Interview with Phoebe Colman

Phoebe Colman went to St Bede’s before coming to College and is doing BTEC courses in Sport and Business. She says, “I’m pleased I made the move from School as I’m really happy at the College”. 

What’s your favourite subject and why?

I’d have to say my BTEC course in Sport. The course covers all sorts of things. I’m genuinely interested in Physiology and Performance and we gain practical hands-on experience in a variety of sports. 

How did you get into squash?

Through my dad as he played every Sunday and I started going with him and found that I really loved playing. 

Who do you currently play for and at what level?

I play for Surrey and compete at Regional and National level. I have a national competition at least once a month and travel around the UK for these. I won the GU17 Wimbledon tournament and GU17s Sandown competition in February. My main club is Limpsfield and I won our Ladies Club Championship in September. I also play for Crawley K2 and East Grinstead. 

What would you say to anyone thinking about taking up squash? 

I think it’s a great sport that you can play just for fun or competitively – it’s open to everyone. You can burn up to 1,500 calories an hour in a competitive match so it’s a fantastic sport to play if you want to keep fit. 

How often do you train and play?

I train 6 or 7 days a week depending on whether I have a big tournament coming up. I also coach twice a week and do fitness in the gym once a week for an hour. 

Have you played squash for the College?

Yes. I’ve competed in the AoC competitions (AoC is the lead organisation for college sport and physical activity) and this year I won the London and South East regional AoC squash competition. 

Do you have a sponsor?

Yes. I’m sponsored by Smash Sports and Tecnifibre. 

What other sports do you play?

I used to play football before spending so much time playing squash. Now I just concentrate on squash as I don’t have much time for anything else! 

What are your ambitions for the future?

My dream is to become a professional squash player or become a squash coach. I think it’s a realistic goal. I just need to make my mark in the National Championships. 

Phoebe Colman, March 2017

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