Blenheim pair to compete at squash junior world champs in France – Stuff
Strong recent performances from Paul Moran saw him become the first player from the South Island since 2017 to be selected for the New Zealand junior team.
It looks like a fun trip to France, but it is going to be squash every single day for a month for Blenheim squash players Paul Moran and Tom Marshall.
The two have been selected to compete in the 2022 WSF World Junior Squash Championship, held in Nancy, France in August.
Moran was the first player from the South Island to be selected for the junior team since 2017.
“I look forward to seeing what it’s like to be on a professional stage, seeing what it takes to be the number one in the world, to be the best at your game,” he said.
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“And how to deal with all the pressure of everyone watching you, all the training you have done to get selected, so you hope you don’t fail.
“It’s a lot of pressure.”
Moran started playing squash with the Marlborough Squash Rackets Club (MSRC) when he was just 11.
“A friend of my Dad took me down for a hit and I just loved it.
Tom Marshall has been selected to compete in the individual in the 2022 WSF World Junior Squash Championship, held in France in August.
The teams are made of four players, including one reserve.
Tom Marshall, 17, will attend in the team reserve and individual competition.
Playing for a decade, Marshall will also be on the world stage for the first time.
“I am very excited, it’s an amazing opportunity.
“The professional stage is a really hard path, it is a really hard career to go down, but I will see what happens, if I am good enough I will have an attempt,” Marshall said.
It was the first time in three years a junior team has travelled after Covid-19 disrupted tournaments.