Many congratulations to Karina Tyma, the new European Under-19 squash champion! Karina took the title in Prague with a three-game victory over Katie Malliff, after overcoming long-term rival and no.1 seed Elise Lazarus in the semi-final.
It was a landmark win, with Karina becoming Poland’s first ever individual European squash champion. While she was playing under the flag of her native land, Karina has been based in Bristol since 2006, and the city has played a major part in her squash education.
She was coached first by Hadrian Stiff of Elite Squash, based at Workout Harbourside in the centre of Bristol, and has since also worked with Richard Coleman and for the last two years Ian Thomas, who is based at Millfield School in Somerset.
Over the last few years Karina’s game has really developed, pushed on by training with locally-based professional players at Workout Harbourside, including Joelle King and the El Shorbagy brothers, while she is also a member at Redland Green Club in the north of the city.
With high-quality facilities and a friendly but competitive group of squash professionals pushing each other on, Bristol is a great place for young players like Karina to develop their game. “Bristol is a great place for any kind of squash player be it amateur or professional and great place for juniors, too,” she commented.
It’s great to see a local player rise so high, and we know that with her mindset Karina certainly won’t stop there. The next stop is Drexel University in Philadelphia on a full athletic scholarship, and beyond that who knows?
For more information on squash in Bristol, clubs in the local area and how you can get involved, check – www.avonsquash.co.uk