Super Cooper crowned British junior champion

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PONTEFRACT Squash Club’s Jack Cooper won the British Junior Under 15 Championship in Manchester on Sunday.

The 14-year-old (pictured), who lives in Pontefract and attends St Wilfrid’s RC High School, North Featherstone, beat James Peach 3-1 in the boys’ final.

Cooper is a Yorkshire player and England under 15 international. He was unbeaten in all his matches when he played for England in a Five Nations tournament in France and Germany.

In the quarterfinals at Manchester, number two seed Cooper overcame Bradley Masters 11-6, 12-14, 11-3, 4-11, 11-2.

He then beat Emyr Evans 13-11, 11-6 and 11-3 in the semi-finals before facing his close friend Peach, who was seeded number one.

Cooper won 11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 11-7 in a quality final that lasted 42 minutes.

Cooper is trained by Malcolm Willstrop at Pontefract and Nick Williams at Collingham and also does fitness work with Chris Price at Pontefract.

He was originally coached by Terry Dudley when he started playing at Pontefract at the age of nine.

Pontefract’s Katie Smith lost 3-1 to number one seed Emily Whitlock in the British Girls Under 19 final on Sunday.

Smith reached the final by beating Lucy Townley (Cheshire) 11-5, 11-6, 5-11, 11-2 in the quarterfinals and Victoria Temple Murray (Devon) 11-8, 4-11, 12-10, 13-11 in the semi-finals.

Whitlock, who had not dropped a game all week, started the final at a fast pace and won the first two sets, 11-1, 11-4.

Smith hit back in the third, winning 12-10 on a tie break.

However, it perhaps took too much out of her because she lost the fourth 11-1 as Whitlock added the British Championship to her collection of titles.