Akasham Rajagopaul of St. Catharines, Ont., was crowned champion of the boys U15 division at the 2013 Dunlop Canadian Junior Open at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Rajagopaul, a member of the White Oaks Junior Squash Program, dedicated his title to Mark Sachvie his long-time coach. Akasham played exceptionally well throughout the tournament and dominated his opponent, England’s James Wyatt, in the final winning the title convincingly 3-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-2).
The tournament involved 270 junior squash players from 15 countries and was dedicated to the memory of Sachvie, who hosted virtually every edition of the Canadian Junior Open. Players assembled on court on Saturday (Dec. 7) to remember his life by observing a moment of silence prior to the first match. Sachvie, died of a heart-attack on Nov. 30 this year while attending the memorial for Adrian Dudzicki, a Canadian Professional Squash Player who was hit by a car while on his way to train at the National Squash Academy.
In addition to Rajagopaul victory, Canada won two other titles at the international junior squash event on the World Squash Federation World Jr. Tour. Nicole Kendell (Toronto) won the Girls U13 division and Alyssa Mehta (Toronto) was the Girls U19 victor..
Canadian National Team member Mehta captured her division defeating fellow Canadian team member Alison Richmond of Toronto in three games, while, Kendell defeated Amy Commisso of Toronto in a very deep and talented U15 division.