Issue date: 22 March 2012
UWE Bristol's Squash team have won the BUCS (British Colleges and Colleges Sport) Squash event for the first time.
The victorious team of Egyptian siblings Mohammed and Marwan El Shorbagy, France's Lucas Serne, and fellow students Alex Kinsley, Stuart Hadden and Alistair Booth beat Birmingham University in the final 3:2 in Sheffield.
This tops off an impressive season for the squash players so far. In the Birmingham singles event in February the students took home gold, silver and bronze. They all played four matches at the three day event with reigning champion, Mohammed El Shorbagy taking first place, followed by sibling Marwan and Lucas Serme.
Alex Isaac, Head of Sport at UWE Bristol said, “Over the past two years the UWE Bristol Centre for Sport has developed a partnership with Elite Squash, combined with the 'EliteUWE' scholarship programme it has enabled us to give players the opportunity to study in Bristol whilst receiving the highest level of coaching and support services. Our current crop of players are extremely talented, we are proud of their achievements in this team event and the numerous successes they have had in Junior and Senior events they have competed in right the way around the globe. Combining the training and competitive commitments of their sport with being away at University is a difficult set of challenges but the transferable skills they develop will set them up for whatever they choose to do later in life.”
Egyptian Mohammed El Shorbagy is currently ranked world number eight in the rankings. Younger brother Marwan El Shorbagy is World Junior Champion, ranked number 33 in the world. Both players are currently in action this week in London at the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic (19 – 23 March).
Marwan El Shorbagy said, “I'm very happy to be part of this great team at UWE Bristol. Since winning the World Juniors in July 2011 I started doing really well on the circuit. I had a very good start this year by reaching the quarter finals in one of the major tournaments by beating two players in the top 20 and this tournament improved my ranking to world number 33, also I won the British Junior Open U19 in January, then I went to India for the World Cup U21 and represented Egypt where we came first.
“Having the squash courts on campus at UWE Bristol helps me a lot to do my training with my brother. The facilities everywhere on campus are really good.”
France's Lucas Serme was the winner of last year's U19 French Junior Open and alongside Marwan El Shorbagy (Egypt) travelled to India in February to compete in the team U21 World Cup 2012. Egypt won the competition (2/1) against hosts India.
Notes to the editors
The Centre for Sport at UWE is open to the community throughout the year and features a state of the art complex including a floodlit astroturf pitch, sports hall, indoor climbing wall and two fully equipped fitness suites. It also has a team of dedicated sports performance staff to support Elite athletes on the 'EliteUWE' scheme.