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Lumley, Walker lead Ja charge at PanAm

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Chris Hind (second right), CEO of JN General Insurance (JNGI), gives a few tips to junior national squash team members (from left) Jonathan Walker, Tahjia Lumely and Stephan Morrison, while team coach Karen Anderson gives her approval. The players are representing the country at the 2016 Pan American Junior Squash Championships which started yesterday and ends on Sunday in Philadelphia, United States.

KINGSTON:

Jamaica's junior squash team will test their skills on the international stage when they compete in the 2106 Pan American Junior Squash Championships, which started yesterday and ends on Sunday in Philadelphia, United States of America.

The four-man team is headlined by rising stars Jonathan Walker, who finished second in the recent Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) Junior Championships and reigning All Jamaica Under-17 champion, Tahjia Lumley.

They are joined by Adam Ardito and Stephan Morrison, who were also part of the squad which represented Jamaica at the Junior CASA.

The youngsters will do battle with top Under-19 players from the USA, Canada, South America and the Caribbean. All four will contest the 52-man individual draw and the team competition, while Lumley and Walker will also play doubles.

Jamaica's coach, Karen Anderson said, "The Pan American Junior Squash Championships will provide a good indicator of how our juniors stack up against their peers in international squash. We are used to competing in the Caribbean, but to really make our mark in the sport we will have to prove ourselves on the world stage."

Again, JN General Insurance (JNGI) has stepped up to provide support to send the national squash team to an overseas tournament.

Chris Hind, CEO of JNGI, said: "JN General Insurance recently sponsored the senior national team that went to CASA, where Chris Binnie won the men's singles title for the seventh time.

"If we want to continue that kind of dominance, we have to invest in our young squash players, and that's what we're doing by helping to send the junior team to an international tournament," he added.