UWTSD lecturer retains Welsh Squash Masters title


Last weekend, Ceredig Emanuel, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) retained his Squash Welsh Masters 60+ title playing against the same opponent that he defeated in 2018.

Ceredig Emanuel

Having won the fiercely contested final 3 – 1, Ceredig – who plays for Carmarthen and Llandeilo Squash Clubs - was presented his medal by Neath MP, Christina Rees, herself an accomplished squash player having represented Wales in over 100 matches.

Retaining the Masters title now means that Ceredig is likely to captain the Welsh Masters team once again during the home internationals that this year take place in Cardiff from April 26 – 28.

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 last year, entered to compete in the Bourse Welsh Masters Closed Championship, which he went on to win.

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.

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.

“It was inspirational watching the over 75 years final this year, and a reminder that with continued exercise and physical activity it is possible to retain mobility, strength and stamina. This is the mission of the UWTSD Centre for Health and Ageing (CHA) and the evidence emerging supports that premise. A remarkable feature of CHA is the retention rates of the clients – nobody wants to leave! It’s the same in the Squash Master’s circuit where players establish a bond and relationships which lasts decades.”

Ceredig Emanuel

Ceredig’s colleagues, Physiologists Dr Peter Herbert and David Gardner are the academics 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 this year’s home nations competition in April.

For further information on UWTSD’s School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education, please visit: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/sport-health-outdoor-carmarthen/  

Further Information

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