Canadians Test Themselves Against World’s Best at British Open



    Canadians Test Themselves Against World’s Best at British Open




    Canadians Test Themselves Against World’s Best at British Open


    Sheffield, England (January 6th, 2013) – Canadian junior squash players were up against the world’s best  at the 2013 British Junior Open in Sheffield England, January 2nd thru 6th.  Four Canadians were able to overcome stiff international competition to place in the top 20 at the Championships. 


    Dileas Macgowan of Toronto, ON, was Canada’s highest placing competitor, finishing 11th in the Girls Under-19 age category.  Canada’s top ranked junior girl player, Hollie Naughton of Oakville, ON, was close behind Macgowan, finishing 13th overall in the Girls Under-19 division.  On the boy’s side, Canada’s top ranked junior player Cameron Seth, from Fergus, ON, was able to go 4-2 in matches over the course of the tournament, good enough to finish 14th overall in the Boys Under-19 division. David Baillargeon of Quebec City also finished with a 4-2 record, to place 19th overall in the Boys Under-17 division and round out Canada’s top 20 finishers.


    The British Junior Squash Open is the most prestigious event on the international junior squash calendar, and as such, attracts the highest caliber squash players. Players compete across four age divisions in both girls and boys disciplines. The British Open represents a great opportunity for Canadian squash players as it allows them the chance to measure themselves against the best in the world. Executive Director of Squash Canada, Danny Dacosta echoed these sentiments in his wrap up of the event.


    “Squash is a truly global game, and in order for Canadian squash to compete and succeed internationally, it is necessary for our players to experience the highest level of squash competition.  Our players now understand where the bar is set and they can now focus their energies on trying to clear that bar.”


    There were ten Canadians competing among the 405 players at the British Open. There overall finishes were as follows: Dileas Macgowan – 11th (Girls Under-19), Hollie Naughton – 13th (Girls Under-19), Cameron Seth – 14th (Boys Under-19), David Baillargeon – 19th (Boys Under-17), Sophie Mehta – 22nd (Girls Under-17), Cole Osborne – 29th (Boys Under-19), Alyssa Mehta – 32nd (Girls Under-17), Jack Greenwood – 44th (Boys Under-17), Jarryd Osborne – 47th (Boys Under-19), David Mill – 63rd (Boys Under-17).


    About the British Junior Open

    The British Junior Squash Open is an international squash tournament that is held annually in Britain. The British Junior Open is divided into eight categories — Boys Under-19, Boys Under-17, Boys Under-15, Boys Under-13, Girls Under-19, Girls Under-17, Girls Under-15 and Girls Under-13.  The format of the British open is a single elimination tournament based off a draw. Each match is best of five sets.  The tournament is open to players from across the globe and is considered the most prestigious annual event on the junior squash calendar. 



    For More Information Contact:

    Danny Da Costa, Executive Director, Squash Canada

    Tel: 613 731 7385 x 2301