Junior Squash News - Renee Wu

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Our latest Junior Update reflects upon the potential of another member of our Junior Section, Renee Wu, who at the tender age of 11 years old, represents the club in the Hong Kong Ladies League, Division 2, and also plays in the Main League in Division 7A.

Renee was born and brought up on Hong Kong, and attends Kau Yan School. Her favourite subjects at school are physical education (like many of us) and art. All of her family members lead very active, sporting lives: her father, John, plays basketball regularly; mother, Gloria, enjoys playing badminton; while both of Renee’s elder brothers play football. So it was only natural that Renee would take up a sport of her own. She was introduced to squash when she joined the mini-squash interest class as a school activity at the age of six

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However, Renee only started to play seriously from the age of eight years old when she became a member of the Young Athletes Squash Training Scheme in the Hong Kong Squash Centre. She was subsequently nominated to join the Regional Squad in 2013 and has been playing competitively since then with some notable successes, listed below.

2013 Aug – Hong Kong Junior Squash Open : Girls U11 Classic Plate Champion

2013 Dec – Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Junior Squash Open :  Girls U11 #9

2014 May – Malaysia Penang Junior Squash Open : Girls U11 3rd Runner-Up

2014 Aug – Hong Kong Junior Squash Open : Girls U11 1st Runner-Up

2014 Aug – Japan Junior Squash Open : Girls U11 Champion

2014 Dec – Singapore Squash Open : Girls U13 3rd Runner-Up

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You will notice how far Renee’s squash travels have taken her. Her highest local ranking was at number two in Hong Kong for girls aged under-11, and Renee is currently ranked number five in Asia for girls aged under-13. Clearly, Renee has a lot of potential and is one player to keep an eye on in the future.

Renee spends two hours squash-training every day after school – as a result, she barely has enough time to finish school work and chat with friends. If she does get the chance to relax or have any wind-down time, then there’s nothing Renee likes more than watching sport and soap operas on the television with her brothers.

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Besides squash, Renee is also a member of the school athletics team. She is an excellent long-distance runner and also the record-holder for her school’s long jump! Besides sports, Renee likes visual art. She enjoys sketching, drawing and painting which sometimes gives her a good chance to ‘cool down’ after some heated squash practices and matches.

At this young age, instead of focusing on power and strength, Renee is concentrating her squash efforts on learning how to play a greater variety of squash shots. She is very quick around the court and very good at retrieving shots. On the other hand, she does feel that there is still a lot to learn in squash: techniques and shot-making, strategy and tactics, and more importantly how to be grow up stronger physically and mentally. Renee’s target is to continue to play competitively with players of different strengths, style, culture, age and learn from them and hopefully one day become a member in the Hong Kong Squash national team. Watch this space!

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COACHING

Phil Head and his team are available for lessons, both private and group, for all ages.  For more information please contact Phil on philhead@netvigator.com or on 9166 4931.

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