Denver, CO—May 14, 2015
Harrow Sports is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its Elite Team, Amanda Sobhy. One of the most decorated players in US Squash history, Sobhy signed with Harrow after finishing her college career at Harvard, with four individual national championships to her name.
Sobhy began her international career with a splash, becoming the only player under the age of 17 to win three major Women’s Squash Association (WSA) titles. The 2010 World Junior Women’s Champion, Amanda continues to dazzle the squash community and make history. Not only is she the only American squash player to reach the quarterfinals in the Tournament of Champions, but Amanda also took home gold at her first official event as a professional in the Texas Open last month. She is currently ranked at #10 in the world, showing obvious promise to climb the rankings.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Harrow Family,” states Mark Hayden, Harrow Sports CEO. “She is a stellar competitor and we couldn't be more excited to have a player of her caliber join us.”
"Amanda is one of the smartest and hardest working people I have met in the squash community and I am personally gratified that she has chosen to work with Harrow", added Dave Rosen, Harrow Vice President of Racquet Sports. "I've come to know Amanda and her family very well over her unparalleled career as a junior and collegiate player and look forward to working with Amanda as she continues to establish herself as an internationally renowned squash professional."
After inking her name on the dotted line, Sobhy commented “"I am really excited to be a part of Team Harrow. Signing with Harrow was an obvious choice for me as they continue to grow into one of the worldwide leaders in squash. Their support of the squash community, dedication to delivering the best possible products and their personalized service truly sets them apart from the competition. I am happy to be representing Harrow as I begin my professional career and am looking forward to working with this great company for years to come."
April 14, 2015----Denver, Colorado, Harrow Sports is pleased to announce the newest edition to its Elite Team, Marwan El Shorbagy of Egypt. Currently poised at 12th in the world, Shorbagy is the highest ranked male player to endorse Harrow products, both on and off the court.
Shorbagy made his PSA debut at the young age of 17 and has continued to make a name for himself in the squash community, being only the third player in history to capture two World Junior Championships back to back. He is also the only player to win multiple individual and team World Titles.
"We are thrilled to welcome Marwan to our team," Harrow CEO, Mark Hayden states, "He embodies what our brand is about, demanding excellence, delivering results and most importantly, growing the game of squash. We welcome Marwan with the utmost excitement and look forward to a long and successful relationship."
"I am very excited to be a part of the Harrow Team," comments Marwan after signing his contract. "Harrow has proven themselves as big squash company and I know we will enjoy a great partnership together for an extended period of time. I already can't wait to get that first racquet in my hands!"
In anticipation of this week’s matches against Argentina at Spooky Nook Sports, I thought I’d give some insight into the history of our contentious yet budding rivalry. Games will be held February 13th (6:30pm), 14th (4pm), 16th (6:30pm), and 18th (6:30pm). Check your local TV listing for details on the live broadcast.
Our rivalry with Argentina, it’s like a modern-day adaptation of David and Goliath, only our version picks up in the aftermath of the epic showdown - the 2011 Pan American Game Final - and comes with a slight plot twist, Goliath, Argentina in our case, didn’t vanish after we became victors.
With each contest, the rivalry grows. Here’s what you need to know:
Argentina, ranked #2 in the world, is one of the most dominant nations, alongside the Netherlands and Australia, in international hockey. Their play, typical of its South American roots, is tenacious and energetic, seductively skillful, blazing with fanciful flashes of flare and fire. The crown of Las Leonas, as they are colloquially known in Argentina, glints with the gold of World Championships, the silver and bronzes of Olympics.
USA, ranked #8, is one of the emerging nations on the world hockey scene. Traditionally known for our physical prowess and relentless discipline, our typically brutish play has been technically and tactically refined in recent years. The sophistication enhances our inherent physical abilities and mental fortitude, making us, in my opinion, one of the most dynamic and interesting forces in the game right now.
The storyline hasn’t always been so riveting. In fact, until a few years ago, it was downright predictable. The trailer would’ve read something like this:
America, dutifully playing the role of pesky, Pan-American under study, valiantly takes the field to overcome the seemingly invincible Las Leonas. Chest’s puffing with the forged bravado of belief, the Americans’ style, physical and resilient, keeps the contest close, yet inevitably, the Argentines always pull away victorious.
Argentina had an edge on us. We’d try, try, try, but deep down, I think we questioned whether we belonged. Something needed to change. We needed to reformulate our strategy, figure out what was holding us back, and do something about it.
