Kyran Young claimed the top spot of the Squash Championship in conjunction with the 37th National Day celebration after defeating Pengiran Hasnan bin Pengiran Anak Haji Rozanan in straight sets 11-6, 11-2, 11-5 in the men’s open final at the National Squash Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex last night.
The newly crowned winner credited his beaten opponent despite a handsome victory in his maiden competition in the country.
“Hasnan is a very good player. He has a very good touch and very good racket skills. It was a great game and it was nice to play him in the tournament,” said Kyran in an interview with the Bulletin after the prize presentation ceremony.
He added, “It was well organised and I had a great time. It was my first tournament in Brunei.”
Kyran found out about the tournament when he visited the National Squash Centre where Mike Carter from the Jerudong International School coaches every weekend.
“I came down and have a bit of a hit with the kids and I found out that there was a tournament here. So, I decided to enter.”
Kyran, a former pupil in Wycliff College based in Gloucestershire, said that a Bruneian who finished fourth in the same tournament attended the school there.
“I trained from aged 12 to 18 at Wycliff College and that’s how I learnt squash properly.”
He received his squash education from renowned coach Scott Young from the United States.
Meanwhile, Lim Kok Sheng came in third place in the men’s open category following a 11-5 11-2 11-6 win over Haji Md Sufri in the playoff.
Catherine Carter took the women’s title with Hamidah Ismail finishing runners-up and Nuraini Zabar came in third.
Will Thacker emerged winner in the under-17 category with Daniel Sim claiming the runner-up spot.
President of Brunei Squash Rackets Association (BSRA) Haji Abdul Mateen bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Md Yusof said that the tournament aimed to promote the sport to all Bruneians.
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said presented the prizes.