Squash progidy Gwidzima clinches bronze medal at Scottish Junior Open

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Talented teenager Ryan Gwadzima capped off an impressive campaign at the 2023 Scottish Junior Squash Open, by bagging a bronze medal in the boys’ under-19 category of the prestigious competition which was held in Edinburgh from December 28 to 30.

Gwidzima represented the country in the Scottish Junior Open which featured almost 200 players from over 30 countries took part in the event.

The gifted 17-year-old Zimbabwean put on an impressive show in the tournament as he made a strong challenge for the coveted title before settling for a podium finish.

After a 11-9, 6-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-9 loss to the eventual winner and home favourite Kyle Penman of Scotland in the semifinals, Gwidzima made sure to finish on a high with a convincing 1-11, 7-11, 11-4, 5-11 victory against another Scottish player Oliver Hunter.

Earlier in the tournament Gwidzima caused a huge upset by knocking out the pre-tournament favourite and second seed Connor Hayes from Australia in the second round.

Early last year Gwidzima had the opportunity to train in Alexandria, Egypt alongside coach Mohamed Elkeiy ahead of the World Junior Squash Championships in Australia later in the year.

Ryan’s journey to the international stage has been facilitated by the Ryan Gwidzima Trust, which played a crucial role in his move to Wycliffe College in England five years ago.

During his successful stint at Wycliffe, he won several England Silver tournaments, earning a reputation as a formidable player.

However, the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 forced him to drop out temporarily and return to Zimbabwe.

There, he completed his education at Falcon College before returning to Wycliffe to continue his squash career.

His return to Wycliffe has been nothing short of stellar, causing significant upsets by defeating top-ranked players in England and recently securing victory in the Chichester Silver tournament.

After last week’s Scottish Junior Open, Gwidzima turns his attention to the British Junior Open, which will take place from January 3 to 7, before competing in the French Junior Open.

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