FOR pensioner David Brown, hitting retirement age did not mean it was time to put his feet up.
Rather, it was a chance for the former mining engineer to put in more hours on the squash court. And last week, the 67-year-old proved that age is no barrier by becoming a Scottish squash champion.
The evergreen Kirkcaldy Squash Club competitor lifted the Mens Over 65 Scottish National Masters title in Aberdeen for the second time, having previously won it in 2009.
David, who is also training to become a qualified coach, has been playing squash for the past 30 years after hanging up his football boots.
He told SportsPress: “I played amateur football for Abbotshall and Burntisland Shipyard but once that stopped I got to the stage of doing absolutely nothing.
“My twin brother Robin was in the same boat so the two of us went to Glenwood High School aged 37 and that was the start of the squash, and although Robin gave it up about 15 years ago, I haven’t stopped since.
“I only wish I’d played it from a younger age because it’s very enjoyable, and addictive.”
David, who will captain the Scotland Over 65s in a Home International in May, revealed that he plays squash four times a week to keep fit and healthy - but also because he has a competitive edge.
He said: “I’ll keep playing squash as long as I’m physically able. It keeps me alert and sharp.
“Also, even at over 65, the desire is still there to win things.
“The standard drops off drastically from the over 35s section but as long as I’m able to, I’ll always play to win. There’s an over 75s section as well, so you can keep going for years if you want to.
“The oldest guy at the tournament in Aberdeen was 82. There’s not a lot of running and there’s a lot of two-stroke rallies, but they are making the effort to go on the court.”
David joined Kirkcaldy Squash Club, based on Bennochy Road, in 1981 and has seen many changes over the years.
He said: “Back when I joined the club membership was around 120 but it dropped down as low as 20 two or three years ago.
“It’s picking up again now due to Duncan Zuill and the committee at moment who are putting a lot of effort in.”