Classy duo dazzled packed club

South Sound Squash Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with a world class Christmas squash exhibition, sponsored by Magical Car Wash.

Two of the world’s greatest players arrived and put on a marvellous exhibition that was well received.

Scotland’s former world no.1 John White took on former world No.10 Joe Kneipp from Australia.

White’s squash achievements include British National Championships, World Open finalist, English Open Champion and Irish Open Champion.

He was ranked in the world’s top 20 for over 10 years. White is famous for his dynamic play and the extreme speed that he can hit the ball. He holds the Guinness World Record for fastest hit of the squash ball, clocking at a mindblowing 172 miles per hour.

Kneipp’s squash achievements include world doubles champions, world team champion, US Open and World Open semi-finalist and Commonwealth Games gold and bronze medallist. He was ranked in the world’s top 20 for over five years, and reached a career best of No.10.

The pros spent time playing with members of Cayman’s Commonwealth Games squad and also hit with some juniors, before dazzling the large crowd with a display of top level squash.

Talented local junior Julian Jervis got to play with the pros, and at the end of the exhibition White gave him his squash racquet.

“Everyone was very pleased with the exhibition, but I don’t think Julian could have looked happier,’ said SSSC club manager Dan Kneipp, Joe’s brother and former coach.

“His eyes nearly popped out of his head when John gave him his personal racquet. It’s wonderful gestures like this by pros that can really make a difference in a kid’s life. Julian is a very keen, talented squash player and White couldn’t believe that he has only been playing for a year.

“The exhibition was a great success. We’ve had a lot of people asking about joining the squash club. We’ve got a special six month membership package that we’ve put together for the New Year that includes free lessons and a free racquet. Squash is one of the easiest sports to learn, and a very fun way to burn a lot of calories.”