Karwalski sweats on Games spot

MATTHEW Karwalski’s Commonwealth Games dreams are gathering momentum.

The Medowie-based professional squash player is on track to represent Australia at next year’s Games in Glasgow if he maintains his career trajectory.

After years of sweating it out on Newcastle squash courts, the 27-year-old has risen to third in the Australian rankings and 58th in the world.

The top four make the cut for Glasgow and the fifth-ranked Australian will travel as a shadow player.

In the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, the then No.6-ranked Karwalski missed out by the narrowest of margins.

‘‘For this one is 2014, I’m pretty sure I should be able to get myself into the team,’’ Karwalski said.

That confidence comes from Karwalski’s rapid improvement under the guidance of Australia’s former world No.1 David Palmer.

Karwalski will spend six weeks training with Palmer at his base in Orlando, Florida.

‘‘He has taken me on as a pupil and I’m over there getting mentored and coached by him, so it’s fantastic,’’ he said.

The  US stint prepares for the World Team Championship in France, June 9 to 15.   

‘‘The world men’s teams are picked on the April 1 rankings, so I’m currently the third-ranked player for Australia and the top four will be selected for that,’’ he said.

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