Junior Awards – Congratulations to Cristina, Harvey and Emma
The IOMSRA Committee and its members would like to thank all the coaches and players who are actively involved in developing squash talent on the IOM. We would particularly like to thank the Junior Development head coach Pat Fitzpatrick and his team of Junior Academy Squash Coaches – Ben Peach, Richard Webster and Beth Jones.
We would also like to thank Les Callow, Andy Dalrymple, Steven Wright and John Watterson who coach at the MYG sessions. Worthy of special mention are Les Callow and Gary Crease who have been heavily involved in developing our younger players through individual coaching sessions.
If it wasn’t for the coaches mentioned above the IOM wouldn’t have such a good crop of junior players coming through the IOMSRA Junior development system (which includes the MYG sessions). The hard work and commitment of all the coaches mentioned above is one of the reasons why we have so many good junior squash players.
Most sports coaches will be aware of the saying – “Coaches don’t make players, Players make players”. The coach guides the athlete towards the destination and keeps them on track, however the athlete needs the drive and determination to push on towards the destination.
The Juniors players receiving the junior awards really have demonstrated the drive and determination required to improve at a sport. So it is with recognition to this truth that the Junior squash coaches have decided to announce the Junior squash awards winners for the 2019/2020 season are –
Left – Cristina Cruz – most improved from Development session
Centre – Harvey Douglas – most improved from Advanced session
Congratulations to Emma Leith – Junior Squash Player of the Season
Emma went into the 2019/2020 season full of confidence after making her competitive debut for the senior Isle of Man Ladies team at the Natwest International Island Games held in Gibraltar in July 2019. Not only did Emma make her debut but she also managed to pick up a win on her very first trip which is an exceptional achievement. Emma took this form into the league season, playing for the Academy teams in both the C and B leagues. She achieved some fantastic victories through her desire to win and her excellent improvement in her technical ability. Emma picks up this award for not only how she competes on court but how she applies herself off court as well. She is a great example to the younger juniors, as she is always on time, always committed to training as well as trying to juggle being in the Island netball team and her school studies. This season Emma has also volunteered and helped out at the Beginner junior squash sessions and the academy development sessions, another reason why Emma fully deserves the award of the Junior Player of the Season and really is an inspiration for the younger players to look up to.
Congratulations to Harvey Douglas – Most improved Junior from the Advanced Session
Harvey has come through the Junior Academy system, starting off with the beginner sessions on a Saturday, then into the development academy session and now is one of the senior players in the advanced session. Harvey started off the season playing in the lower order of the Academy team which competes in the senior B league. Howeverafter only a few weeks of league squash Harvey picked up some tremendous results, pushing himself up to number two in the team. He has kept this place within the team throughout the season and also made a couple of guest appearances in the A league as teams started to spot the talent coming through the academy. As coaches we are excited to see how far Harvey can improve. If he continues with his improvement and keeps his excellent commitment to getting better he will soon be pushing number one in the B league team and consistently playing every week in the A league.
Congratulations to Cristina Cruz – Most improved Junior from the Development Session
Cristina is a very young and talented squash player and this was her first full season in the development session. As coaches we have seen a huge improvement in Cristina from the start of the season. She is known for her exceptional attitude on court and throughout the season she has developed a really consistent basic squash game which is very rare for someone so young. The academy coaches are really excited to help and see Cristina continue to improve over the next few years.