Ten of our keen squash players took to the road this past weekend to compete in the Annual SMU Fit Open. And certainly by the time Sunday arrived the 100 plus participants and many spectators certainly knew that we were there.

Again it was our youth movement who had people talking. Nathan Phillips was the old man at 20 years old and he was the only player to push eventual A champion, visitor and Canadian ranked #21 from BC Morgan Latremouille. Also going out in the men's A quarter-final was 14 year old Liam Jinks who demonstrated that he has a very bright future in the game. On the women's side there was no surprise as our own Canadian Champion Emma Jinks coasted through the women's A and competed solidily in the men's A. The third member of the Jinks family, father Lester, met with misfortune when he pulled a calf muscle while competing in the Master's final.

UPEI student and Island B player Logan Anderson battled in both the men's B and junior gold as did Thomas Cheeseman. Thomas was one of three Cheesemen juniors getting this valuable experience. Siblings Maria and Tobias also competed in both senior and junior divisions. Maria convincingly won the junior bronze consolation prize.

Our last, but not least member of the PEI contingent to leave a significant mark was Olivia Phillips. Olivia a mainstay of the Canada Games Team showed that she very much belonged in the men's B and the Junior Gold, placing well in both. Her final playoff game in the juniors against another visitor, Columbia's number #1 girl under 15 was a great demonstration of high level squash by two young women.

Again, it was an excellent representation of PEI squash and by all indication we will see even more participation in the upcoming Aspin Cup. See you all there.


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