Our task was to bring Goliath, in our own minds, down to size. Because, you see, here’s the thing about David and Goliath, Goliath so believed his own invincibility, that David was, to him, a mere nuisance. Yet, David didn’t buy the bluster. He saw Goliath for what he was, a massive, skilled, trained, yet most importantly, a mortal fighter. David called Goliath’s bluff.
For years, we’d been buying into the Argentine bluff, trying, and failing, to outdo them at their own game. David didn’t beat Goliath with brute force. We had to find a way to create an even playing field, that meant playing to our strengths – using our discipline to win the small battles, and our resilience to stay in the moment, resisting the urge of getting caught up in the Argentine storyline.
Eventually, the mental block began to unravel. It didn’t happen overnight. It took patience. We lost many more games, but with each loss we learned, and in time we were able to take the field without the weight of the albatross around our necks. We were free to play the game.
In 2011, we had an historic victory over the Las Leonas in the Pan American Games Final. Since then, the scorecard has been pretty even. We won in the 2012 Olympics, tied in pool play at the 2014 World Cup, and in our last meeting, for the World Cup Bronze Medal, we lost 2-1.
With a new cast of characters, the upcoming games will open a new chapter in our ever-evolving rivalry. As they seek to stay atop the world rankings, and we yearn to climb the ladder, much still remains to be written. The only difference now is that Goliath knows the name of David. It’s the United States of America.
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The National Women’s Lacrosse League has announced a partnership with Harrow Sports starting immediately. John McCarthy, commissioner of the NWLL, had this to say about the partnership.
"We are very pleased to enter into an agreement with Harrow Sports,” stated McCarthy. “They have been very proactive with the NWLL, and with the growth of our league, it's a great time for both of us to partner. I'm confident that this will be a genuine win-win partnership."
Harrow Sports has been a leader in the women's lacrosse industry since they introduced one of the game's first carbon graphite shafts in 2003. Harrow has continued to innovate from that day forward and believe that their product offerings are among the most technologically advanced in the market. With the personalized service, custom craftsmanship, and a team of passionate and dedicated employees, Harrow Sports is changing the Sporting Goods industry
Keith M. Krasney, the director of sales for Harrow Sports, had this to say about the partnership with the NWLL.
"We are extremely excited about our new partnership with the NWLL,” mentioned Krasney. “This partnership continues our commitment to women's lacrosse and elevating the sport's presence throughout the world. We look forward to providing our innovative equipment and apparel to all the athletes."
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Denver, Colo. - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - The start of December was one to remember. The 2014 SHOP.CA Women’s World Team Squash Championship drew athletes, coaches and squash
fanatics from 20 countries to share more than just a competition but also the sport. Every athlete kept fans fixated on the court with heart-pounding action all week long.
England defeated first-time finalists Malaysia 2/1 to win the 2014 World Championship title for the seventh time this past weekend. Team Malaysia upended the favorite, Egypt 2/0 in the semifinal round. Raneem El Welily fell to Nicol David in one of the most competitive match ups of the week and Low Wee Wern upset Nour El Sherbini for the deciding point to solidify Malaysia’s slot in the final. Amanda Sobhy and Team USA beat France 2/0 to capture 5th place and their best finish in the World Team Championship. Lastly, we would like to highlight Omneya Abdel Kawy who played in her eighth World Championship!
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Harrow Sports proudly outfitted Team Canada, Malaysia, India, USA, Wales and was the official apparel provider and racquet sponsor of the WWT Tournament. Harrow also supported the new line of string during the tournament. If you didn’t get a chance to test the new line of string, please contact Dave Rosen or Manek Mathur for samples.
Team Harrow would like to welcome Laurens Jan Anjema and Donna Urquhart back to the court after months of being sidelined with injuries. We are thrilled to see the Harrow racquets in hand and moving!
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Harrow Sports is pleased to announce a three year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League commencing with the 2014-2015 season.
Harrow has had the pleasure to work with hundreds of ACHA programs providing equipment, uniforms, team apparel and bags throughout the years and is thrilled to begin this venture with the ACCHL.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with additional teams in the ACCHL under a unified agreement,” said Todd Johnson, Club Sports Advisory Board Chairman of Harrow Sports. “We simply ask teams to give us their wish-list and allow us to win their business with proven products and trusted service and delivery. To have the support of this approach from the ACCHL is wonderful. We look forward to supporting the league initiatives over the course of the term.”
“The ACCHL is ecstatic to have recently partnered with Harrow Sports,” states Mike “Sheriff” Walley,Commissioner of the ACCHL. “Our teams will benefit from the phenomenal quality of products, customer service and expeditious delivery service that is proven second to none. The ACCHL would also like to thank Harrow Sports for their extremely generous support for the ACCHL All-Star game and tournament.”