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Brilliant Bronze
Thursday 26th November 2015 @ 11:56 by Mark Phillip

A Glossop youngster returned from the World Junior Padel Championships last weekend with a bronze medal in hand.

14-year-old Lawrence Morgan was one of 24 players to have represented Great Britain at the Mexican tournament.

Taking place from the 16th-22nd November, the six day competition provided three age groups with an opportunity to make their mark on North American soil.

Lawrence, alongside his partner Sean Neave, were chosen to represent the under 14 category.

Great Britain, who also deployed an under 16 and under 18 side, came third overall.

The Under 14’s secured their place in the semi-final of the competition after beating Brazil in a nail biting clash.

The victory marked the end of the South Americans unbeaten record.

Lawrence and Sean’s encounter in the semi-final progressed to three sets, which they subsequently won 6-4, 4-6 and 7-5.

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Social media was awash with messages of congratulations.

Zoe Weal commented on Facebook: “Wow fantastic achievement! Well done everyone involved”.

Caroline Gill added: “Didn’t they do well. Congratulations to everyone who competed. Such a good result all round.”

While padel remains largely undiscovered as a sport in England, participation rates are soaring in Spain.

Invented in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969, padel is currently most popular in Hispanic American countries such as Argentina and Mexico.

It therefore comes as no surprise that the Spaniards were crowned world champions on the tournaments conclusion, followed by Argentina in second and Paraguay in fourth.

Having lived in Spain for the past 12 years, Lawrence – who is bilingual and attends St Georges British international school, Malaga – has been fully exposed to the sport’s popularity.

Boasting a community of 725 students – ranging from 3-18 years old – the school has provided a platform for Lawrence to showcase his skills.

Seven years of practice was finally rewarded following a successful trial in Spain last Summer.

Sport is very much entrenched in the teenager’s family.

Lawrence’s cousin, George Lindsay, is the current captain of Glossop North End’s under 17 side – a position he’s held since nine years old.

Ellen Hickson heaped praise on her grandson’s achievements. She told Chronicle Sport: “Representing Great Britain was an achievement in itself, but to return with a bronze medal, as well as breaking Brazil’s unbeaten record, was truly remarkable.

“Lawrence trains frequently in Spain and often plays against adults, but the age difference doesn’t seem to make a difference really.

“I couldn’t be any prouder of Lawrence right now and strongly believe that his efforts across the past seven years have been fairly rewarded.”

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