Date Posted... Mar 13th 2023

Preparing for National School Finals

World Ranking Squash players in Truro ahead of National School Finals

On Friday, 10 March, former Squash World No. 1 Karim Gawad and current World No. 8 Mazen Hesham gave a masterclass at Truro School.

Truro School has celebrated many outstanding squash achievements, including holding a National Schools title, medaling at National School finals and student, Louis Murray, securing a squash scholarship at Harvard University.

Our Key Stage 5 (U18) squash team are current National Schools Champions. They will defend their national title in the finals on 17 March at the Edgbaston Priory Club. The boys are currently undergoing preparations with Head Coach, Tim Smith, who planned the masterclass with former world No. 1 Karim Gawad and current No. 8 Mazen Hesham as part of their ongoing training and mentoring. They will also be joined by former England Junior National coach Lee Drew, who is currently the PSA refereeing director. He travels to Cornwall to coach the team players with school Head Coach Tim Smith on semi-regular basis to develop key areas of performance development. Lee will be holding coaching clinics following the pro event exclusively aimed at fine-tuning the team for the national finals.

Tim Smith, Head Coach at Truro School said, “It is a fantastic time for squash here at Truro School and we are immensely proud of all that the team has achieved. We are looking forward to welcoming Karim, Mazen and Lee to our School and are incredibly grateful to them for helping our players prepare for the national finals.”

Truro School’s England No. 1 U17 (2021) squash player Louis Murray is expanding his list of academic and sporting achievements, having secured a prestigious place at Harvard University. The talented player has worked through the ranks competing in South West, England, and British Opens. Each year, Harvard has up to three places for top squash players. Louis’ squash career to date, coupled with substantial academic achievements, no doubt helped secure his place at this renowned Ivy League University.

Talking about Louis’ achievements earlier in the year, Director of Sport, Dan Sanderson said “We are very proud of Louis’ impressive achievements on the squash courts, and to fulfil so much alongside a strong academic performance is testament to his hard work and commitment. He is a truly remarkable student and squash player, and we look forward to following his journey into the future.”