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Matthew Lucente and Kaitlyn Watts named as Squash New Zealand’s Ambassadors for the YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES 2018

Adam Odering – Squash New Zealand Junior Selector, with 2018 Junior Champs Matthew Lucente and Kaitlyn Watts, Kevin Muir – Squash New Zealand Board member (right).

Squash NZ ambassadors for the Youth Olympics were announced following the NZ Junior Open played at Squash City Invercargill over the weekend.

Squash NZ is pleased to announce Matthew Lucente and Kaitlyn Watts have been selected as our representatives for this prestigious event to be held in Buenos Aires from 7 - 12 October 2018.

Both Matthew and Kaitlyn have shown the maturity required to be ambassadors for NZ in the junior Olympic event and be part of the opportunity to showcase squash for the first time at an Olympic event and be part of the dream ultimately see squash included in the Olympic Games.

Matthew’s recent achievements include U19 NZ Junior National Champion, U19 Kuala Lumpur Junior Open Champion and winner of the 2018 NZ Junior Open.

“I am truly humbled and excited to be an ambassador for Squash NZ at the Youth Olympics. By showcasing the sport in a more international stage, I hope that this will lead to squash being recognized as an Olympic sport 2028”.

Kaitlyn’s recent achievements include 9th place US Junior Open, 10th place British Junior Open, winner NZ Junior Open and current PSA world ranking 118.

“I feel privileged to have been chosen to represent NZ and Oceania at the upcoming Youth Olympics, and will do all I can to showcase our sport to the world”.


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