Yusuf Sheik, 10-year-old sports star
PUBLISHED: 10:25 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 11 March 2016
Sporting squash star Yusuf Sheikh has many big sporting achievements under his belt. Here he tells WEL about his world ranking dreams, supportive family and other future conquests
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Yusuf Sheikh and I am 10-years-old. I attend Avon House School in Woodford Green and I play squash for Connaught Club in Chingford and I also play for Essex. I am sponsored by Harrow and Salming for squash equipment and clothes.
Where do you live and what do you like about it?
I live in Loughton. I like it because there are lots of good shops and there is a fitness club where we go swimming at school. My squash club is very near to my house too.
Tell us about your family?
I have one big sister, Aliza; she is 12-years-old and she used to attend Avon House School, but now she is at Forest School in Snaresbrook. She also plays squash and is as passionate as I am. My Dad, Ali, loves squash and got us interested in the game; he now takes me all over the country for tournaments. Last, but not least, there is my Mum who is pushing me very hard academically so I can pass my 11+ exams and to get me into a good secondary school.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened to recently?
The most exciting thing that has happened to me recently is hitting the number two spot in the under 11s England rankings for squash.
Can you share your goals for 2016?
My goal for 2016 is to train more because I need to be stronger and fitter to give myself a chance of hitting the number one spot in the rankings. I am also working hard in preparation for the forthcoming entrance exams to secondary schools. However I am conscious that I do not overdo things.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences are firstly my Dad because he got me into squash and secondly, Dave Webster, my squash coach. He pushes me extremely hard and does not give up on me. Lastly I am inspired by Mohammed Elshorbagy, the current number one squash player in the world. His shots and different techniques show me some of the ways of overcoming my better opponents.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
To be in the top ten English under 17 squash players or even above. I also love playing other sports such as cricket and football. Hopefully this will give me a good chance of successfully gaining a university place.
How do you relax?
I relax by reading, though I get very tired after training so I do sleep a lot.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I have two more hobbies that I enjoy which are playing football on Sundays (and for the Avon House school team) and I also play the piano (I am working towards grade two)
What makes you smile?
Funny jokes make me smile and also hilarious situations. For example: the other day I walked into a lamp post and when I was chasing my sister
What is your worst habit?
My worst habit is to overdo something, for example when I stay up too long or I play a game and don’t realise the time.