Car dealership Eastgate Mazda put the zoom into one of the country’s largest junior squash tournaments, which was held in Bristol at the weekend. Over 140 youngsters took part, including many top ranked national and international competitors.

The Avon Junior Open, the first event of its kind in the region sanctioned by governing body England Squash, was held at Holmes Place, Redwood Lodge. Players aged between eight and 18 battled in more than 200 matches as the spotlight fell on the South West to showcase the best of young squash talent.

Peter Yates-Round, sales and marketing manager of Eastgate Mazda, located at 115 Glenfrome Road, Bristol, attended the day’s proceedings:

"It was a great day for all involved and generated a real buzz to see so many talented youngsters in one place," he commented. "Some kids had travelled from as far as Malaysia to be here and the organisation of the whole event was fantastic, a real credit to Bristol.

"Eastgate Mazda was proud to sponsor the event along with Karakal sports equipment. The challenging activity I witnessed on Saturday certainly mirrors Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom philosophy, with its sporty new models like the stunning RX-8 and the Mazda3."

Bristol-born Dan West, a member of the resident Redwood Lodge Squash Club, claimed a local triumph when he secured the boys’ under-17 title in a closely fought last game.

Nine prizes were presented during the day with separate male and female trophies for different age categories at under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19, and a mixed tournament taking place for under-11s.

The day was organised by local squash enthusiast Martin Wright in conjunction with the Redwood Lodge Squash Club and its coach Hadrian Stiff.

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Published : 20/11/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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