World Junior Teams selected

Canada, USA and Australia have named their teams for the World Junior Championships …

Canada

Squash Canada today announced their team for the upcoming World Junior Individual & Team Championships, which are taking place July 7 – 18, 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

The 4 person team competing in the Junior Men’s World Team Event includes: Cameron Seth of Fergus, Ontario, Zachary Leman of Surrey, British Columbia, Tyler Lee of Edmonton, Alberta and Tyler Olson of Victoria, British Columbia.  Joshua Sekhar of Etobicoke, Ontario is the reserve for the team competition.

Cameron Seth, 18 from Fergus, Ontario recently captured the U19 title at the 2012 Canadian Junior Championship defeating Tyler Lee of Edmonton, Alberta in the final.  The first year University of Waterloo student also finished 4th at the Canadian University & College Championship and finished the 2011 – 2012 squash season ranked #1 in the Harrow Canadian Junior Rankings.

Zachary Leman, 18 from Surrey, British Columbia placed 3rd at the 2012 Canadian Junior Championships in the U19 age category.  Leman finished 4th at the Canadian Junior Open, won the Ontario Gold #3 core event and finished the 2011 – 2012 squash season ranked #2 in the U19 age category in the Harrow Canadian Junior Rankings.

Tyler Lee, 18 from Edmonton, Alberta is a first year student at the University of Alberta.  Lee was a finalist at the 2012 Canadian Junior Championships and at the Canadian University & College Championships.  Tyler also finished 3rd in the Alberta Jesters Core Event, 4th at the Ontario Gold #3 Core Event, and 6th at the Canadian Junior Open.   Tyler is 3rd in the U19 Harrow Canadian junior rankings.

Tyler Olson, 18 from Victoria, British Columbia is a first year student at Harvard University.   Olson, who placed 5th in the 2012 Canadian Junior Championships, captured the U19 Alberta Jesters core event, placed 2nd in the Ontario Junior Open and finished 5th in the U19 US Junior Open.  Olson is ranked 4th in Canada in the U19 Harrow Canadian Junior Rankings.

Joshua Sekhar, 18 from Etobicoke, Ontario is the reserve (5th member) of the Canadian team.

The Canadian Team will compete in both the Individual & Team World Championships in Doha, Qatar.  Canadian Junior Men’s National Coach Jonathan Hill of Calgary coaches the Canadian Junior Men’s Team.

Canada finished 3rd at the 2010 World Junior Team Championships in Ecuador.  The bronze medalist team was comprised of Andrew Schnell (Calgary, AB), Nicholas Sachvie (St. Catharines, ON), Arjun Gupta (Toronto, ON) and Tyler Osborne (Kingston, ON), coached by Jonathan Hill. The reserve member of the 2010 team was Michael McCue.

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United States

The U.S. Junior Men’s Teamthat will compete at the WSF 2012 World Junior Squash Championships has been announced. The World Championships, being held July 7th-18th, in Doha, Qatar, will consist of individual championships, to be followed by the team competition.
The U.S. Junior Women will compete in the individual championship that is being held concurrently.Since 2009 has the Junior Individual Championship been held annually, having previously only been held every other year in conjunction with the Team Championship. Before 2009, the World Junior Championships were held every two years alternating between Junior Women’s and Junior Men’s events.

 

Competing for the U.S. in the team and individual competition are Dylan Murray (NY), Edward Columbia (MA), TJ Dembinski (CT)  and Devin McLaughlin (PA). Additionally, Mason Ripka (NY) and Liam McClintock (MA) will be competing in the individual event.

Competing for the Junior Women in the individual event will be three veterans of the U.S. team that placed second at the World Team Championships hosted at Harvard University in Cambridge last July.  Mary Elena Ubina (CT), the top ranked GU19 player in the country will lead the way for the U.S., along with Sabrina Sobhy (NY) and Olivia Fiechter (PA).

The individual competition will take place from July 7th-12th, followed by the team event, July 13th-19th. The U.S. teams will be coached byAdam Hamill and Meredeth Quick.

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Australia

Darwin’s Rhys Dowling will lead the Australian team for the World Junior Boys Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar in July 7-18. Dowling, 17, is joined in the team by Queensland pair Tom Calvert and TJ Rarere, and New South Wales’s Rohan Toole.

Perth’s Mathew Bridle is the non-travelling reserve, while the team will be coached by Australian great Rod Eyles, with South Australian James Rogers the assistant coach.

Dowling is the current Australian Under 17 Champion and has also won national titles at Under 15 and Under 13 levels.

“Making the Australian team had been my top priority, so now that I’ve done that I’ll have to raise the bar a little,” he said. “Hopefully I will give a good account of myself in Doha, but there will be some very strong nations out there.”

Squash Australia CEO Gary O’Donnell said the team was one of the youngest Australian teams of recent years, with Rarere, at 18, the oldest member of the team.

Dowling and Calvert are both 17, while Toole is just 15 and will still be eligible for the next championships in 2014.

“These four boys have worked incredibly hard over the past 12 months to get themselves selected,” O’Donnell said. “I am confident that they will represent Australia with distinction in Doha.”

 

World Junior Champs Qatar, official site

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