Rising squash star Kaitlyn Watts off to junior world champs

SquashGym Palmerston North's Kaitlyn Watts has been named in the New Zealand team going to the junior world championships.
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SquashGym Palmerston North's Kaitlyn Watts has been named in the New Zealand team going to the junior world championships.

Manawatu's Kaitlyn Watts has been named in the team of four to represent New Zealand at the world junior championships individual and teams events at Tauranga in July.

A team of two junior women and six junior men has also been announced to compete at the individual event.

The New Zealand junior women's team is Watts, Anna Hughes (Auckland), Anika Jackson (Hamilton) and Camden Te Kani-McQueen (Rotorua).

The reserve for the team is Nadia Hubbard (Rotorua), who will also compete in the individual event, along with Rhiarne Taiapa (Hastings) who is sixth player for the individual event.

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The junior men competing in the individual event are Finn Trimble (Whangarei), Matthew Lucente (North Shore), Gabe Yam (North Shore), Lwamba Chileshe (Hamilton), Mitchell Kempton (Invercargill) and Quinn Udy (Marlborough).

SquashGym Palmerston North's Watts has claimed numerous titles throughout her squash career and she has already claimed the under-19 Oceania junior championships title this year, as well as the New Zealand junior open title.

Watts competed in the world junior championships individual event in Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 2015 where she reached the quarterfinals of the special plate.

A lot of the squad have already represented New Zealand and competed in the trans-Tasman teams for the past few years, as well as winning national age-group titles.

Hughes has recently moved to Drexel University in the United States on a squash scholarship.

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Jackson also has numerous age group titles. Her aunt Leilani Rorani was runnerup in the 2000 and 2001 world open and claiming the 1999 and 2000 British Opens.

Trimble won the under-19 Oceania title and the New Zealand junior open. He was part of the 2016 world junior men's team where he was knocked out of the individuals event in round three of the special plate.

It will be Lucente's first appearance at the world junior championships and he will be eligible for next year's event in Chennai, India.

He was the recent winner of the Oceania junior championships under-17 title and has been a regular representative for the New Zealand trans-Tasman junior test series team.

It will be Chileshe's international debut.

Udy was runnerup in this year's Oceania junior championships under-19 event and fourth at the New Zealand junior open.

The junior women's team will be coached by Joanne Williams and the men by Glen Wilson. 

 - Stuff

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