Joseph Smythe | Sport

Joseph Smythe | Sport

I’m a respectful, passionate, and resilient young athlete, who is willing to sacrifice anything to achieve results. From a very young age, I have been passionate about squash and have always had a goal of representing my country on the world stage. Playing sport has always given me enjoyment and appreciation of what we have. It has allowed me to travel over the world, meet amazing athletes and develop an understanding of different cultures. The highlight of my career would be playing in the USA Junior Open in December 2019. I was exposed to many talented players from all over the world, which has made me more determined to train harder. This trip allowed me to learn key principles of a successful athlete such as preparation and nutrition.

I am always looking to give back to my community, e.g. I run a school lunchtime club once a week providing lunch meals to over 50 students and helping with homework. I’ve really enjoyed helping the students and providing them with an increased chance at learning in the classroom. I also coach a wide range of juniors and adults at my local squash club. It has provided me with immense pleasure watching the juniors and adults improve their level of skill and for them to then enjoy the game more.
I’m aware of the financial impact all of my training and trips throughout NZ has had on my parents and I really appreciate the sacrifices that they have made for me.
One quote that I have cherished throughout my career is by Tim Notke. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” I hold a great connection for this quote as I have witnessed this throughout my squash, cricket, and schooling experience. I think about the purpose of this quote when things get hard, which helps me push through tough times. I’m always trying to be a better version of myself in my daily life.


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February 15, 2022