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Thomson, Levy siblings dominate at All-Jamaica Jr Champs

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It was a sibling success story with Lucas and Savannah Thomson and Tobias and Sebastian Levy winning age-group titles at the All-Jamaica Junior Squash Championships, which wrapped up over the weekend at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.

Under pressure to retain his Under-15 boys’ title, Tobias Levy dug deep to fight off a serious challenge from the improving Rhys Greenland. Levy went the distance to post an 11/8, 4/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/7 win to keep his new rival at bay and claim his sixth national title.

Conversely, the challenge facing older sibling Sebastian Levy was to retake a junior national title after losing in the final last year. The former Under-15 champion overpowered Alexander Desnoes 14/12, 14/12, 11/3 to once again lift an All-Jamaica trophy.

The in-form Lukas Thomson, who won both the national and regional Under-13 titles last year, maintained his dominance despite moving into a higher age group. The promising youngster beat Lek Drummond 11/3, 11/2, 11/0 to claim his first Under-13 crown.

Similar progress was made by Savannah Thomson, who was All-Jamaica and Caribbean Under-13 girls’ champion in 2018. Thomson beat Mia Todd 12/10, 11/7, 7/11, 11/4 to win the Under-15/17 age category.

The Under-13 girls’ title went to Eleanor Hind, who beat former Under-11 champion Mehar Trehan 11/2, 12/10, 11/4. Karan Dhiman took the boys’ Under-19 title in a round-robin contest, which culminated with him beating his namesake, Karan Chatani, 11/9, 11/1, 11/2 .

The award for sportsmanship went to Emily Vaz.

President of the Jamaica Squash Association, Chris Hind, said, “This is the premier event for our junior players, and a lot was on the line, but we saw the youngsters really rising to the challenge and dealing well with the pressures of a national championship, which will serve them well as they prepare for the regional championships, which will take place this summer.”