Namibia's top two under 16 Junior Squash Players, Arno Diekmann (Wanderers Squash Club) and Henko Knipe came in 3rd and 5th in the annual Paarl Junior Squash Open which was held from 6 to 8 October in Paarl, South Africa.
According to Henk Knipe, a parent travelling with the team, after a lot of hard work by the two, who competed against some of the best in the Western Cape as well as from other parts of SA, the players proved to have upgraded their skills.
"The games that they lost to end up in these positions were very tough and their opponents new pretty well that they had their work cut-out to win them," Henk said.
The competition is one of the important competitions for an overall SA ranking and for the yearly Bloemfontein Open that is seen as the most important Junior Squash competition for individual juniors each year.
"The Inter Provincial Tournament is the highlight of the SA Junior calendar, where teams from all provinces compete against each other. A competition that all our Namibian Juniors would like to take part in as soon as they have reached that level. Taking part in SA tournaments is therefore of vital importance to bring them up to that standard," he added.
According to Henk, Namibia has the talent and dedication amongst its players to compete in SA and internationally with enough exposure.
"Still remembering that first competition in SA three years ago, it was evident that their SA opponents have realised that these two have become a force to be reckoned with and that it only took them three years from the bottom of the ranking order to be counted in when the best go onto the court," he added.
"It was also great to receive comments, support, congratulations and respect from the local SA coaches for the progress these two players have made and confirming that their players are also starting to measure them up with ours," he said.
Meanwhile, the next local tournament will be the Club Challenge between Klein Windhoek and Wanderers Squash Club end of this week.
From L to R: Arno Diekmann and Henko Knipe the two squash players who have improved over the years.