Turmel on top after taking European Junior title

Lucy Turmel
Lucy Turmel in action (Credit: England Squash / Tony Hart)

Lucy Turmel has enjoyed an outstanding start to 2018 after the teenager added the European Junior squash title to January’s British Under 23 title. Studying for a BTEC in Sport, we pinned down the TASS supported athlete to find out more… 

TASS: What did it take to lift the European title?

Lucy Turmel: It took consistent hard work and dedication. My training has to be purposeful and I always want to be doing more than my competitors.

TASS: How did you deal with the pressure of performing at a major international tournament?

LT: I played each game as it came and backed the hard work I had done to give me confidence.

TASS: Is there anything you would change heading into your next international event?

LT: Now I am playing more senior events on the PSA world tour, the desire to win is always going to be there for me. But believing that I can beat higher ranked players is what is more important.

TASS: Overall, what did you learn from the experience?

LT: I learnt that Europe is only a part of the world and to be world class I have to be able to compete with the best in the world at events such as the World Juniors. I will be playing in India this July so that will broaden my experience.

TASS: Do you feel the 2018 Commonwealth Games gave squash a real shot in the arm?

LT: Yeah totally. From a spectator’s point of view it was amazing to watch on the live stream and I can imagine the atmosphere inside the court was even better.

TASS: As an emerging player how encouraged were you by the success of English athletes at the Games?

LT: It was really inspiring to watch the senior English players at the CWG and I hope that one day that can be me.

TASS: Could the Commonwealth Games be a springboard for squash in England and do you have your sights set on Birmingham 2022?

LT: I will only be 22 when the CWG comes to Birmingham but the sky is the limit and I would love to be there.

TASS: How are you managing to juggle your BTEC studies with your squash?

LT: It is tricky. I have to be as productive as possible whilst I am in college. Outside of college a lot of time is taken up by training but I try and fit in time for college work when I can.

TASS: What would you say is the main benefit of being a TASS supported athlete?

LT: I feel very supported being on the TASS scheme. The staff are always interested in my progress and results. For me, I use TASS massage a lot and this is so important to keep my body feeling good to get the most out of myself in training. The funding also helps for travel to events.

TASS: What would you say to other young squash players becoming part of the TASS family?

LT: It is a great scheme to be a part of and gives you access to quality facilities and staff – free of charge.