Forty-two days into his first year at St. Lawrence, Amr Khaled Khalifa ’17 was the Saints’ first-ever squash individual national champion.
Winning wasn’t new for the Cairo, Egypt, native, who was crowned the World Junior Squash Individual Champion in 2010, but Canton and his new community certainly were.
“It was not an easy transition coming from Egypt, but everyone here has been so great,” he says. “My teammates helped me adapt and become comfortable. We play extremely well together and are great friends off the court. I also loved that there were no empty seats during our home matches. The support we got from Laurentians made a huge difference.”
While competing for the title, Amr also was impressed by the support of his teammates. “Since it’s an individual event, not everyone on the team was there, but teammates from both the men’s and women’s teams drove all the way from Canton to Hartford, Conn., to watch me play,” he says. “That really meant a lot to me and it says a lot about this team.”
Amr is looking forward to defending his title, but has his sights set on an even bigger goal. “I’m looking forward to competing for a team national championship,” he says. “We had a great season last year, competing with the very best schools in the game, and the St. Lawrence squash program is now recognized as among the top in the country.”