IPC Coach – Hannah Davies

March 22, 2016

Athletic History:

Played squash since the age of 8 and internationally for Wales since the age of 12. Have been Welsh Number 1 in the age categories U15, U17 and U19. Made European U19 number 2 in the 2010/2011 season and was also part of Welsh Team who finished 2nd in the European Junior Team Championships. Throughout my senior career I have been part of the Welsh Ladies Team who in 2014 finished 5th in the European Team Championships. After taking a year out to focus on my studies I finished 4th in the most recent (2016) Welsh National Championships and made the UK top 20 for the first time this year. I am sponsored by a fantastic US equipment provider (Harrow) and am a proud team member.

Why Squash:

My dad has always been a keen squash player and after watching him play on numerous occasions I began junior group coaching on a recreational basis. After developing a talent and love for the game I started entering competitions, traveling all over the world and costing my parents a fortune! It’s a fast paced, intense and exciting game which I am proud to be part of and have succeeded in.

Why S and C:

Can be tailored to all sports and individuals from beginner to elite.

Encompasses the entire development of an athlete focussing on all components of fitness

Three benefits of training:

1) Increases confidence and self-esteem

2) Improves self image and health

3) Develops a healthier body, mentally, physically and nutritionally

Three focuses of my training:

1) Enjoyment – if you enjoy your training you are more likely to continue training consistently, viewing it more positively. In my opinion training shouldn’t be seen as a chore, it should be viewed as a challenge and opportunity to progress/develop a healthy lifestyle.

2) Goal Setting – whether long term, short term, sport specific or training specific, goals are important to maintain motivation and focus attention. Setting short term goals enables you to see success which increases confidence and allows you to get that one step closer to achieving your long term goal. Use the acronym SMARTER when setting your goals (specific, measurable, agreed, realistic, time-scale, enjoyable, recorded).

3) Sport Specific – I ensure that my training is specific to squash. I try to get on court around 3-4 times a week, whether that be match play, drills, routines or solo practice. I then attend weekly conditioning sessions at IPC focussing on leg strength, core strength, speed, agility and endurance which are all components specific to my sport.

Today’s Classes

  • 5:00 pm - MMA for kids
  • 6:00 pm - MMA for Beginners
  • 7:00 pm - Inspire Circuit
  • 7:00 pm - Wrestling Drills

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