AJ seniors and masters badminton champs serves off
The 2014 All Jamaica Bad-minton Championships will serve off today at the Constant Spring Golf Club Racquet Complex.
It promises to be an exciting championships as most of the island's top players will be in action. However, notable absentees are Samuel Ricketts who is out due to injury and Geordine Henry will not defend her singles title for personal reasons.
The tournament should see some exciting matches especially from the semi-final stage. Gareth Henry, a triple defending champion, will face new competition from Dayvon Reid who, after years of competing in Canada, plans to make a return in his quest to represent Jamaica in international tournaments. He has been flown in with the sponsorship of Dr Tommy Lee to participate in the tournament. Reid has been undefeated in singles during the Canadian Collegiate competition and is hoping to continue his winning streak which has been made easier with the absence of Ricketts and Shaun Wilson.
Geordine Henry will pair up with brother Gareth in the mixed doubles. With Henry out of the women's singles, the island's top junior, Katherine Wynter, is expected to be the heavy favourite for the female crown.
This will be the final local test for Gareth Henry before he leaves to participate in the Puerto Rico International. He will then travel to Indonesia for training ahead of a hectic schedule next year leading up to the Olympic qualification period.
After years of low participation, the championships will see a high turnout in the master category. Top seeded for both singles and doubles, JBA president Robert Richards will have more than his hands full to keep off keen challengers like vice president David Thomas in both the singles and doubles events.
Meanwhile, Joseph Clarke, the only Caribbean official who participated in the Commonwealth Games this year, has now been appointed as Badminton World Federation (BWF) certified line judge 2015- 2018, inclusive, with the possibility to continue for one subsequent four-year period.
BWF certificated line judges were appointed taking into account both a worldwide balance and gender equity. The number of BWF certificated line judges is kept limited in order to provide those selected with a reasonable number of invitations for duties over the term.