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'Maan' on a Mission at BJO

Posted on 01/11/2017

The British Junior Open (BJO) is the pinnacle of junior squash in the World each year with the top 5 players from each country competing in their age category.  This year Canada set a record before the event even began, as the country sent over 20 athletes to the 2017 BJO, the largest delegation to date.  Noel Heaton and Abdelrahman "Maan" Dweek were represented from Alberta.  Noel played a total of 6 matches, losing to the eventual winner of the Under 19 category and ended up 26th in his first year of the Under 19. He will be looking to improve on that next year along with another group of juniors.



 

  Abdelrahman was a 9 /16 seed, which matched him against the 3/4 seed in the round of 16. This was the match to win to give him a shot at top 8 or top 4 and the match against the #1 Malaysian Under 15. It was a hard fought battle with Abdelrahman coming out on top 11-9 in the fourth. This put him in to the quarter finals where he beat the US # 1, 3-0 and up against another Malaysian in the semi-finals. This was a close match, but ended up on the losing side 3-1.His coach and Junior Men’s National Coach, Jonathan Hill, was hoping for a top 8 finish at his first BJO.“The BJO can be very draw dependent as there are so many top players at this event, but once we saw the draw we knew that there was a possibility for a strong finish from Maan and very proud of his success”. Abdelrahman ended up placing 4th, which puts his as one of the top 4 players for his age in the World.This the highest finish by any Canadian Junior Boy in over 20 years since Jonathon Power made it to the finals…….CONGRATULATIONS
















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