Major boost for squash starlet – Namibian

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SQUASH sensation Dené van Zyl this week got a major shot in the arm from Visions Consulting, who confirmed they would be the talented player’s official sponsor during 2022 as she enters the international arena.

The sponsorship covers participation at 10 regional and international events for the reigning Namibian junior champion.

It has been a rewarding past few days for the 15-year-old, who was crowned South African Junior Open championship under-16 champion in Bloemfontein over the weekend.

She also defeated the tournament’s number two seed Elzandri Janse van Rensburg 3-0 in the finals.

Van Zyl has secured numerous prestigious titles in southern Africa and was previously the number one u11 player in South Africa. Her other accolades include winning the South African Prince Open in Johannesburg (u11), the South African Nationals (u11), the Bloemfontein Open (u11), the Wilson Open (u11), the African Open (u13) and the senior Wanderers Ladies championship when she was 14 years old.

Van Zyl picked up her first squash racket at the tender age of five but could not have imagined this exciting, high-paced sport code would become her passion in life.

She was inspired by her aunt Tenille Swartz, who reached a world ranking of 28 in 2008 and boasted wins against the five time world champion Nour Sherbini from Egypt and ex-world number two at the time Camille Serme of France.

Swartz’s insight and experience has proved invaluable to Van Zyl’s development, with further guidance provided by her coach Max Endjala, who is currently the top male squash player in Namibia.

Despite her tender age, Van Zyl already ranks as the third best female squash player in the country. Her ability in the sport is perhaps not surprising, given that squash runs through the DNA of the Van Zyl family.

Her father Morné ranks among the top 16 squash players in Namibia, while her two younger brothers, Enré (11) and Ewan (6), are considered emerging talents to keep an eye on.

Van Zyl’s parents, Delia and Morné, are her biggest fans and are constantly looking out for opportunities for their daughter to pursue her passion.

“Visions Consulting is proud to be associated with such a talented squash player,” the company said, and confirmed they would be the talented player’s official sponsor during 2022 as she enters the international arena.

The sponsorship covers participation at 10 regional and international events for the reigning Namibian junior champion.

It has been a rewarding past few days for the 15-year-old, who was crowned South African Junior Open championship under-16 champion in Bloemfontein over the weekend.

She also defeated the tournament’s number two seed Elzandri Janse van Rensburg 3-0 in the finals.

Van Zyl has secured numerous prestigious titles in southern Africa and was previously the number one u11 player in South Africa. Her other accolades include winning the South African Prince Open in Johannesburg (u11), the South African Nationals (u11), the Bloemfontein Open (u11), the Wilson Open (u11), the African Open (u13) and the senior Wanderers Ladies championship when she was 14 years old.

Van Zyl picked up her first squash racket at the tender age of five but could not have imagined this exciting, high-paced sport code would become her passion in life.

She was inspired by her aunt Tenille Swartz, who reached a world ranking of 28 in 2008 and boasted wins against the five time world champion Nour Sherbini from Egypt and ex-world number two at the time Camille Serme of France.

Swartz’s insight and experience has proved invaluable to Van Zyl’s development, with further guidance provided by her coach Max Endjala, who is currently the top male squash player in Namibia.

Despite her tender age, Van Zyl already ranks as the third best female squash player in the country. Her ability in the sport is perhaps not surprising, given that squash runs through the DNA of the Van Zyl family.

Her father Morné ranks among the top 16 squash players in Namibia, while her two younger brothers, Enré (11) and Ewan (6), are considered emerging talents to keep an eye on.

Van Zyl’s parents, Delia and Morné, are her biggest fans and are constantly looking out for opportunities for their daughter to pursue her passion.

“Visions Consulting is proud to be associated with such a talented squash player,” the company said.

Source: https://www.namibian.com.na/110644/read/Major-boost-for-squash-starlet