Jamaicans ready for Badminton test
Many-time national champion Gareth Henry will be expected to lead Jamaica's charge for success against their international counterparts at next week's Jamaica International Badminton Tournament.
The stage has been set for some intense action inside the National Indoor Sports Centre from March 17-20 with competition in men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles categories. Jamaica's 26- member contingent will be represented by a blend of youth and experience, headed by top male and female players Henry and Katherine Wynter, respectively.
The 26-member team will have representation in all events.
The country's number one doubles pair of Gareth Henry and Garron Palmer will be looking to reign supreme, while the junior pair, Samuel Ricketts and Sean Wilson, will be a strong duo.
The Jamaicans will also see mixed doubles representation among the brother-and-sister pair of Gareth Henry and Geordine Henry as well as Garron Palmer and Mikaylia Haldane.
Meanwhile, the women's doubles is also expected to be fruitful for the Jamaicans, with leading pair Katherine Wynter and Ruth Williams tipped to go through to the finals.
Next week's tourney will reward successful competitors with Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying points and US$6,000 in prize money.
Five top 100 ranked international players will also be in action.
Twenty-one countries will participate: Jamaica, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Slovakia, Belgium, India, Barbados, Nigeria, Canada, Cuba, Chineese Taipei, Greece, Czech Republic, Peru, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Lithuania, Australia, and Finland.