Confident players off to Caribbean Junior Squash Championships
A confident bunch of squash players, including seven former Caribbean Junior Champions, recently left for Jamaica where they will attempt to retain that championship when the 30th Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Caribbean Junior Squash Championships get underway from July 20-26 next.
The players were forced to leave in tranches in keeping with the availability of flights and the first batch departed on Monday morning last. The remaining players will leave Guyana on different flights but the entire team will reunite in the Land of Wood and Water by tomorrow afternoon.
Some of the players convened at the Georgetown Club, Camp Street, Georgetown yesterday afternoon and interacted with the press. They all spouted confidence and Manager of the squad, Garfield Wiltshire feels that the locals stand a very good chance of retaining the title which they had won seven times in a row. The former squash king said that while he feels that all of the players are in top form and are expected to do well, he would be surprised if Ashley DeGroot and Female Team Captain, Mary Fung-a-Fat fail to reach the finals.
Mr. Wiltshire also singled out Male Team Captain, Jason Ray Khalil, Jean Claude Jeffrey and Nyron Joseph for special mention. He feels that these three players are on top of their game and should turn in commendable performances. Notwithstanding that, Mr. Wiltshire is backing the local players to retain the title.
His views were shared by President of the Squash association, Roger Arjoon who is also confident that the local racquet wielders would come out successful. Mr. Arjoon praised the efforts of physical trainer, Kezqweyah Yisrael in molding the team to a high level of fitness.
The girls’ team comprises Rebecca Low, Taylor Fernandes, Larissa Wiltshire, Victoria Arjoon, Akeila Wiltshire, Ashley DeGroot and Mary Fung-A-Fat. The boys’ team read Shomari Wiltshire, Ben Mekdeci, Patrick Fraser, Nyron Joseph, Jean Claude Jeffrey, Steven Xavier and Jason Ray Khalil. The team is coached by Carl Ince with assistance from Tiffany Solomon. Garfield Wiltshire is the Manager while Deje Dias is the assistant Manager.
Meanwhile, several junior players that were overlooked for the team championships will comprise the team battling for individual honours. Those players are Daniel and Anthony Islam, Sarah Lewis, Andrew Peroune, Alec Melville and Gabrielle Fraser. This group is also confident of keeping the Golden Arrowhead aloft.