It’s not long now until the first ever University Champs and I am delighted that so many of you have decided to participate! We have split the Men’s draw into 3 categories based on ability and all draws, both Men’s and Women’s, are now available on the Tournament Software website. This also details your match times and will be updated throughout the day so your fans at home can watch your progress!
For many of you, the event will be your first ever Racketlon Event so on behalf of the English Racketlon Association a huge welcome! - the Racketlon community is very friendly and I would encourage you to have a chat with the other players- it will be no time before you’re sharing player profiles and tales of the highs and lows of your matches!
Also, we are very lucky to have the current World Number Two, Calum Reid, with us on the day specifically to provide guidance and match play tips for the University students. So if any of you have any questions, particularly the first timers, then don’t hesitate to ask.
Calum first started playing Racketlon aged 19 whilst a student at Stirling University. Having played TT for Scotland as a junior and a strong club tennis player he took his chances at the British Open Tournament in 2004 (see pic 1), having never played squash or badminton.
Despite narrowly losing to Steve Thompson in the final, having been beaten heavily in squash and badminton, Calum caught the Racketlon bug and in the absence of what we now know as the UK tour, he began playing on the International circuit. Having the ability to join the racket sports clubs and compete in the BUSC leagues whilst at Stirling University was crucial to his progress, and it wasn’t long before Calum became a serious international contender having gone on to win the U21 World Championship in 2004 ,2005 and 2006 (see pic 2). He was awarded International blues for the sport, by the University of Stirling in 2007. Amongst a host of other titles, the pinnacle of his success to date was in 2011 when he became World Champion (see pic 3).
Calum leads the charge in UK Racketlon but he is not alone with Jermaine Manners at No 8 (Badminton Specialist), tournament director, Duncan Stahl (squash Specialist), at No.15 and Ray Jordan at No. 23 (TT Specialist). This is good to see with the 14th FIR World Singles Championships taking place in the UK for the first time - see www.racketlon.co.uk/wc2014
Any questions ahead of the tournament then please do get in touch.
And finally have a really great tournament and enjoy!
University Racketlon Development
Picture Story Board of Calum Reid (a former student at Stirling University and the current World Number Two).