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Elite Girls Set To Shine For Future

As we get set to close out looking at our future stars with our #LoveSquash campaign today we take a look at our Elite Junior Girls and those players who will be looking to compete at the World Junior Squash Championships in Malaysia in 2019.

The World Squash Federation awarded Malaysia the rights to host the World Junior Squash Championships in 2019. The event, featuring the WSF Women's World Junior Team Championship from 5-9 August and preceded by the Men's & Women's WSF World Junior Individual Championships from 30 July to 4 August, will take place at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, home of the sport's Commonwealth Games debut in 1998.

Malaysia has hosted several WSF world championships - 2019 marking the third time the Asian nation has staged the Women's Junior Team event, following the 1993 edition in Kuala Lumpur and 2001 in Penang. The biennial event was last staged in New Zealand in July 2017 where Egypt won the title for the sixth time in a row, and Malaysia recorded their best-ever finish as runners-up for the third time.

The Elite Junior Girls Squad is aimed at developing our female junior players in preparation for World Junior Championships and future careers as professional squash players. The Elite Junior Girls Squad is coached by Lead Coach Robbie Wyatt and Assistant Coach Phil Buscke-Somervell.

The players in the squad are

  • Amara Afghan
  • Annaleise Faint
  • Georgia Fyfe
  • Charlotte Galloway
  • Jena Gregory
  • Leah Hodges
  • Sophie Hodges
  • Annmarie Holst
  • Anika Jackson
  • Diya Joukani
  • Winona-Jo Joyce
  • Anna O'Connor
  • Gerogia Robcke
  • Natalie Sayes
  • Rhiarne Taiapa
  • Ruby Turnbull
  • Kaitlyn Watts

Needless to say there are numerous achievements across these players from New Zealand Junior Open winners to New Zealand, North Island and South Island Age Group Winners as well as Oceania Junior Championship winners. There are also numerous New Zealand representatives throughout this group at both World Junior Championship and Trans-Tasman level. With an extensive history of strong female players in New Zealand we are sure these girls will continue to carry the torch of those who have gone before them. We can’t wait to see what they will achieve in the future.

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