championships will be a test of Jackson’s skills and determination, with his passion and dedication sure to be an inspiration to other aspiring youngsters.
Pittock said that as Jackson heads to Brisbane, he “carries with him the dreams of a bright future in squash”.