WTH Goes on...at a Squash Tournament
Spot.ph wanted to know why models are so into squash.
(SPOT.ph) Here’s the thing about squash: It’s better played, not watched. Action happens inside the four walls of the court, with spectators relagated to the bleachers, separated from the players by glass panels. Unless you are already familiar with the game, all the running and the jumping and the skidding by the players will probably not make sense to you.
But, again: How many are familiar with squash-the sport, not the vegetable, mind you. Like polo, squash is considered an elitist sport, requiring special equipment, and played only by coutry club members. A really huge misconception, if you ask squash enthusiasts. "All you need is the racket," said Oudine Santos, a former Squash National Team player at the 5th Celebrity Squash Tournament organized by the Squash Rackets Association of the Philippines (SRAP) and held last Saturday at Manila Polo Club.
Allan Tantoco, Jovie Villar, Phoemela Baranda, Tweetie de Leon, Anna Amigo, Guillermo Aponte, and Anthony Suntay
"This is why we set up this event," Tweetie de Leon, PMAP model and squash advocate said to the media group who came to see what the squash tournament is all about. "I want to be able to relay to everyone that it's a sport to consider." Especially if you’re looking for yet another way to lose weight.
"It’s a full-body workout," continued Tweetie, "Upper body, your arms, your back, your waist from all the twisting, your legs, it keeps your butt nice and firm." "I noticed, squash players have nice, really toned butts," fashion designer Patrice Ramos-Diaz candidly said.
If the boisterous laughter from the cheery crowd last Saturday was any indication, it is a good sport to try. It's exciting, it's intense, and for a game that lasts about 30 minutes, squash is a solid cardio workout. Both Oudine and her brother, Greenfield Estates general manager and also a former national squash player Duane Santos agree: It's exhilarating! "I love the speed," Oudine said.
Tweetie's colleagues from the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) came in full force. Present were makeup artist Baba Parma, TV host Phoemela Baranda, Unilever Head of PR Apples Aberin, and beauty columnist Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, who admitted she only practiced once before the tournament. "But I used to play tennis, so I'm pretty familiar," she said.
Athletes like Azkals Anton del Rosario and Ultimate player Reema Chanco also came to give squash a try. "I can't play without a racket!" Anton exclaimed a little before the wild match versus PBA sportscaster Anthony Suntay. "I'll just kick the ball."
Along with Anthony Suntay, Quinto Henson was also there, playing the sport instead of simply providing commentary.
Not even getting home at 5 a.m. could stop nightlife personality Aslie Aslanian from attending the tournament. Her advice for those interested in squash? "Hydrate! You have to eat well, warm up, and stretch."
At around 4 p.m., when everybody was already sweating and panting, Solenn Heussaff made an appearance.
"I'm here to support my dad," she said pointing to an imposing man in blue, businessman Louis Heussaff. Solenn said she also used to play but stopped because it's difficult to find an opponent. "And I'm not gonna play my dad!"
Louis Heussaff was then bombarded with photo requests from the media, to which he quickly pointed to Solenn, "take her picture, she's the star." But then, Solenn has started doing the rounds, chatting up with the stellar crowd which was already having fun.