Alex aims to farewell junior ranks with another title

Champion South Australian and SASI athlete Alex Haydon is hoping to end her junior national career on a high by winning her seventh national crown at the Australian Junior Squash Championships in Tasmania between September 28 and October 5

Alex Haydon Hockey standing holding Australian Flag with other athletes

OUTSTANDING young squash player Alex Haydon hopes to say farewell to a stunning junior career when she competes at the Australian Junior Squash Championship in Tasmania between September 28 and October 5.

There, the SASI scholar will aim for her seventh junior crown which is believed to be a record.

Alex will bow out of junior competition now that she is 18.

Alex, a Year 12 student at Henley High School, has one under-13 title, two under-15s and two under-17s and one under-19 crown under her belt.

Alex says she is well prepared and looking forward to giving her final junior national title a strong crack.

"This is my last year as a junior so I will be doing my best to go out on a high,'' Alex says.

"If I can win it it would be great and also be a part of the teams' events for South Australia. We aren't as strong in the boys but we will do our best.

"It's been a busy year. One of my highlights was pairing with Zac Alexander in the mixed world doubles championship where we came third on the Gold Coast. That was exciting.

"I also was lucky enough to win the Oceania and Australian Junior Open both for the first time this year.''

Her selection on the Australian team was for the World Squash Federation (WSF) World Doubles Championships in June this year.

Alex also captained the Australian Oceania team. Last year she won the Under-19 girls title at the Youth Olympics, beating New Zealand's Anika Jackson in the final.

She also had a taste of the Professional Squash Association's Sandgate Open Challenger Tournament.

After the titles in Tasmania Alex will compete at the British Junior Open in Birmingham between January 2 to 6 next year where she also hopes to travel with her family to visit relatives in Germany.

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