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Family of squash players hit their top 10s

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Awash with squash… (from left) Nick, Marcus, Aggie and Henry Griffiths

The Griffiths family has achieved a sporting rarity – four members are ranked in the Auckland squash top 10 for their age groups. 

Dad Nick (55) is ranked fourth in the over-55 male division; daughter Aggie (10) is number one in Auckland for under-11 females (and fourth in New Zealand); and sons Marcus (15) and Henry (13) are seventh and eighth respectively in the under-15 male division. 

Nick has played squash for more than 20 years at Devonport Squash Club, and has won its club champs three times. 

Gradually, his kids started picking up racquets too. Marcus hopes to go deep into C-grade this year, and Henry hopes to make the same grade, while Aggie is aiming for Auckland and national under-13 titles. 

The junior trio are training for North Is- land and Auckland age-group champs. 

Nick’s aims are more modest. He hopes “to keep playing as long as I can,” and he is leading a Devonport team to the national masters club champs in Dunedin in August. 

Missing from the line-up is mum Lesley, who is not a squash player, but a keen supporter from the gallery. 

“I’m proud of them all – especially my old hubby,” she says. 

This article originally appeared in the 3 July 2020 edition of the Flagstaff. Read online here.

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