Where to begin. It’s been a while since our last update, and all that empty “news” time has filled with some of our most exciting few months here in Bristol. Firstly a big congratulations is in order for one of our juniors Karina Tyma, pictured below with Freya Lane who finsihed in the top 16. Last weekend Karina beat the number 2, Ellen Cooper to reached the final of the British Junior Championships where she lost a tight 3-0 to 4 times National Champion Elize Lazarus. It’s an absolute pleasure to watch Karina play squash, and show off that positive and natural style which we strive for at Elitesquash. It was also great to see so many of our juniors competing at this event, with everyone focusing on their own personal goals and achieving some great results all round. These personal achievements, whatever they may be, are just as worth celebrating as rankings and tournament results.
Itb doesnt seem long ago that Tom Ford was at the top of British junior squash but now this twenty year old is kicking off his PSA tour season in Macau, and Tokyo! Tom played some excellent squash to make it through to the semi finals in Tokyo. After making some excellent progress last season, we’re excited to see what he can do in this new season ahead.
One of our newest members to the Bristol scene, Alex Noakes has been making his mark pretty much everywhere on the globe. Since joining us in September, he’s travelled to Jordan, Brazil, India and Tokyo, scrapping through some very tough matches and picking up some useful ranking points. His ability to convert close matches into wins will serve him very well going forward. He’s off to Canada next week! Good luck Alex.
Also, just a brief mention, Mohamed Elshorbagy made it to world number 1 in this months rankings. No biggy, Baggy… We’re all so happy for Mohamed, and very fortunate to have such an inspirational character with us in Bristol. It’s easy to see how exiting Mohamed is as a player on the court, but also as a person he has become a special part of our squash family, no matter what his ranking is! Now lets see how long he can keep his number 1 spot, at least before his younger brother can take it off him… Marwan has now climbed to number 14 in the rankings, and is progressing fast. It will definitely be an exciting season ahead for all the players and enthusiasts in the Bristol scene.
Finally, many of you will be aware that as of August we have moved base from Redwood Hotel and Country Club to Welsh Back Squash and Health Club. Welsh Back is another step forward for us. It’s located right in the city centre, making almost everything a 5 minute walk away! The juniors on our camps have been enjoying the benefit of the location, with trips to tenpin bowling, stand up paddle boarding and lazer quest on the doorstep. It only heightens the fun and it’s even making some of the parents jealous. We feel that the future we can build from this location holds no limits.
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