Ugandan National Squash Team visit Montrose

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The Ugandan National Squash team made a special visit to Montrose at the weekend prior of the Commonwealth Games as the team’s manager is from Montrose.

On Saturday, Montrose Squash and Racketball Club played host to the Ugandan National Squash team.

The team is on a cultural tour of Scotland prior to competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and are being escorted by Clark Adam.

Clark is a Montrosian working in Uganda for the British High Commission and assigned as an attache to the National Squash Team.

A committed squash player himself and member of Montrose Squash and Racketball Club, Clark was keen for the Ugandans to come to Montrose so that they could get some inspiration from the achievements of his home club, before they participate in the Commonwealth Games.

He said: “It was great being back in Montrose and to bring the Ugandan National Squash team to my hometown.

“They’re loving the scenery of Scotland.”

The team left Uganda on July 13 and have travelled all over Scotland from Aberdeen to Edinburgh to Inverness before they head to Glasgow to compete in the Home Games.

Ian Rukunya, one of the Ugandan squash players who is undergoing intensive training in Kenya and Derrick Banyu training at the Kampala club, said: “It has been a great tour so far. Scotland has been the best country we have been to.

“It has been the Scottish tour for us that has stood out.”

The Montrose team, sponsored by Madisons Cafe & Bistro, won both the Dundee and District League title and the Knockout Cup, a great achievement in the first year back in competition since their enforced absence during the building of the new Montrose Sports Centre.

Clark said: “It’s great that after the club was closed for two years in their first season back they won the district title.

“Scotland has a lot of good squash players.”

The Ugandans were treated to some home-baking provided by Madisons and were presented with quaichs and a miniature of whisky by Montrose Squash and Racketball Club to mark their visit.

Michael Kawooya, a top ranked player, is captain of the national team.