By Matt Vicker
One of the members of the UWE Squash team has recently become a runner-up in the Men’s World Open Squash Championships. As of January 2013, Mohamed El Shorbagy, is currently ranked at no.5 in the world, and represents his country of birth, Egypt.
Mohamed turned professional in 2006, aged just 15, and previously was a double World Junior Champion before he progressed onto the senior circuit. UWE captain, Konrad Tyma has described Mohamed as ‘a great ambassador to our sport and to our University.’ Having just turned 22, and as his future looking bright, I would have to agree! His list of achievements will surely grow in the years to come.
The UWE 1st team is also look- ing good at the moment, winning all the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) matches so far, as well as sitting in top of Division 1A. Last year they won the BUCS Cup finals and were the best University team in UK. Mohamed also became a BUCS individual champion, by beat- ing his younger brother, Marwan El Shorbagy. Marwan is also in the UWE
1st team. The third/fourth place play off was also won by a UWE squash player, Frenchman, Lucas Serme.
Over the years, many attempts have been made to make squash a sport at the Olympic Games. It has narrowly missed out on being included for the 2016 Olympics in Buenos Aires, with golf and rugby sevens
chosen ahead. Currently, a campaign is being run in order to include sport for the 2020 Games which will be held in either Madrid, Istanbul or Tokyo. If it is successful, I am sure the sport will benefit immensely from this, and we will see some of our very own squash stars from UWE competing on the biggest of stage