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Binnie giving squash big push

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
National squash champion Chris Binnie (left) conducting a coaching session with Chancey Gordon of Wolmer's Boys at the Liguanea Club in the New Kingston yesterday.

Jamaica's number-one squash player, Chris Binnie, wants to give the sport a big push and he is now conducting a number of coaching clinics for junior players at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.

The special training sessions are part of the Jamaica Squash Association's outreach project and are expected to be a boost for the youngsters who are currently in a six-month training programme to prepare for the 2018 Caribbean Area Squash Association's Junior Championships (CASA) which will be held in Jamaica next July.

Binnie, an eight-time Caribbean champion, told The Gleaner yesterday that he decided to undertake this project as part of his plans to help to expand the sport across the island.

"I always try to give back," said Binnie. "I work with a bunch of juniors and have this outreach programme with some girls that I worked with from Penwood and some kids from Papine High, so I just do stuff that promotes the game and just give back to people who wouldn't normally get to play the game," he said.

"I also have been working with a couple of juniors who are here for the Christmas ... so I am just doing anything that I can do to give back and help the sport to grow," said Binnie, who has his training base in New York.

 

Talented players

 

He added that there are a lot of talented squash players in the country, but without proper coaching and guidance, they are not going to realise their true potential.

"I think everything that I do will help because it is still a relatively small sport, and access to the courts is very difficult to get. If people can't get access to the courts and people to teach them, then they won't keep developing so I am just trying to get more people involved," said the player who is currently ranked 60th in the world.

Binnie, who recently competed at World Men's Team Squash Championships in Marseilles, France, is set to represent the country at next year's Commonwealth Games in Australia.