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Billy Whalley – a squash star in the making?

Billy Whalley – a squash star in the making?

Billy picked up his first squash racket when he was 8 years old and immediately took to the game like a fish to water. With very little in the way of formal coaching he quickly started to show some serious talent and put his marker down as one for the adult population of NAS&TC squash club to be looking over their shoulders for!

Having won the C and B grade county graded tournaments in fairly short order he is now competing with the much larger and stronger teenagers in the A grade as well as regularly travelling around the country competing individually in county closed and England squash tournaments as well as representing Devon at u11s and u13s. He entered his first ranking tournament in June 2015 with a ranking of 125, 1 year on he is a regular winner of the u11 England Squash bronze junior events, recent runner up in the Summerfield (Bronze event) u13 event and has a national ranking of 15.

It may be unsurprising to hear that Billy has firmly set his sights on breaking into the top 10 (mainly to get sponsorship and free rackets!) and becoming a trusted member of the England junior squash team. There is no doubt that he will have to work hard to achieve this and his step up to U13s from November will bring fresh challenges, but the desire is certainly there!

In his short but impressive squash life to date he has accomplished an awful lot, some of his achievements are listed below

  • June 2015 – England Squash Bronze event - Summerfield Open u11s Runner Up

  • August 2015 - England Squash Bronze event - Cornwall Open u11s Runner Up

  • September 2015 - Devon County event - County Closed Winner also securing Devon u11s no.1 spot

  • October 2015 - Played no.1 for Devon u13s in first round England Squash inter counties win against Cornwall and Dorset (Ioan Sharpe & Toby Roberts were other NA juniors that also played their part here).

  • November 2015 - England Squash Bronze event - Bath Junior Open u11s Winner

  • February 2016 – Devon County event - D&E B grade winner and A grade RU

  • April 2016 - Playing No.1 for Devon u11s - team finished 4th @ u11s England Squash Inter counties out of 32 counties (Ioan Sharpe & Ed Whalley were other NA juniors that also played their part here).

  • April 2016 England Squash Bronze event - Sutton Coldfield Junior Open u11s Winner

  • April 2016 Newton Abbot Club Handicap Winner

  • May 2016 England Squash Bronze event - Worcester Junior Open u11s Winner

  • June 2016 England Squash Gold event - placed 13th @ u11s National Championships (losing to the eventual winner in the last 16)

  • June 2016 England Squash Bronze event - Summerfield Junior Open u13s Runner Up

  • June 2016 England Squash Bronze event - Vevo Bristol u13s 3rd place