UWTSD lecturer to captain Wales Masters Squash team


Ceredig Emanuel, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has been selected to captain Wales’ Masters squash team for the forthcoming Home Internationals that takes place in Scotland this weekend.

Ceredig Emanuel

The competition, which will this year be held in Aberdeen from May 18th – 20th, will see the best Masters players from Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland battling on the curt to be crowned the Four Nations victors.

Having taken part in a range of different sports throughout his sporting career, Ceredig Emanuel took up squash after retiring from playing rugby in the mid-1990s.  After playing regularly for clubs in Carmarthen and Llandeilo, Ceredig decided that he wanted to compete at a higher level and this year, entered to compete in the Bourse Welsh Masters Closed Championship that was held at the Swansea Tennis & Squash Club.

Ceredig’s aim was to reach the semi-final of the over 60’s competition and with over 100 entrants, he would have been delighted to have achieved his goal. But after a series of exciting on-court battles throughout the duration of the veterans’ competition, Ceredig exceeded his expectations by winning his category. 

Winning the competition also meant that Ceredig was given the honour of captaining the Wales Squash Masters teams in a series of events throughout the year.

“I was delighted to win the competition – especially as my main aim was to reach the semi-final,” says Ceredig Emanuel.  “I was also honoured to be asked to captain the Welsh team and I’m now looking forward to selecting the squad and leading the team as we prepare to compete in the Four Nations competition.”

Masters events are today gaining popularity in a range of different sports as older people continue to enjoy the benefits of keeping fit and see continued success in their chosen fields.

“You need to be fit to play squash and I really enjoy the fact that I have a focus to my training.   I play matches on a weekly basis in the South Wales league against opponents of all ages and still thoroughly enjoy playing the game,” adds Ceredig.

Ceredig Emanuel

As the Head of the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education at UWTSD, Ceredig Emanuel also sees first-hand the benefits of keeping active in older age thanks to the work of the University’s Centre for Health and Ageing.

Ceredig’s colleagues, Physiologists Dr Peter Herbert and David Gardner are behind the establishment of the Centre for Health and Ageing – a centre that is open to anyone over the age of 50 or any person of any age who has a mild chronic health condition that might benefit from regular exercise. Each participant will have their very own training programme developed specifically for them by a team of experts.

“This is a very exciting time for us at the University,” continues Ceredig.  “We have increased the amount of work that we’re doing with the local community and have given local people the chance to be a part of the Centre for Health and Ageing.  The Centre greatly benefits the health and well-being of the local population whilst also affording our students the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and fitness levels.”

The Centre for Health and Ageing is open to the public and brings together groups who have similar health and exercise needs to socialise as well as to improve their well-being.  The Centre also acts as a research hub looking at how exercise can be used to enhance health and fitness in older people.

“I’m extremely proud of the way the School is developing its links with the community and it’s great to see older people throughout Carmarthenshire benefiting from Peter and Dave’s expertise.”

Having reached a national masters level, Ceredig’s sporting career is continuing to develop and grow.  He’s now looking forward to a leading the national team during a demanding weekend of squash in Aberdeen later this month.

For further information on UWTSD’s School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education, please click here

For further details about Wales Squash and Racketball events, please visit: www.wsrb.co.uk

Further Information


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