MICHAEL Adamson has played squash for more than 20 years.
An initial game with his father-in-law, Max Hicks, turned into a two-year quest to beat him, and Adamson hasn't stopped playing since.
Adamson said yesterday that he enjoyed the game from the start.
"I played with my father-in-law who was an avid squash player and I really enjoyed the ability to have a good 1.5 hour exercise and feel like you've worked hard," he said.
"But I was determined to beat Max, and it took two years," he laughed.
"He'd stand in the middle of the court and I'd run around sweating and couldn't work it out."
Adamson said he was about 25 when he first played squash in Melbourne, where he grew up before moving to Swan Hill about 10 years ago.
He said squash was a "fantastic sport".
"It's very intense, and it's personal so it's about you and your own ability," Adamson said.
"It terms of aerobic fitness, you need a high level of fitness — you're running most of the time."
For more on this story see Wednesday's edition of The Guardian (August 22, 2012).