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George takes runner up spot at TEB championships

posted Oct 24, 2018, 7:24 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 7:25 AM ]

George (year 6) had a successful trip to Bishop Stortford at the weekend to compete in the 2018 Tom Elton Barratt Junior Squash boys Under 11 Championships, George only dropping one match the whole day to take runner up spot and lift a trophy. Hugh (year 5) also took part in the same age group and with another year left in this age group won 50% of his matches.

History of the event – This tournament is played in the memory of Tom who was a member of the Bishop’s Stortford Squash & Racketball Club. Tom was always a great sportsman; very fit and active. He played many different sports but when he discovered squash it quickly became his favourite. Andrew Reeve, the club manager at the time, took him under his wing and taught Tom how to channel his energy into a skillful game on court. Tom spent many happy hours at the club, playing matches and helping out – Andrew always put the youngsters to work! At the height of his game, Tom joined the Dragons tour and travelled to Zimbabwe to play. Among the team was his friend Martin Bodimeade (then No 5) who subsequently played in and won this tournament. In July 1983, aged 19, Tom suddenly died from a heart attack caused by an undetected congenital heart defect. The following summer the first Tom Elton Barratt Tournament was played.

The TEB championships donate from entry fees to the registered charity CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young)  Registered Charity No. 1050845
CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35.