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Welsh Juniors Shine at French Junior Open

22nd February 2024


Setting Stage for European Championships

A formidable contingent of Squash Wales juniors recently descended upon Lille to partake in the esteemed French Junior Open, marking a significant chapter in their competitive journey. The event not only provided a platform for the young talents to hone their skills but also offered invaluable exposure to international competition.

One of the standout narratives from the weekend was the remarkable performance of Heidi Hales, who displayed tenacity and skill to advance to the final of the girls under 11 category. Her journey to the final included a notable victory over the number 1 seed, showcasing her burgeoning talent and competitive spirit.

Equally impressive was Ellie Breach’s triumph in the U19 girls event, clinching her maiden European Super Series title. Ellie’s victory was especially gratifying, having narrowly missed out on the Dutch title in the previous season. Her success bodes well for the upcoming European Championships in March, positioning her as a formidable contender.

The Welsh contingent further showcased their prowess across various age categories. Millie Breach demonstrated her prowess by securing a commendable top 3 finish in the U17 division, while Ioan Sharpe defied expectations to claim a top 4 finish in the fiercely contested boys

U19 category. Additionally, Eliza Hales showcased her talent with a commendable 5th place finish in the girls U13 event.

Beyond individual achievements, the collective effort of over 15 Welsh players making the journey to France underscores the commitment and camaraderie within the Squash Wales community. Such experiences are invaluable as they provide vital exposure and preparation for the upcoming challenges, including the 5 Nations Championships in Cardiff, the U19 European Championships in Romania, and the U15 & U17 European Championships in Porto.

As the season progresses, the Welsh juniors are primed to build upon their successes and continue to make their mark on the international stage. Their achievements at the French Junior Open serve as a testament to their talent, dedication, and the robust support system within Squash Wales. Congratulations to all participants, and best wishes for the remainder of the season.

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