Not every M&E consultancy can boast a world class athlete amongst its staff, but at Crookes Walker we do things a little differently. We are thrilled to announce that one of our senior engineers, Ben Gudzelak, has been selected to represent Great Britain at Padel.
Padel is a doubles sport which is a cross between tennis and squash. Particularly popular in Spain and Portugal, it is currently Britain’s fastest growing sport.
Ben started playing four and a half years’ ago, building on a sporting background which encompasses both sports at a high level. He represented Yorkshire at tennis for two decades and has played squash to first team club level. This experience, along with his enthusiasm for a new sport, saw him improve quickly and he shot up the British Padel Tour rankings.
Ben decided to seriously focus on the sport just over a year ago and declared his interest in representing Britain. Since then he has been training hard and playing tournaments all over the UK to improve his British Padel Tour ranking in an attempt to make the British Team. His hard work was reflected in tournament results as he steadily progressed further in each competition, and at the time of writing Ben is 6th in the British Padel Tour rankings.
This improvement and career high ranking has culminated in Ben being selected to represent Great Britain at the upcoming Veterans Padel World Championships in Malaga (8th – 13th October) and the Padel World Championships in Paraguay (29th October – 3rd November).
Ben said about his selection, “It’s a great honour to be asked to represent my country and it’s a great opportunity to gain some valuable experience in a sport I love and am keen to improve at. I’m very appreciative of the support Crookes Walker have shown in encouraging me to take part in these upcoming World Championships and allowing me to take the necessary leave. I can’t promise a result, but I will try my very hardest to represent my country and my company to the best of my ability.”
Stay tuned as we follow Ben’s progress!