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The rising squash star hungry to add more titles to her hoard

Gina Kennedy and Ameerah Ismail
Ameerah Ismail, England Squash’s Rising Star of the Year, has already built up an arsenal of titles in her early career.

And at just 12-years-old, she has her sights set on more silverware as she establishes herself further in the echelons of the junior ranks.

“I had three tournaments that I was training hard for in the off-season – the British Junior Championship, the English Junior Championship and the Nordic Junior Open.

“I managed to win my age category in them all and it was special because my hard training had paid off.”

To be recognised at such a young age is a testament to Ameerah’s dedication to the sport since she started.

“It's a fantastic achievement and it's incredible to be nominated for this award."

“I got into squash because of my dad when I was very young and since then I haven't looked back!”

She always had aspirations to represent England on the national and global stage and has outperformed her peers at multiple competitions in the past year.

And one of her proudest moments was putting on the England shirt when playing against Hong Kong.

Ameerah said:

“It's been amazing to be among the best players in the world in my age group and feels great to have always aspired to play for England.

“I love playing squash because it's competitive, fast and is played with high intensity which makes it so much fun.”

And if there is one thing Ameerah wants to achieve in the rest of her junior and professional career, it’s the lofty heights of the British Junior Open with a lifetime ambition of being number one in the world.

“The ultimate would tournament to win would be the British Junior Open,” she said. “And then to win the British Open and be number one in the world.”

The driven youngster is determined to put her objectives into practice and Ameerah certainly feels ready to reap the rewards from training on all aspects of her game.

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