TEENAGE sensation Alistair Mutch has been crowned a five-time national champion.
The 17-year-old Chester Rugby Squash Club player is celebrating after powering to victory at the Under 19s Welsh Junior Closed Championships.
His triumph in Prestatyn means he can now lay claim to the honour of being a national winner at all five junior levels from Under 11s upwards - the first boy to accomplish the feat since Wales captain Scott Fitzgerald in 1999.
Ranked number three in Wales for his age group, Mutch, from Penyffordd in Flintshire, exhibited his trademark attacking play to claim his latest title.
He thumped number one seed Jonathan Davies 3-0 in the final - but only after a slow start.
Mutch looked dead and buried in the first game at 8-2 down. But he showed great mental strength to storm back and take it 10-8 before going on to net the next two games 9-7 9-4 in a thrilling showpiece.
He was just as good in the semi-finals as he trounced Jonathan Jones, who is ranked one place lower than him in the Welsh standings, 9-0 9-0 9-6.
Mutch - now playing at a level that is far above anybody else for his age in Wales - puts a lot of his success down to the help he receives from his experienced clubmates at Chester.
One of them, Jethro Binns, is a regular in the Welsh party and Mutch would love to follow in his footsteps.
Wales are preparing for a major tournament that will see them pit their wits against Australia, Egypt and reigning world champions England.
If that comes too early for Mutch - who reached the last four-stage of last year's U17s British National Championships - his next aim will be to book his place at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.