Grace Lodge Wins US National Championship
Above: Grace Lodge (left) with her Chelsea Piers Coach Arturo Baretto after her win.
Congratulations to Grace Lodge for her National Championships first place win at the MacArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend!
The Darien native, who is ranked #1 for U11 girls in the country, won the final after overcoming a two-set deficit in the middle of the match. Her coach, Arturo Baretto, who Grace trains with as part of our Elite Squash Program, credits her strong work ethic and positive outlook for her success. “I am just happy that all of the work that Grace has been putting in showed up in the final. She overcame a mental hurdle in the middle of the match that made the difference between winning and losing," said Baretto.
Grace, who takes private lessons two to three times per week in addition to her clinics after school, is an inspiration both on and off the court. She credits her amazing support system for helping her achieve the top spot, “I would just like to thank my coach for teaching me all the way and my parents for cheering me on at every match. I could not have done it without my coach and my parents. So, thank you Mom, Dad, and Arturo!”
“We are so proud of Grace,” shared Grace’s parents. “Thank you to the squash team at Chelsea Piers. Arturo started teaching Grace when she was much younger and exhibited great patience and mentorship!”
Grace’s main goal is to become the next World Champion and she plans to accomplish that goal by coming in first at the upcoming US Junior Open and the British Junior Open. We look forward to witnessing more success from Grace in the future and wish her luck in her upcoming matches.
Want to learn more about Grace’s training and how she got started in squash? Check out our interview with Grace from the beginning of the 2019.