Athlete in Focus: Harry Leitch

From the official Games site

When he’s not playing squash, Dr Harry Leitch says he spends most of his time “attempting to understand pluripotency and the germline.” That’s easy for him to say!

SH6814Currently rounding off his medical studies and a PhD, Harry is also one of Scotland’s finest squash players. He has competed in three World Team Championships, six European Team Championships, and narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games with partner Alan Clyne. 

This summer, Harry will be representing Team Scotland once again at Glasgow 2014, taking a brief break from his medical career to fulfil his dream of winning a Commonwealth medal – and celebrating on home soil with his friends and family.

Born in Edinburgh, Harry’s self-determination, natural ability and a nudge in the right direction from his parents were a solid foundation to build his remarkable squash success. This great start in life was complemented by the support of the Heriot-Watt Squash Academy and East of Scotland Institute of Sport.

“My parents played racquet sports, so I’ve basically been smashing balls since I could walk!”

After mastering his sport-work balance, Harry believes the best advice to those starting out in sport is to simply have fun. 

“Enjoy it. If it becomes more than a hobby then be honest with yourself about what you want from the game, and what you want to achieve.”

From the official Games site