Budding squash talent, Bruce Burrowes, recovered from a poor start here at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, to rack up three straight victories en route to a silver medal in the consolation plate tournament, at the Siri Fort Sports Complex yesterday.
Burrowes went down by a score of 3-1 (3-11, 11-8, 3-11, 3-11) against Bermudan Nicholas Kyme, but in truth, the youngster has gained more than he could have possibly lost, as he takes his first major steps towards establishing himself as a bona fide international standard player.
The son of highly regarded many-time national champion, Wayne Burrowes, the youngster, buoyed by his recent success, is hungry to take his game to an even higher level and is looking forward to putting his new-found knowledge to good use.
"I think I started a bit slowly, but that is probably because it was my first time playing at such a big tournament. But I got my composure as the tournament progressed," Burrowes reasoned after the game.
"It has been a very good experience all around. I'm hoping that next time when I play at this level, being a little bit more experienced, I will do a bit better from the get-go," he added.
Though his accomplishment will not be recognised as an official medal for Jamaica, because of the fact that it is a consolation title, Burrowes is extremely proud of his achievement, and rightfully so.
However, he is disappointed with the result and believes that with a little more luck he could have secured the brighter colour medal.
"I'm not satisfied that I lost at all, I'm still upset about that and I think it's a match that I could have won," lamented Burrowes.
"But what I have taken away from all of this is that my game has improved throughout the tournament, that's the silver lining in the whole situation," he added.
This experience has done nothing but drive a deeper hunger for success within the youngster. Motivated by his supportive mother, Burrowes is confidently looking forward to build on this success and follow along the path that his father has laid.
"I think it's a pretty decent achievement, considering it's my first Commonwealth Games and only my first tournament at this level of squash, so I'm quite proud of it. Next year I'll definitely try to shoot for something a bit higher," Burrowes said. "I haven't spoken to my father yet, but I spoke to my mother and I know that they are both very proud."