Congratulations to Holly Ranson for winning the women’s British Under 21s Racketlon championship from all at Berkshire Squash.
Racketlon is a multi-sport event, where competitors compete at badminton, tennis, table tennis and squash. Each match involves all 4 sports being played to 21 points, with the scores across all 4 disciplines combined to determine the winner.
Amazingly, Holly is just 14 years old and only played her first Racketlon tournament in January 2022. However, just 3 months later, as the youngest contestant in the tournament, she was crowned British under 21s champion and was also runner-up in the women’s B grade. Holly came away from the championships on a real high and was determined to work even harder to improve her squash before her next tournament. Even more incredible is that Holly only started playing squash in December 2021!
Holly is an accomplished badminton player, having represented Berkshire many times, and is also a very competent table tennis and tennis player. Believing that squash was her weakest sport, Holly sought squash coaching from Craig Banyard to help prepare her for her first tournament. Holly’s progress with her squash over the last 4 months is extremely impressive and she recognises that this was instrumental in winning her first UK championship.
From day one, Holly has taken to squash really well, and her badminton skills have helped her massively, as she loves to volley and has excellent court coverage. She really enjoys playing squash, learning a new discipline and appreciates Craig’s positive approach and all the support and encouragement he provides.
After her racketlon win, Craig said “I really enjoy coaching Holly because she always gives 100% and is a quick learner. We also have fun on court which is important”.
Holly loves squash and has now entered her first squash only tournament in May and even hopes to do squash as one of her GCSE sports!
As well as progressing with her racketlon competitions, we look forward to watching Holly’s squash progress and hope to see her representing Berkshire in future.