Emma Turnball and Jade Pitcairn from Newcastle University's squash club have been awarded full colours this year for representing the Cayman Islands at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia.
The Junior Pan American Games was an international multi-sports event held for athletes aged 17-22 in the Americas. 2021 is the first time the Pan American Games have held a junior event and it involved athletes from 45 different countries.
Emma was knocked out of the women's singles by Mexican Fabiola Cabello Gomez and Jade by Serena Daniel from America. American Marina Stefanoni, ranked 57 in the world, went on to win the event which shows the high calibre of competition at the games.
Both Emma and Jade are stalwarts of the Newcastle University women's team and we were recently delighted to find out that Emma will be going on to do PhD for three years. This isn't the first time the girls have represented their country. in 2019 Emma gained two bronze medals at the annual CASA tournament and won overall team alongside her team-mate, Jade.
It doesn't end there either, as Jade will be getting the incredible opportunity to play for the Cayman Islands at the the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer. All of Newcastle University will be rooting for you Jade!