Squashing the competition

Cameron Seth.

Cameron Seth has been making quite a "racquet" on the court.

Through hard work and dedication the Computer Science and Mathematical Physics student has defended his Ontario University Athletics' (OUA) men's individual squash champion title again this year.

Cameron has been working hard to get where he is today. He has been playing squash since the age of five thanks to encouragement from his parents, who are also squash players. Cameron started his career at Elora Racquets Club and progressively became more serious about the sport, playing provincial and national tournaments.

I like that there is so much strategy to the game, and so many different styles. I also like the individuality of the sport. There is no requirement for a sparring partner like tennis/badminton. In fact the majority of my training is solo practicing, which is pretty rare in most sports. It gives me lots of time to think and analyze the game. - Cameron Seth

In his first year at Waterloo, the fourth-year student won the Canadian Junior Squash Championships and attended the world championships, the highlight of his squash career thus far. Now in his fourth year, Cameron has not only defended his OUA men’s individual squash title but was also named OUA MVP and OUA All-star.

This year the competition was the toughest it has been in the last 3-4 years, so going into the tournament I knew it would be a difficult task to win the individual title. – Cameron Seth

Over the last eight months this fourth year student has been training harder and with more focus, usually getting in about 10 sessions in a week (three weight sessions, four fitness sessions, 3-4 squash sessions) in addition to tournaments once every two weeks or so. 

Although playing an individual sport, Cameron is very supportive and proud of his team.

It was fantastic to see the team secure the silver medal - our best performance in more than four years - and have our coach Vinit Kudva earn the OUA Coach of the Year. I think it just goes to show how much the team has grown and developed in the last few years, thanks to all the support from the coaches and Waterloo Athletics. I am very proud to be a Waterloo Warrior and part of the squash team. – Cameron Seth

Cameron is eager to see this success continue. A few more tournaments are coming up to finish off the season as well as the Canadian University Championships in March, where Cameron is hoping to take home a medal. After that Cameron will be playing in the Canadian Senior Championships to gain some experience against the top Canadian professionals. Long-term he wants to begin playing full-time professional squash after he graduates in April 2016.

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