FORMER Port Macquarie girl, Kasey Brown, is a good chance of medalling in squash at the upcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Brown spent the final years of her high school education in Port Macquarie some years ago.
Previously from Taree, Brown moved to Port Macquarie when she was 15 to be closer to her then coach. Brown has already represented Australia four years ago at the New Delhi games where she finished with two bronze and a gold.
She is currently ranked 13th in the world and first in Australia.
Her father Trevor, who still lives in Taree, said he was as surprised as anyone at his daughter's accomplishments.
"Coming from a small town like Taree I'm quite amazed myself," he said.
"At the age of six or seven she was a pudgy little thing that could hardly even run. "And then she hit her teens and just shot up and started to move like a gazelle."
It wasn't until the age of nine that Brown first picked up a squash racquet and almost immediately her potential was realised.
"Her mother used to help out at the courts and Kasey started going with her," Trevor said.
"She was about nine when she first started having a hit, the coaches saw the potential in her and she blossomed from there."
Brown went on to win her first Australian Championship in under 13s.
Her father said she was looking forward to the upcoming games and was more relaxed than her first shot four years ago.
"I talked to her on Sunday and she said she's feeling good," he said.
"She's been training really hard for this but she said she's feeling relaxed."
The families link with the Hastings doesn't stop their though.
Trevor spent 1975-1980 playing for the Wauchope Blues rugby league team.