Article courtesy of elkodaily.com.
ELKO – The world’s No. 1 healthiest sport – according to Forbes Magazine – has finally come to Elko.
Squash professional Robby Testa, in conjunction with Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Center and US Squash, are responsible for bringing the sport to the community.
Testa addressed why people in Elko would want to pick up a squash racquet and play this sport instead of others.
“You can burn anywhere from 1, 000-1200 calories an hour, ” said Testa. “(Squash) requires a lot of strategy. You can do anything with the ball: you can keep it up short, put it up back (or) put it up high.”
In addition to the health benefits, Testa said now is an extremely exciting time to join the squash community to help to push the United States squash program into the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.
“We made it into the final selection when wrestling got kicked out last summer, ” said Testa. “We made it in the top three with baseball and softball, but wrestling got back into the top three. … We now have the opportunity to play squash in the Olympic scenario (again).”
Testa said squash is being played heavily on the East Coast and he wants to bring more excitement and focus to the sport on the West Coast.
“(The United States) has the largest (squash) youth tournaments in the world in the East Coast, ” said Testa. “We are trying to show that the USA is a very viable squash competitor and we want to present that in the Olympics.”
To help achieve Testa’s inadvertent Olympic dream, he is starting to teach Elko’s youth and adults alike about squash’s rules and the perks accompanied with playing it.
Testa has already started the conversation with Elko High School and the Elko Boys and Girls Club.
“(Elko High School’s athletics director) Lynette Davis has asked me in January to set something up to get the kids on the court, ” said Testa. “I want to put together a DVD that goes from the high school to the middle school and see if there is any youth that wants to check it out and see how they can get involved with squash here in the community.”
Testa said one of the best things about squash, and why it would be perfect to incorporate in the school system, is squash is part of what the U.S. Olympic Committee calls a “safe sport.” The idea is that the sports environment is clean and safe. All clubs, coaches, parents and athletes are required to be on the same page about how to act in the squash community.
“No bullying, no drugs (and a) clean, safe atmosphere, that is what I want to promote, ” said Testa.
To sign up for squash classes you can either call the Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Center or call Testa directly at 702-236-1547.