Wednesday, June 12, 2024

ElShorbagy and Kennedy to lead European Team squash charge

Mohamed ElShorbagy will pull on the England jersey when he lines up at the 2023 European Team Championships this month.

Emerging talent Lucy Beecroft and Nick Wall are joining the squad alongside World No.3 ElShorbagy, who will be making his first European Team appearance.

Riding the wave of last year’s men’s and women’s double gold triumph in Eindhoven, the team will be looking to capture the prestigious titles for the 43rd and 42nd time, respectively.

World No.10 Georgina Kennedy is heading up the women’s side and will be joined by world No.22 Jasmine Hutton, and world No.33 Lucy Turmel. 2022 World Games runner-up Lucy Beecroft will be stepping up to make her England senior debut in Sarah-Jane Perry’s absence.

Meanwhile, ElShorbagy, world No.20 Patrick Rooney, 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Adrian Waller, world No.36 George Parker, and emerging talent Nick Wall, who has made a huge leap in the rankings this season to move inside the world’s top 50.

Kennedy said: “I’m so happy to be representing England again. I was gutted to miss out on the Women’s World Teams in December due to injury so being part of the Europeans means a lot to me. I can’t wait to be back with the team and hopefully bring home another trophy.”

England No.1 ElShorbagy said: “I’m really looking forward to representing England at the Europeans. England has a really good track record at team events and I’m honoured to be a part of that. My teammates have been really supportive since I joined England Squash and I’m so proud to be playing alongside them in Helsinki.”

National coach David Campion said:  “We’ve got a fantastic squad of some of the younger players this year. It feels strange to be announcing a team without England legend James Willstrop, but he’s certainly paved the way for the younger generation. Delighted to welcome debutants Nick Wall and Lucy Beecroft to the team and what a privilege for everyone to be playing alongside Mohamed, who is excited to play and who I know will thrive in this team environment.”

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