George-based Madibaz squash star John Kuhn continued his education in the sport when he competed in the World University Championships in England last month.
Played in Birmingham, Kuhn finished 20th overall in the individual event and said it was another valuable experience in his burgeoning career.
“There were some tough games and that was a good lesson for me,” said the Madibaz Open champion.
“From every victory and defeat you can always learn, and I took as much as I could from this tournament.”
He said one of his main lessons was about conditioning the body to handle the stresses of top-level squash.
The 20-year-old lefthander grew up in Bloemfontein, where he attended Grey College at a primary level before moving to St Andrew’s School.
After first considering sport science as his career, he took an interest in forestry and is now in his first year at the Nelson Mandela University campus in George.
He said it was an honour to represent South Africa, who ended sixth in the team event.
“I didn’t know much about the opposition, but it was really good to play against so many different opponents.”
Kuhn said one of the big factors was getting used to the courts at the venue in Birmingham, which were made of artificial material as opposed to the brick walls prevalent in South Africa.
“We luckily arrived a few days prior to the tournament which gave us enough time to adapt. But it was not easy to feel completely comfortable.”