Sam Sergo has barely put down a racquet for three years, all with an eye on realising his dream of representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games.
The ACT junior is about to represent Australia at the world junior squash championships in Malaysia from the end of July.
The 17-year-old has already tasted international competition, playing in the trans-Tasman challenge against New Zealand and as well as tournaments in the United States and Canada.
He has come a long way since his rugby union days.
"I was really into rugby union because I was a big boy for my age, but I discovered squash and that took priority," Sergo said.
"I'm really thrilled that I stayed with squash because I've gotten so far with it through my coaches.
"The ACT junior squad has just really propelled my squash which has lead to results like representing Australia and going to Malaysia soon.
"Ever since I could crack a squash ball and hit it really hard I've been addicted. If I don't play squash for a week, I get withdrawals, it's really weird, I've just got to play."
The Cooma junior travels to Canberra each day for school, and is balancing a heavy training load to prepare for the junior world championships.
"I get up at six, train either in the gym or squash court sometimes in Cooma, sometimes in Canberra. Two hours every day Monday to Friday, Saturday is a three hour session and Sunday is just rest," Sergo said.
"I'll probably start training seven times a week in the lead up instead of six and never miss a morning session and just consecutively train for a month straight as hard as I can."
Sergo rises at absurd hours to train in the freezing cold Canberra winter but will soon trade that for the tropical climate in Malaysia. How can he make the adjustment to give himself the best shot at gold?
"Lots of water, I'll have to add in more running [to my training] and some more conditioning games," Sergo said.
"I'll probably just be under pressure a lot more and get a lot more sweat coming out.
"The rallies are obviously going to be longer because the ball will be a lot heavier and dense so it's going to bounce more. It's going to be a big mental and physical challenge just to end the rally and to win.
"Malaysians are really hard to break down, they've got a great short game and flick shots, so I've just got to persevere and rally as much as I can which is my game.
"I'm really keen to just experience what it's like at the level of squash I have to play at."
Sergo will link up with the junior squash team under the watchful eye of national coach Paul Price, a former world No. 4 who won Commonwealth Games bronze in 2002.
"I look up to Paul, he's got really good banter but he's also really harsh at the same time so it's a good balance, I love it," Sergo said.