Murray, 87, is a master squash player

Murray Gaydon may have found the fountain of youth by playing squash. At 87 he said he plays for the fun, fitness and friendship. Mr Gaydon is pictured with fellow Queensland Masters Squash Association members Helen Watkins and Christine Lee.
Murray Gaydon may have found the fountain of youth by playing squash. At 87 he said he plays for the fun, fitness and friendship. Mr Gaydon is pictured with fellow Queensland Masters Squash Association members Helen Watkins and Christine Lee. Jacqueline Henry

AT 87 years, Zillmere squash player Murray Gaydon is in a class of his own.

In age ranking Mr Gaydon in the only person in the 85+ category in the Queensland masters squash competition.

He competed in the Queensland masters titles in Carseldine at the weekend, winning his age category.

"I have been playing squash since the early 1960s,” Mr Gaydon said.

"I've always been a sporty person so when the time came to give up football and cricket I took up squash.

"We play 13 masters tournaments all around Queensland and the Australian masters tournament is held every year in September.

"There are two other over 85+ players in the Australian masters competition.

"You meet up with people you played against last year (at the Australian masters) and it feels like you were talking to them yesterday.

"The thing about masters squash is we're all great friends. We compete and then we shake hands after and go and socialise. I like the camaraderie of squash.

"It's like a family, everyone playing in Queensland masters knows each other because we've all been playing for a long time,” Mr Gaydon said.

Queensland Masters Squash Tournament director Helen Watkins said squash had a lot going for it as a sport.

"You can play any time of the day or night, in any weather, you don't get sunburnt, you can play on your own and you only need an hour.

"During the heat wave all the other sports in Caloundra were cancelled except squash because it's indoors,” she said.

Ms Watkins said the Australian Masters in September was the largest squash competition in Australia.

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