The second All Africa Junior squash tournament hosted by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Squash Club from 10 to 12 August attracted 65 teen players from as far afield as the United States and Saudi Arabia, while raising much-needed funds for bone marrow transplant charity The Sunflower Fund.
The players, aged from nine to 19, came to UCT for a weekend of exceptional squash and a chance to explore the university and interact with the student members of the squash club.
UCT sports coordinator Kerr Rogers said the youngsters competed in a variety of age groups, from U11 to U19 in both boys’ and girls’ events, with the event run by elected UCT squash players who serve on the squash clubʼs committee.
“The young players get the chance to enjoy a great weekend of squash while engaging with the UCT players and finding out what the university offers up-and-coming squash players who may be planning to register here for [an] academic course in the future,” he said.
On the flipside, the squash students gained valuable skills and experience in hosting and running an international event that met international squash standards.
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The UCT club partnered with The Sunflower Fund, raising awareness and R2 500 for the charity at the event.
The Sunflower Fund is dedicated to educating the public about the need for bone marrow donations and handling the registration process for people signing up to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). By increasing the number of donors listed on the national database, they raise the odds of a match for children and adults diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders.
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