Cambridgeshire County player and Melbourn Squash Club [http://www.melbourn-squash.co.uk] member Kate Bradshaw is celebrating the first international call-up of her career after she was named in the England Women’s Over-35s squad for this years Home Internationals, to be held in Dublin at the end of April.
Bradshaw’s consistent performance on the 2015-16 England Squash Masters Tour, where she was runner-up in two of the six regional events (the East and Midlands Masters), had her in contention for selection. However her place was only secured by reaching the semi-finals at the recent British National Squash Championships, which were held at the National Squash Centre in Manchester. The points gained saw Bradshaw finish third on the seasonal rankings.
Bradshaw commented “I’m absolutely delighted to be selected this year. Last year was my first attempt when I narrowly missed out on selection. Some hard work on physical conditioning, and training with the guys at Melbourn every week over the summer set me up for the new season.
“Last September, I was able to hit the court on form, getting a crucial win in the semis at the first tournament in Bury St. Edmunds. I maintained this good form throughout the season, culminating in the Nationals in Manchester over Valentines weekend.
“The Nationals are a really special event as the Men’s and Women’s professional draws are played there at the same time as the Masters. As my semi-final was being played on an all glass show court in the centre of the master’s arena, I got half an hour to practice with the recent World No.18 Lauren Briggs – another fantastic experience.”
The British National Deaf Squash Championships were also held concurrently at the National Squash Centre. Melbourn’s Dan Easton finished runner-up in his round robin pool of the Rebecca Macree Trophy, winning four matches from five. This took him to the Semis, where he was eliminated 3-1 by eventual champion Jamie Mathews. Michael Easton, Dan’s brother and fellow England Deaf International, travelled to Manchester but was forced to withdraw at the last minute as a sciatic nerve injury hadn’t healed sufficiently.
Melbourn Squash Club chairman Nick Sugden said “Kate has for several years been a key player for both the ladies and mixed teams at Melbourn. It is a tremendous personal achievement for Kate to gain international honours and the Club is delighted for her. The Easton brothers have also produced a consistently high standard of squash for the club teams over the years, which has resulted in their international recognition.
“For a small club such as Melbourn to have three members with international experience is truly remarkable.”