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2012 Amelia Henley
Amelia Henley

Sport

Squash

Achievements to date

    2016 - Highest place finish (6th) World Junior Championships
    2016 - European Championships, Individual and Team Event Winner
    2016 - British Junior U23 National Runner Up
    2015 - British Junior U19 National Runner Up
    2013 - British Junior U17 National Champion
    2012 - British Junior U15 National Champion
    2012 - represented England in European U15 Championships

I started squash when I was 8 years old. Both my mum and dad played it and my older brothers started to train every Saturday with the local coach Mark Hobday, therefore I decided to try the sport instead of just watching. I had played tennis for fun since a young age and so I already had a feel for racket sports, therefore I really enjoyed squash. I was then asked to play for Kent when I was 9 years old, and I was inspired by the older girls. I was then invited to regional training which moved my squash on to another level. Eventually I began to play tournaments and I remember being impressed by the final of the girls U13 English closed between Lucy Beecroft and Ellie Lake. Since then I have enjoyed playing in European tournaments and meeting people around the world.
I have also played a number of other sports such as football for both the school and a local team, netball for the school, cross country for Swale and kent, athletics for Swale and cycling. I have also represented my school skiing team.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

My most memorable sporting achievement was winning the Dutch Junior Open, which is one of the biggest European tournaments, beating the number one in Europe at the time.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

My biggest sporting disappoint was losing in the semi finals in the English closed against the number three seed. However I have not lost to her since!

Most respected sportsperson

My biggest sporting hero is Daryl Selby because when I was younger I was inspired by a speech that he game at a tournament as he described his life of becoming a professional squash player.

Ritual before sporting competition

None so far.

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