Squash on BK's menu
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Restaurant Associates Limited, local franchise operators of Burger King and Popeyes Chicken and Seafood, handed over $400,000 to Jamaica Junior National Squash team towards participation in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) championships on July 13-19 in Bermuda.
The presentation was made to the Jamaica Squash Association yesterday morning at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.
Sabrena McDonald, sales and marketing manager for Restaurant Associates Ltd, said her company was very impressed with the team's performance in finishing second at the CASA last year.
"Last year, we followed the team's progress throughout the tournament and were thrilled when Alyssa Mullings and Ashante Smith won individual titles and then both girls and boys placed second in the team competition and Jamaica placed second overall," McDonald said.
"We want to see the players do even better this year which is why we're providing tangible support because it takes more than good wishes for Jamaica's young athletes to succeed," she added.
She also pointed out that youth development is crucial to her company.
"Youth development is paramount to us. We are proud to be the main fuel behind the squash programme. We want to see players do better this year and focus on an attitude of winning," she said.
Newly appointed coach of the junior squash team, Trevor Grant, said despite his short time in charge, the team could do better than last year's second place and win the championships.
"It's not a good time for an important tournament. However, we have a mixed bag of keen junior players and they have taken to a few methods from me," Grant, who was born in Jamaica but now resides in England.
"I'm looking forward to the team doing better than last year. We have three previous individual champions, and I'm really looking to winning the championships," he added.
Jamaica's Junior national squash team reads: David Mullings (captain), Sebastian Levy, Tahjia Lumley, Jake Mahfood, Julian Morrison, Luke Roberts, Jonathan Walker, Sarah Conway, Mira Handa, Mia Lake, Ashley Lynch, Mary Mahfood, Mia Mahfood and Alyssa Mullings.