UWE student wins World Junior Squash Championships, El Shorbagy brothers have won title four times in five years

Issue date: 14 December 2012

Two Egyptian Business students from UWE Bristol, Marwan and Mohamed El Shorbagy, are the first brothers in sports history to win the title of World Junior Squash Champion.

Mohamed El Shorbagy is currently ranked world no. 6 and Marwan El Shorbagy is ranked no. 29. The brothers have dominated the world championships winning the title four times between them over the past five years.

Marwan El Shorbagy said “I'm so happy Egypt has won the title again, and as for myself, winning this title again, with a different team, is such an honour. We've been working hard to be able to have such a result, and it's a small gift we are making for our country.

“Today, I played my best squash at last. I'm so happy we get to keep this title in Egypt, and so proud I was able to win two individual titles too. This marks the end of my junior career. Now it's time to focus on my senior career, I'm ranked 29, and my goal is to reach 20 by the end of the year.

“We would like to thank our Federation, for the support they are giving us, and our National Coach, Amr Wagih, and of course the Qatari Federation, for organising this superb event, for the welcome they offered us, and for the hard work Qatar Team has produced these two weeks.”

Marwan (aged 19) has won WSF World Junior Squash Championships twice - in Herentals (Belgium) in 2011 and now in Doha 2012. He had been playing at junior level but has now turned professional.

Mohamed (aged 21) has also had a great junior career. He won the Junior Championships twice in 2008 in Switzerland and in Chennai in 2009.

In the recent Senior World Men's Squash Championships in Doha, Qatar, Mohamed was narrowly beaten in the final, in a thrilling fifth set decider against fellow Egyptian, Ramy Ashour.

Steve West, UWE Vice Chancellor said, “This is an amazing achievement – We are very proud of the El Shorbagy brothers who have been training at UWE as part of the Elite Sports programme, very well done indeed.”

Elite UWE is a specialist scheme to support top performing athletes whose sport fits within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) framework. The scheme includes a range of bursaries and a team of dedicated sports performance staff to support students.


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