Less than three weeks to go now before the elite of Deaf Squash gather in Manchester for the National Deaf Squash Championships 2017.
The event takes place at the National Squash Centre at Sportcity on 11th – 12th February 2017. The final will be at 11am on Sunday 12th.
Winner of the main Rebecca Macree Trophy in Manchester last year was Jamie Mathews who claimed his ninth National Deaf Squash Championships title. He beat Philip Thomas in four games in a closely contested final.
The National Championships come just four months after players from England joined others from around the world in Durban, South Africa for the World Deaf Squash Championships.
That event, held between 3-7th October 2016, saw England once again demonstrate their superiority over the rest of the field, by taking seven of the top ten places, including Matthew Hewitt who took the Men’s title for his first time, defeating Max Percival of South Africa 3-0 in the final.
The championships also saw the first World Deaf Squash Junior title that resulted in a first trophy for the young English player, Noah Duckworth (17) from Nottingham Squash Club, when he defeated Alex Johansson (18) of Sweden 2-1.
The next World championships are scheduled for Toronto, Canada in 2018.
Entry to the National Championships next month in Manchester is free. Let the desk at entry know you are there to watch deaf squash and they’ll issue a wristband enabling entry.
The National Deaf Squash Championships is organised by the English Deaf Squash Association (EDSA). The EDSA is open to new members and new players of all standards. If you would like to get involved and find out more about the organisation, please visit www.edsa.uk.com or get in touch with them on Facebook.