SQUASH: Curtis Malik leads England to become European Junior champions

European Team junior champions England featuring Curtis Malik SUS-140513-094554002
European Team junior champions England featuring Curtis Malik SUS-140513-094554002

England Under-15s squash captain Curtis Malik has led his country to title winning success at the European Junior Championships in Prague.

Curtis is a familiar face at Crawley Squash Club at K2 as he is sponsored by operating contractors Freedom Leisure.

This followed on from their overall victory for England at the Five Nations Championship in Dublin in March.

The team won all their pool matches on Thursday and Friday fairly comfortably.

However Saturday’s quarter-finals and semi-finals proved to be a tougher test, especially for Curtis who was playing at No.1 as he dropped a game to the Belgium No.1 in the quarters and lost two games to the Czech No.1 in the semi-final, but came through to win both individually and as a team.

So onto an in-form French side in the final, who boast the European U15s No.1 Victor Crouin and the No.4 Hugo Mandill and Girls’ No.6 Fanny Segers!

Haywards Heath based Curtis went 2-1 down and somehow found some real form and determination to win through for England and as captain against the European U15s No1 by winning the fourth and fifth games to take the match 3-2 to secure the European Junior Team Championships title.