Ashour will thrill

Squash’s international profile will
continue to rise with the recent announcement that the current world no.1 and
men’s world champion, Ramy Ashour, has confirmed his attendance at the 2011
Cayman Open.

Egyptian Ashour will be part of the
men’s event and will play alongside the top 20 women in the world also
competing in the Cayman Open. It runs in a glass court in Camana Bay from 3-9
April.

On top of that, Cayman will host
the 2012 World Open in December 2012 also at Camana Bay so these shores will
get an even higher recognition factor around the world for excellent staging of
big squash events.

The junior programme is coming on
well too. Cayman Squash is currently finalising an application for a new full-time
junior squash coach – despite Dean Watson doing a fine job over the years. Obvious
talent he has nurtured include Alain Mudeen, Jake Kelly, Cameron and Courtney
Stafford and Samantha Hennings. The intention is for the squash association to
implement an extensive new junior programme that reaches a lot more Cayman
juniors and helps youngsters reach higher levels.

At the official announcement last
week in the harbour in Camana Bay, top professionals Natalie Grainger and Mark
Chaloner said they were pleased that Ashour is coming. Also there was MLA Cline
Glidden Jr and Jim Lammers of DART Realty who are the gold sponsors and site
sponsors. Squash coach and chief organiser Dan Kneipp, who now works for Cedrus
Investments, co-ordinated it all and squash president Jeff Broderick also
chipped in on how pleasing the announcement is. Top Cayman players Marlene
West, Myron Blair and Cameron Stafford said how excited they were that Ashour
will be here. “I watch Ashour all the time on YouTube and never stop being amazed
by how brilliant he is,” Stafford said. “He just finds different angles from
nowhere.”

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