Kent’s top two junior squash girls, Georgina (Gina) Kennedy and Amelia Henley have just returned from a two week trip to Germany and Holland where they competed in the Pioneer Junior Open in Cologne and then the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam. In Germany, both girls entered the Under 19 category of the tournament, although Amelia is still 16. Gina did exceptionally well, ending as runner up, despite her 7 seeding. Amelia was a little more unfortunate, meeting the eventual winner in an earlier round. The girls then travelled to Amsterdam. Gina again did the U19s and came third, losing to the eventual winner again but meeting her in the semi-finals this time! This was still a great result as she was seeded 9/12 for the event. Amelia entered the U17s and did exceptionally well, ending up as runner up in a very closely fought final.
These two Kent team mates, who have now been playing together for 7 years, will shortly travel to Namibia as they have both been selected by England Squash to represent England in the U19 World Junior Championships.
Both girls were awarded grants of £200 from the Ivy Hawkes Memorial Fund which is administered by the Kent County Playing Fields Association to help with the costs of playing at this level.