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George at the British Junior Open

posted Jan 8, 2019, 10:34 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 8, 2019, 10:35 AM ]

George (year 6) traveled to Birmingham on 2nd - 6th January to try his hand at the British Junior Open. It is the biggest junior event held in Britain each year and as an international event attracts up to 750 competitors in 10 competitions spread between boys and girls and catering for under 11 age groups (George's section) right up to under 19 with the very best from around the world at the event. In fact is is a feat to be high enough on the racking list to just enter the event! He is the first player from Mersea School to compete at the event whilst still in primary school, showing how Mersea is growing in strength with its players.

George had quite possibly the worst draw he could get by drawing the number 1 seed from Malaysia in round 1. However the experience of playing against this level of competitor is invaluable to George's training and he forced some long rallies and won some good points against this boy, with some crucial learning done.

George in all, won 2 of his 5 matches, a great feat at a first attempt at this new level. Finishing in 51st spot this will gain George some good ranking points in England and in European Squash. However the experience he obtained there will be the most noticeable.