RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT KURIOCITY
Teenage squash sensation from Vasco, Yash Fadte discovered his love for squash at a tender age of eight. Although his father Dilip and uncle Namdev played cricket for Goa and his twin brother Om plays for the Goa Under-16 team, Yash chose a different sport. After his retirement from cricket, his father took up squash with his friends to keep himself fit. Yash would accompany him to the club to watch him play and thus picked up the sport quickly. Yash says: “Everyone in my family expected me to take up cricket but when I was eight-years-old, I told my dad about my interest in squash and that is when my journey began.”
The Vasco boy has been representing the country at most of the prestigious Junior Squash events around the globe and has brought home several laurels. For Yash sport means everything and if there was no sport he says he would probably regret every day of his life. Expressing his happiness for having been the first from Goa to win US Junior Open Squash Championship (U-17), he says: “I cannot express this feeling in words. My parents have been supporting me from day one and I credit my success to them.”
Since practice and fitness play an important role in sports, Yash makes sure he follows a routine. If there is no school he plays squash in the morning. And when he isn’t playing squash he cycles, swims or goes for a run. In the evening he plays quash for about two to three hours and his special diet contains a lot of protein.
As far as a coach is concerned, he does not have any professional coach and is trained by his father. Yash says: “Although my father never played a lot of squash he is very knowledgeable.” Dilip, who accompanies him during the tournaments whether in India or overseas, says: “As a parent I have realised that Goa is one of the best places in the world for sports because of the connectivity, you can reach places within a short span of time.” Whenever Yash needs any financial or moral support his dad is always there with him.
When asked to differentiate between playing techniques of other players in the country and at the international level, he says: “I won’t comment on their techniques, but the standard of squash outside India is too high. In India I might find good matches in the semi finals and finals but overseas from the first round every match is tough.”
Currently in class 11 at MES Higher Secondary School in Zuarinagar, Yash passed his SSC from St Joseph’s Institute, Vasco with 85 per cent. Yash has been receiving offers from top universities in the world like Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, etc. However, he wishes to play squash for the country as long as he can and bring home laurels.