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Monday , September 23 2019

Kuwaiti student named GWU’s MVP in squash

Al-Terki with the best squash player award.

Al-Terki first Kuwaiti to receive such honor

WASHINGTON, May 5, (KUNA): Kuwaiti sophomore student at George Washington University (GWU) Mohammad Al-Terki was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the squash team in the 2018-2019 season, making him the first Kuwaiti to receive such honor.

In an interview with KUNA Saturday evening, Al-Terki said that during his second season; 2018-2019, he also once again managed to seize his number-one position on the squash team.

He added that for the second season in a row, during the “National team championship,” he was also the only player to not lose any match throughout the tournament, saying, “I played the deciding match to help the team reach the final and also played a crucial match in the final.”

As of now, he is the only player “with a clean sheet in the national team championship with 6-0.

“Along my way to reaching this stage, I have received a great deal of help and guidance from the people around me,” he said.

He dedicated this success “first of all to my country, Kuwait. Kuwait and its support of youth and athletes in general have truly accelerated my potential into becoming of the best.

“I would also dedicate this to my coaches and teammates who have helped me during the way. Last but not least, I dedicate this to my family who have always been on my side and supported me on and off the court,” he continued.

Furthermore, he indicated that during the National Individual Championship, he was also named “All American,” to be among the top 16 players across the nation out of more than 500 players.

“I finished the season with number 12 ranking. With that, I am the first Kuwaiti athlete to do so ever in any sport,” he remarked.

On his beginnings, Alterki noted that he joined the Kuwait Squash National Team in 2009, where he achieved many accomplishments since then, including Kuwait’s squash champion under 17 and under 19, in addition to the Gulf championship under 17 and under 19.

As for his accomplishments at GWU, he said he is “the first Kuwaiti to play and compete for a Division 1 school and the first to play squash in the NCAA Division 1 championship.”

He added that after his first season, he won the “Rookie of The Year” award, which is granted to first year student-athletes who have “truly excelled in their sport and helped their teams reach the next level.

“I was chosen to win this award from between 100 other student-athletes at GWU. I am truly honored as that makes me one of the first people to win this award from the squash team,” he indicated.

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