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Sports - December 27, 2013

Julian Singh, 12, claims silver in racquetball

Junior Racquetball Championships held in Bolivia

Julian Singh, 12, returned from the IRF XXV World Junior Racquetball Championships recently with a hard-earned silver medal in the 12 Doubles division. The second-place finish with doubles partner Sebastian Fernandez from San Diego was the highest among Team USA. Julian plays with ClubSport Pleasanton.

"I was very excited to be a part of Team USA, and the overall experience was phenomenal," said Singh. "There were some amazing players."

The Championships were held in Sucre, Bolivia, from Oct. 20-26. Singh and Fernandez edged out the Bolivian team of Gadiel Ramos and Alexander Ramos in the quarterfinals, and defeated the Venezuelan contingent of Enrique Villareal and Luis Valor in the semifinals before falling in the championship match against Bolivians Diego Garcia and Gerson Miranda.

"For Julian to reach the world championships and bring home the silver means a lot to all of us who have worked with him and who continue to grow and build our junior racquetball program at ClubSport," said coach and ClubSport racquetball director Elaine Dexter.

Singh qualified for the event by finishing first at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Championships in the Boys 12 Doubles with Fernandez. It was the third consecutive year that Singh, who has been training at ClubSport Pleasanton for the past four years under the tutelage of Dexter, Ken Stone, Carlos Contreras and recently Pablo Fajre, represented Team USA in the competition.

"The entire experience was amazingly fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat," Singh said. "It meant the world to me to be on the team, and the memories will last a lifetime."

In 2011, Singh finished third in the Boys 10 Singles-Red, and he and Fernandez took home the bronze in the Boys 10 Doubles. At last year's event, Singh and Fernandez reached the quarterfinals in the Boys 12 Doubles.


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