AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College Men's and Women's Squash Interim Head Coach Stuart George is set to represent his native Scotland in the squash World Team Championships, which are being held in Washington, D.C. at the Squash On Fire facility.
George, who most recently played for Scotland in May at the 2019 European Team Championships in Birmingham, England, will make his first appearance in the World Team Championships.
"I was absolutely delighted when I got the nod that I had made the team," said George. "It's really exciting to be in the mix with all the best players in the world, not only getting a chance to compete against them, but learn from them."
With the event making its way to the United States for the first time in its 50-year history, competition will stretch from December 14-21, as announced by the World Squash Federation in March, 2019.
At the European tournament, George competed in the Men's Division I Pool A, facing France competitor Benjamin Aubert. The four-match pool finished with a 2-2 split between the two nations, but Scotland prevailed with the win, taking down top-seeded and defending champions France, to seal the bronze medal finish.
For their performance, the Scotland national team was recognized in the 13th annual Sunday Mail and Sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards. The team was shortlisted to win Team of the Year amongst soccer giants Celtic and the Scotland Women's Field Hockey national team. These awards are selected by a panel of judges that choose a set of winners who represent the nation's greatest achievements in the last 12 months.
George added, "It means the world to me to pull on a Scotland shirt again. At heart, I am truly a team player and I feel deeply about competing for, and with, my squad."
George also won a bronze medal with his club team, Edinburgh Sport Club, at the 32nd Annual European Club Championships (2019, Sep. 17-21). Their third place finish was the club's highest placement in its history. George was also a two-time West of Scotland Regional Player of the Year and a two-time West of Scotland Open Winner.
George has Amherst squash off to a great start, with both sides boasting an undefeated record. On the women's side, the Mammoths are 2-0 after sweeping Connecticut College and St. Lawrence, 9-0. For the men, the Purple & White also blanked the Camels, 9-0, on November 16th to maintain an unblemished opening record. The Mammoths will return to action on January 7th when they battle Yale 10:00 AM.
"I love the passion the college squash players bring and team values, working for each other and standing shoulder to shoulder as a singular cohesive unit," George finished. "This is what I live for, so I am absolutely exactly where I want to be right now and I'm excited to represent my country once again."