SQUASH duo Rachael Chadwick and Rob Blair hold three county titles between them after dominating the Cheshire Closed Championships.
The Chester Rugby Club squash players enjoyed great success at the Warrington event, with 18-year-old Chadwick winning the under 19s and the senior women’s title and Blair walking off with the over 45s crown.
Now Chadwick, of Waverton, is considering whether she wants to become a professional player.
“I have played since I was 12 and been entering the county competitions since I was 13,” she said.
“Last year I was runner-up in the seniors to a professional, but she wasn’t here this time!
“I have thought about turning professional before, but I’ve never got round to it. Maybe now I’ll look at the possibility a bit more.”
Chadwick certainly trains like a pro. While her friends go out partying she in hard at work on the courts. And when she’s not practising she is studying for her NVQ in Sports Therapy at Mid Cheshire College.
“I play in the men’s division at Chester as I am the only woman at the club and I feel I get more benefit from playing against the boys,” she said.
Chester clubmate Blair, from Frodsham, is racking up the masters honours.
The 49-year-old, who coaches squash at Frodsham Leisure Centre, won the over 45s Cheshire Masters title by beating Ian Stevenson.
It is his fifth county masters accolade and he has now set his sights on next year’s Over 50s World Masters Open.
That title is held by Wigan’s Ian Bradburn, who plays in Division Two of the North West Counties League against Blair, who used to play for Forest Hills Squash Club in Frodsham before it folded.
“When Cheshire played Lancashire earlier in the season, I beat him,” he said. “He and I are on some sort of par and as I turn 50 in July, I am looking forward to trying to take his title.”
Junior Chester RUFC club member Sam Addison, 14, also won at the closed championships, bringing home the U15s Cheshire Plate.