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Reading courts squash success – University of Reading

Release Date : 18 November 2004

Alex Gough receiving his trophy from Geoff Woodcock, manager of The Racket ShopThe University's annual squash tournament proved once again to be a fabulous weekend of fierce competition and fun for all. A chance to win one of the biggest squash titles in the area meant the invitational event contained entrants of the highest calibre. The final was contested between Alex Gough, current world number 27 and Stephen Meads who was in the world top thirty. In a close match, Alex emerged victorious in five hard-fought sets. Due to the graded system of the tournament many prizes were on offer. Other winners were Paul Johnson (grade A), Damian Smith (grade B) and Matthew Burnett (grade C) while Jamie Walters triumphed in the inaugural junior event. The University's Wolfenden Sports Centre provided an excellent venue for the event. Throughout the weekend of 12-14 November, competitors had their energy levels kept up by a supply of drinks and snacks. Andy Sikwese, the resident coach, gave two masterclasses which were very well attended, especially by the juniors. Tired limbs were also eased by a sports massage service. Saturday evening was a chance for everybody to relax. Players enjoyed a pub meal after which many headed off to the University's students' union bar, causing some sore heads and missed shots in the morning! Daniel McLaren, the event organiser, says the tournament just gets better and better. "It's great to see the same people coming back each year, along with all the new faces. The tough task is always trying to improve the event but we keep offering new facilities and fresh ideas. It was fantastic to see the juniors competing then having a rare chance to watch some of the top players in the country battle it out." This event was sponsored by The Racket Shop, Shinfield Road in Reading, with contributions from Sports & Remedial Massage and Reading Aerial Services. end Notes for editors -The attached image shows Alex Gough receiving his trophy from Mr Geoff Woodcock, the manager of The Racket Shop. -For further enquiries, please contact: Craig Hillsley, University Press Officer Tel. 0118 3787388 Email


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