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Local racquetball player shows promise at nationals in Grande Prairie

Team Canada’s roster for the 2014 World Junior Racquetball Championships was set this weekend in Grande Prairie.

The top two from each age division from U14 to U18 will be headed to Columbia in October.

They’re a little young yet, but two athletes from Grande Prairie also competed at nationals.

Kai Reum won first in the U12 Challenger Cup, and Tournament Director Jeff Buller says he shows a lot of potential.

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“He’s only been playing for four or five months. He did impress a lot of the coaches there throughout the week, just on the basis that he’s hardly played. I hope he sticks with it; he’s got a lot of natural talent.”

Kai also earned a silver medal with teammate Brayden Buller-aubin in the U12 doubles.

The tournament was held at the Eastlink Centre, and Buller says the response to the quality of courts has been very positive.

He adds he hopes a competition of its calibre will help spread the sport of racquetball further both in Grande Prairie and across Canada.

“My hope is that it gives the sport some exposure here, but I think really what it’s doing is it’s just giving more exposure on a national scale. I know that Grande Prairie’s going to be officially on the map.”



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