TRUSOX' Peter O’Hara admitted he is “still buzzing” from his meeting with world squash champion Gregor Gaultier at Edinburgh Sports Club last Saturday.
Gaultier, the world number two and reigning world champion, visited Scotland at the weekend to face Scotland number one Alan Clyne in an exhibition match in the capital.
But O’Hara won the right to meet the man known as ‘the General’ after beating off all-comers in a selection tournament to earn the opportunity to battle it out with the French squash legend.
And O’Hara admitted it was an experience he will never forget: “For any amateur sportsperson to play against the current world champion in their own discipline has got be the pinnacle of their career and he certainly made me work for it.
“What I really noticed was just how easy and economical his movement is and how accurate Gregory is. He was also an absolute gent and it is a moment I will always treasure.
“Hopefully I gave a good account of myself and it was nice to win a few points but Gregory’s touch was unbelievable.
“It was also nice to have my family along to see me take Gregory on and with a big crowd at Edinburgh Sports Club there was a great atmosphere as well. Really I'm still buzzing.”
Now O’Hara, who is understood to be in talks with Bridge of Allan Sports Club over a return to the side for debut campaign in the East of Scotland Division One, says his grapple with the General has only served to whet his appetite for the new squash season which is just six weeks away.
Peter said: “I’ve played plenty of top internationals in my career both for Scotland an in the European club championships with Newlands but it is the first time I’ve met a current world champion and the experience has given me a huge appetite for the new season.
“Really it can’t come quickly enough.”