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Caribbean Squash Championships to start tomorrow in Barbados

Caribbean Squash Championships to start tomorrow in Barbados

Posted by Shanelle Weir on August 15, 2014

After a hiatus of just over ten years, Barbados will be hosting its first regional level squash championship in some time. Fans and supporters are invited and expected to come out in droves to the Barbados Squash Club as our nation hosts the 22nd annual Senior Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Squash Championships.

For the fourth time ever and for the first time since 2003, there will be an invasion of the region’s best squash players as all and sundry put in their bids to dethrone defending team champions, Guyana. 

The event, which started in 1977 as a biennial but changed in 2009 to an annual event, will this year see over 100 players from Bermuda, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, which includes St. Vincent, St. Lucia and the British Virgin Islands, representing seven of the nine territories under the CASA umbrella.

With the tournament starting tomorrow with eight days of straight competition, the local organising committee hosted a media briefing yesterday at the Barbados Olympic Association. Explaining that the seeding for the individual championships are to be done today, President of the Barbados Squash Association, Craig Archer, stated that 14-time and currently-reigning national champion Karen Meakins could very well be a shoe-in for the top spot. 

“Karen Meakins is a seven-time finalist. She has reached the finals on the last seven occasions and has won it once so I’m sure she will be looking to get to another final. 

Her perennial rival from Guyana, Nicolette Fernandes, who is the number-one player in the Caribbean, unfortunately is not attending so we are confident that Karen will be seeded at number-one and we are very, very confident that Karen will be able to bring home the bacon for us this year,” he said.

Meakins, who is also the Women’s Team Captain, mentioned that she had mixed feelings about Fernandes’ absence but is still looking forward to the challenge the team competition will bring. 

“We have been putting in a lot of training and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I also have to mention that I believe this is the best Women’s turnout that we have had for some time in the Caribbean Championships. We have six Women’s teams and last year we had three and the year before it was two. So that is really encouraging as it is really important for women to be in sport,” Meakins noted.

On the Men’s side, Team Captain Shawn Simpson also said that his crew has been working hard and that they are hoping to do well with the home-court edge. 

“The Men’s team has been training hard as well and we are definitely looking forward to doing Barbados proud. We have some improvement to make on our results from last year and given the amount of training that we have done this year, I believe that we will definitely have an improvement in the standings and with that, allow Barbados to recapture the overall team title that we held for three consecutive years until last year,” Simpson said. 

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