Kent trio James Evans, Georgina Kennedy and Amelia Henley have been selected by England to compete in the forthcoming World Junior Championships in Namibia.
The Individual event will be followed by the Team Championship, with England hoping to do well in both competitions.
England Squash High Performance Coach Fiona Geaves has kindly offered her thoughts on each player as follows.
Georgina has been flying up the Under-19 rankings this year with many excellent results culminating in her selection for the World Juniors in Namibia.
Georgina represented England in Poland last year in her first World Championships.
It was evident this event made Gina realise what she is capable of, having the opportunity to play and watch the best junior players in the World.
Since that event, Gina’s motivation to develop as a player has been exceptional, not only with results but with training also.
Physically she is in excellent shape, and with a year’s experience under her belt, she is looking to challenge the best players in the world once more.
This event will also give Gina more experience as she will look to train and perform over the next year for the World Women’s Junior Team Championships.
With three Championships under her belt by that stage, we are hoping to have a very strong, fit and experienced England player.
Excellent recent performances in the Under-19 Pioneer event (where she was runner-up) and the Dutch Open, where she finished in third place, show that Gina is in excellent form flying out to Namibia.
Amelia narrowly missed out on selection for the European Under-19’s this year. Being the younger player in the group, she has been concentrating on the Under-17’s.
However, in the past few months Amelia has beaten and pushed our best Under-19 players in the country and deservedly earned her first selection to represent England at the World Championships.
Amelia is also in great shape physically, which will put her in good stead to compete against the best players in the world.
At the recent Dutch Open, Amelia narrowly lost in the final 3-2 to the talented Canadian Chloe Chemtob as well as, at the Pioneer event, pushing Nele Gilis, who will be one of the top seeds in Namibia too.
Competing in this event this year will also give Amelia the experience, as she, like Georgina Kennedy, is a player eligible to represent England in the Team Event next year which England Squash believe is invaluable.
James has worked extremely hard this year under the England Development Programme enabling him to grow physically and maturely.
He has featured well at the National and English Championships as well as winning the Under-19 Surrey Silver this year.
James has used his time wisely this year mixing senior and junior events. This has enabled James time to train to reach a physical condition necessary for an event of this magnitude.
James narrowly missed out on selection for the European Under-19s. However, this selection will mean James can prove himself against the best players in the world in the Individual event as well as the Team event which follows on with his team-mates; George Parker, Lyell Fuller and Patrick Rooney.
From everyone connected with Kent Squash, we wish all three players and the whole England squad every success in Namibia.
Posted by Alan Thatcher on July 21, 2014