Photo: Louis Murray playing in the Scottish Junior Open 2017
The British Junior Open (BJO) is one of the most prestigious events on the junior squash calendar attracting the best young players from around the world battling it out for the most coveted junior titles.
Held annually in Sheffield across three venues from 2-6 January, the event attracts more than 400 competitors representing over 30 nations competing in eight age categories from the Under 13s to the Under 19s for both boys and girls.
Truro School was well represented by Louis Murray and Jack Mahon in the Under 13s draw of 56 entrants. The boys played six extremely tough matches over four days against Egyptian, Canadian, Chinese, Dutch, English and Irish opponents. This was the first tournament they had competed against the best players in the world and it was extremely noteworthy that Louis finished 40th and Jack 50th.
Louis then travelled to Edinburgh to play the Scottish Junior Open where in the quarterfinals he lost to the Indian No 1, beating the Scottish No 2 along the way and finishing a very commendable 6th from an international draw of 32.
The reputation of Truro School as a serious centre for squash development is continually growing thanks to both boys’ success.