Commonwealth Games: Squash queen Joelle King reveals she nearly threw the game away

They say confidence is key in sport – and Kiwi squash queen Joelle King has plenty of that.

Our Commonwealth Games squad is our strongest ever and expected to contribute to New Zealand's medal haul on the Gold Coast.

King has been in career-best form lately. 

“I’m just really enjoying my squash," she says. "I think it’s showing, obviously not just on the court, but now with a ranking to kind of support that.”

That ranking - fourth in the world - is her highest ever, but just a year ago, she almost quit the game.

“This time last year was not going well," she says. "At 28 years old, I just sort of wondered was that as good as I was ever going to be after the Achilles.”

That tendon injury, sustained just after winning a singles bronze medal at the Glasgow Games, stalled her career.

Then, last year, a string of poor performances had her questioning if her time was up.

“If anything they’ve made me stronger," she says. "You know when you go so far back, I think anything is just a bonus.

"I think that’s why I’m just enjoying and loving not every minute of competing, but training, and just facing each challenge every day and trying to be the best that you can.”

And the best she can be should be good enough for a medal. She’s seeded in the women’s singles, but on current form, she’ll be very hard to stop.