Playing Squash In The Rain Is Messy!

I don’t know what you did last weekend, but I spent it with 7,500 other athletes competing in 63 sports, across 70 venues over 10 days at the 12th Australian Masters Games in Geelong, Victoria.

That’s not quite the same number of athletes as the Olympics, but it sure is close!

I competed in the Men’s 45-49 age category in Squash.

My competition started bright and early on Friday morning with a 9:00 AM game that I won 9-0, 9-1 and 9-0 followed by a mid-afternoon match I also won 9-2, 9-1 and 9-0.

What a start to the competition!

My third match of the tournament was on Saturday morning, I won that one 9-2, 9-2, 9-4, putting me into at least a Silver Medal position and into the Gold Medal Match on Sunday.

This was the confirmation I needed that the drills and routines I’d been focusing on are working. I explain in my Mindset Of A Champion Program that you either win now or win later – if you win now (during training) you won’t necessarily win when the competition comes around. By practicing what you CAN’T DO very well, means you’ll lose points now, but you’ll start to win – hopefully in time for the upcoming tournament – later.

The Gold Medal Match didn’t go my way at all, I lost 9-6, 9-2, 9-4.

Dr Marc Dussault 2009 Australian Masters Silver Medallist Squash 45-49

Dr Marc Dussault 2009 Australian Masters Silver Medallist Squash 45-49

I spent two hours writing a detailed synopsis of the Gold Medal match (terrible refereeing), but have chosen not to include it here, because out of context, no matter how it’s written, it appears like a poor loser winging about losing which isn’t the point. There are countless lessons learned – the post was originally 4 pages long.

So instead I’ll simply tell you a story from a high jumper who competed at the Olympics (not sure which one).

He was the only one in his sport who trained in the rain for the high jump – JUST IN CASE IT RAINED at the Olympics…

It rained at the Olympics.

He won the Gold.

I will start ‘playing squash in the rain’ so that I am ready the next time it gets messy on the court!

8 Responses to “Playing Squash In The Rain Is Messy!”

  • Congratulations Marc!!!

    What a great Picture.

    Glad you didn’t mention the terrible refereeing lol.


  • Great Job Marc!

    It’s an outstanding achievement to be no.2 in the country for your sport. I personally know that it takes a lot of dedication, a lot of personal time and lots of sore muscles in training to get were you are. Keep focused, keep training hard and I am sure you will get the GOLD next year mate!

    Paulo Freitag
    Naswell Corporation

    PS. Remember to train to beat the ref, watch some of John McEnroe’s Tennis Matches. “!@#$%^&* Ref! You can not be serious!”

  • Marc!


    With all the hours put into drills and training I am sure your game would have lifted over the last time you competed;

    Looking forward to hearing the stories on the court;


  • Michael,
    It needs to be said that you had a LOT to do with my unbeaten streak to the Gold Medal Match. Without your help in the last 2-3 weeks it would not have been as ‘easy’…

    Thanks for that!

    Starting next week, we’ll make changes to PLAN for a rainy day – it’s the ONE thing we both need to focus on so that if it rains, we have an umbrella!

    I’ll explain on the court – I have 3 or 4 drills/games/exercises in mind that will be both FUN and VALUABLE!

    Onward and upward!

  • Bonjour Marc,

    Félicitations sur votre médaille d’argent,

    En avant et ascendant,

    votre ami


    p.s I translated this using Google, (which thanks to you is my new best friend), so I hope you can read it.

    I have had a pretty awful weekend, so your success has been like a ray of sunshine. Fantastic effort and job well done. If my math (note the spelling) is correct, then out of the 7,500 athletes,surely you are in the top 1%, which is outstanding.

    As a soon to be Australian, what a bloody ripper result (Bonza!)

  • Oui, je comprends bien la traduction…

    Merci beaucoup mon cher ami.

    A la prochaine!

    Toujours plus loin, plus haut!

  • Hey way to go Marc, Congratulations !


  • Il n’y a pas de quoi,


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