Issue date: 07 January 2010
The University of the West of England's Elite Squash Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy has won the worlds most prestigious junior squash event, the Under 19's Boy's championships Finals for a record third time.
In the final, ElShorbagy braced himself for a beating, battling against fellow Egyptian's Karim Abdel Gawade. However, as predicted, ElShorbagy led to victory with the results 11/9, 11/7, 10/12, 11/9 in 52 minutes securing the winning medal in the Sheffield Venue creating a cracking start to the New Year.
UWE's Elite Squash Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy has been recognised as the rising star of Egyptian Squash. Remaining the youngest of the Elite players on the Professional Squash Association World tour, Mohammed was Named 'Young Player of the Year' picking up the PSA award in November. Two days later, Mohamed reclaimed a world top 20 spot.
Supported by UWE's scholarship through the Elite UWE programme, Mohamed is a sporting ambassador to the university and manages to balance his passion with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Richard Bennett from UWE's Centre for Sport, said, “Mohamed's continued success at the British Open during the first year of his degree is testament to his commitment to combine both training and studying. We are also hopeful that his semi final opponent, Lucas Serme will also be joining UWE in September helping us to form an increasingly strong team to compete in the British University Squash Championships.”
Next up for ElShorbagy is a trip to New York for a professional event, followed by his first appearance at the British University Individual Squash Championships at the University of Birmingham in February.