Udy chosen for world champs

Quinn Udy, left, in action against George Crosby at the Marlborough champs.
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Quinn Udy, left, in action against George Crosby at the Marlborough champs.

Marlborough squash player Quinn Udy is poised to take on the world.

The 18-year-old was named on Friday as one of six young Kiwi men who will represent New Zealand at the World Junior Team and Individual Championships in Tauranga in July.

Udy will compete in the individual event at the worlds, alongside Finn Trimble, Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam, Lwamba Chileshe and Mitchell Kempton.

Since stepping onto court at an early age, the Marlborough Squash Rackets Club member has been working his way slowly and steadily to the top echelon of his sport.

In 2013 he was New Zealand and South Island under-15 age group champion, he claimed the SI under-17 title in 2014 then picked up the national title in 2015, also representing his country in trans-Tasman competition.

He was runner up in the 2017 Oceania junior championships under-19 age group and finished fourth in the New Zealand Junior Open this year.

The fact the worlds are being hosted in this country has proved fortunate for Udy. Squash NZ traditionally send either a male or female side to the world juniors, with it being the young women's turn this year after the men went to Poland in 2016, a trip Udy narrowly missed out on. However, as the 2017 champs are being hosted in New Zealand, a junior men's side will also attend and play for individual titles.

Udy is excited to be given the chance to represent his country on the world stage for the first time, and realises the lofty standard of the players he will come up against.

"They will be pretty amazing players. Some of the top under-19s are on the world senior tour, in the top 20 world-wide but still in juniors, so the standard will be high."

Udy is coached in Marlborough by Ron Crosby and Paul Roughan, plus travels to Auckland for work outs with the NZ junior elite squad. 

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He will play in the North Island champs, the senior nationals and a PSA tournament in Palmerston North before he competes in Tauranga, giving him a chance to hone his game before tackling the world.

 - Stuff

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