At just 13, Doyce has big plans in squash


KUALA LUMPUR: Doyce Lee (pic) is only 13. And already, she has plans to be a big squash star.

The Sabahan, who first picked up a squash racquet when she was five, is already on the road to glory. Last year, she won the Sabah Under-12 title. She also finished fourth in the Under-13 category of the Asian Junior Championships in Macau last year. In February, she was runner-up in the Under-13 of the National Junior Championships in Bukit Jalil.

The Form One student of SMK St Francis Convent in Kota Kinabalu wants to make her debut in the Sukma in Johor Baru in March to win gold in the doubles event.

“I also want to turn professional after my Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) in 2024. My target is to be the number one national squash player in six years. I also want to be the top player in the world rankings,” said Doyce.

Her first step towards achieving her lofty dreams will be beating players who are older than her.

“I also need to improve every aspect of my game in the next year to make sure that I’m physically and mentally in good form in competitions.

“It’s going to be a challenge to juggle my studies and squash but I’m all fired up for it,” said Doyce, who is in good hands when training, both in squash techniques and physical strength.

Her eldest brother Duncan, 19, has represented Malaysia in squash competitions while another brother Douglas, 16, is a bodybuilder.

“I used to accompany my brother Duncan for squash when I was five.

“After six months, I switched to gymnastics but I switched back to squash three years later after failing to make progress in the sport.

“Now, I hope to get it right in squash,” said Doyce.

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