Jamaican players end CAREBACO champs on a high
Shayne Fairman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Team Jamaica ended the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) championships with a bang as they dominated Friday night's final session, which climaxed at the University of Technology.
There were all-Jamaica finals in the men's singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles.
Gareth Henry won two titles. Henry defeated Anthony McNee 21-17 and 21-15 for the men's singles, before teaming with Garron Palmer to clip Wilroy Myles and Jamari Rose 21-19 and 29-27 in the men's doubles final.
The mixed doubles champions were Mikaylia Haldane and Garron Palmer, who beat Terry Leyow-Walker and Jamari Rose 21-19 and 21-15.
The women's singles final was an eastern Caribbean affair. Top-ranked Solange Guzman of Trinidad and Tobago defeated Barbadian Tamisha Richards 21-4 , 21-11.
Henry was delighted with his performance during the tournament.
"I was unbeaten in the singles. I was expecting the triple crown, but I won two out of three, so I am contented,' Henry said.
Meanwhile, coach Howard Ranger expressed satisfaction with Jamaica's overall performance.
"This has been the best performance that we've ever done. Fifty-seven medals, over 20 gold, plus silver and bronze; I am satisfied," Ranger said.
He added that Jamaica won 15 of the 18 finals contested in the Under-17 down to the Under-11 age groups, as well as every gold available in the Under-19 internationals. "We plan to ensure that the development of badminton is on track. The future looks bright," the coach said.
Jamaica Badminton Association President Robert Richards also had high praises for CAREBACO 2014.
"It started out shakily, worked its way in and turned out to be a big success. Thanks to the media, sponsors, players, and court officials who made us proud on and off court," noted Richards.
Friday's first session results
U-17 boys' singles: Shane Wilson (Ja) bt Narayan Ramdhani (Guy) 21-19, 21-16.
U-17 girls' singles: Ester Reynolds (Ja) bt Jada Renales (T&T) 21-15, 21-9.
U-15 boys' singles: Joel Angus (Ja) bt Brandon Khillawan (Bar) 21-13, 21-13.
U-15 girls' singles: Taina Daley (Ja) bt Ananda Ramsingh (T&T) 21-12, 21-16.
U-13 boys' singles: Zane Reid (Ja) bt Adam Taylor (Ja) 21-15, 21-11.
U-13 girls' singles: Shezelle McTyson (Ja) bt Pryanda Ramdhani (GUY) 21-16, 21-13.
U-11 girls' singles: Rhiana Rust (Ja) bt Jade Thomas (Ja) 21-8, 21-8.