England High Performance Coach Lee Drew, based at Colchester club Ardleigh Hall, is hoping that his junior men’s squad will be challenging for a podium place in both the individual and team events at the forthcoming World Junior Squash Championships in Windhoek, Namibia.
Leicestershire’s George Parker and Devon’s Lyell Fuller (pictured above) are experienced at this level, with Parker the European under-19 bronze medallist and Fuller runner-up at last year’s US Junior Open, and the joint fifth seeds will lead England in the junior men’s team event from August 16 to 21 that follows the individual tournaments, which start on August 10.
“George and Lyell have proved that they can compete against the very best players in the world at U19 level and we expect them to be very competitive against any potential opponents,” said Drew (pictured left)
“It will be great to be challenging for a podium placing in the team event as well. There are a number of strong nations to watch out for, along with Egypt, including Pakistan and the Asian nations,who are emerging as tough competitors with a lot of depth.”
Parker and Fuller will link up with Merseyside’s Patrick Rooney and Kent’s James Evans in the team event, after they have made their debuts in the individual championship together with Yorkshire’s James Peach.
Meanwhile, there are three England debutants in the junior women’s individual tournament in Kent duo Alison Thomson and Amelia Henley and Cheshire’s Jess Davis.
England High Performance Coach Fiona Geaves said: “All of them have worked hard for their respective places and will be determined to put in some strong performances. They certainly deserve their chance at competing on this stage and we are looking forward to working with them at the event.”
The women’s team is completed by Dutch Junior Open runner-up Lily Taylor, of Leicestershire, and Pioneer Junior Open finalist Georgina Kennedy (Kent), both of whom are 9/12 seeds.
The England squad set off for the Namibian capital today all primed and ready for their journey to a new venue.
“We believe this complex has been used for many major African squash events, so we are really looking forward to seeing what it looks like,” said Drew.
“There has been a lot of general research gone into the preparation for the event and the players have been advised on things that they need to do in order to have a good trip.”
Report courtesy of EnglandSquashAndRackets.com