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Randburg Squash Club kicks off 2024 championships

Ashley Tennent explained that Randburg Squash Club is one of the bigger clubs and they help developing youngsters

Randburg Squash Club Championships 2024 has finally kicked off on June 1 and will run through until the 15th.

Brett Collinson restarts the game. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

Squashers flock to the club for their turn to play and also to gather with friends and catch up over a couple of beers. Many new young participants joined in for the first time this year, which is a great indication of how the sport is growing.

There are 96 players participating in three sections. They all play five matches over the two weeks. They play for rankings until the finals.

Robert Jameison at the Randburg Squash Championship. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

Ashley Tennent, one of the organisers, explained that the tournament is for all the club members to play against each other to know who is the best.

“We run it over two weeks, and we have A to C sections. We call it Randburg Open because it is not based on gender but strength. We have ladies in the sections, and they are playing against the men. There are no age and gender restrictions.”

Sibusiso Manya competes at the championship. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

The youngest participant in the 2024 championship is 16 years of age and the oldest is in the late seventies.

“There are a lot of youngsters that we call development players. We take them in at the club, and we sponsor them with transport and food so that they can develop their skills at this club. They belong to a squash academy outside the club, but we take them in as individual members to try and give them an opportunity to play against stronger players, have more competitions and develop their skills because they are young.”

Clifford Mead participates at the 2024 Randburg Squash Champs. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

He added that squash will be added in the Olympics for the first time in 2028 and there is a huge drive for youngsters’ development.

Carl Beckerling. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

The Randburg club is one of the bigger squash clubs with hundreds and hundreds of members. “We pride ourselves in being a social club and we are a very strong club. Our members love to hang around and have a good time.”

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