Player Profile – Joshana Chinappa

by hadrian

When did you start playing squash and why?

I started playing squash when I was 8. My dad used to play squash and I would tag along with him to the club as he would play every day and I was inspired by him!

When and why did you decide to go professional?

I decided squash was going to be my career when I was 10. Because I knew this was what I wanted as a career and also because I didn’t want to go to school anymore 🙂 But my mom was strict and wouldn’t let me go pro before I had finish school and college, which I did!

What made you swing by Bristol, what in your opinion makes Bristol such a good place for squash?

I wanted a new team to work with for my squash and fitness. I heard a lot about Hadrian and was keen to come and see if it would work out. I came over the summer and really enjoyed working with Hadrian and Beth (Strength and conditioning coach) as well as having many players to train with. I personally love the city, the people and the location is great!

What is your best experience with squash?

My best experiences with squash have been representing India at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. It’s always fun travelling with my team mates for these events. We have a great time, enjoying each other’s company and having the support of the whole team at your match is a special thing. We get to meet athletes from other sports which is always lovely! Winning a medal is obviously the highlight and it brings a lot of recognition to our sport, when we do so that’s always special.

What is your goal with your squash career?

To keep learning and improving! And win medals for my country. I enjoy being on the pro tour and travelling the world, so I hope I can stay injury free and keep doing my best.

Where do you see yourself be when your squash career is over?

I would love to get involved developing squash in India with kids. There is so much talent and potential with children in India, and it would be great if they had guidance and opportunities which I would love to give them.

Your best advice for juniors and adults who wants to improve?

Keep working hard and enjoying the process! And tons of solo practice.

3 fun facts about yourself.

I laugh way too loud, I have many OCDs! I can’t cook 😬 but my jokes are funny haha

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