Donna picked to take on the world

TWO-TIME Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year Donna Urquhart has been selected No.1 seed in the Australian women's team to contest the World Junior Squash Championships in Belgium next month.

The former Yamba resident, now living in Brisbane to train at the Australian Institute of Sport, is rated one of the world's most promising junior squash players.

"I'm thrilled, stoked to be in the team and get the No.1 seeding," the gifted 18-year-old said.

"We've got a good team this year and hopefully we get seeded in the top four.

"I think we've got a really good chance at the world titles."

The championships are scheduled for July 21-31.

Later this month Urquhart will lead a five-player Australian women's team to New Zealand for a Trans-Tasman Test series.

Urquhart attended the last World Junior Squash Championships held in Egypt when she made the final 16. Compatriot Casey Brown (Taree) won the world title and the Australian team finished runner-up to Egypt in the teams event.

Prior to the world championships, Urquhart was runner-up in the Scottish and British junior titles in her first foray against international competition.

Urquhart won two of three qualifying tournaments to gain selection for this year's world championships team.

Urquhart left Yamba to attend the AIS full-time last January.

"I'm loving it. Everything is going really well," she said.

"I've improved my squash heaps. The coaching is fabulous."

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