Jamaica's senior badminton team returned home on Friday after competing in two international tournaments in the Dominican Republic.
Following an average performance in the Pan American championship, the players rebounded to give outstanding performances in the men's section and a much improved performance in the women's division of the Santo Domingo Open.
Gareth Henry and Samuel Ricketts outdid themselves in the men's doubles when they overcame all seeded pairs to create a major upset and win the tournament. Coach Dr Kingsley Ford was pleased with his players' performances as it was the first senior outing for newcomer Ruth Williams who has just been playing the sport for two years and Katherine Wynter who played in her first senior Pan American tournament.
Dr Ford had insisted that the new administration find the financing to send the team to these tournaments as the points that they will get will put the ladies on the ranking list and move the men further up, giving them a better chance to qualify for the Central American and Caribbean Games and Commonwealth Games next year. According to a release from the Jamaica Badminton Association there was no funding left from the previous administration and financing had to be found through a loan from a past champion.
The players will now prepare for the All-Jamaica championships which will see major differences in its presentation and staging. The junior section (Under-11, Under-13, Under- 15, Under-17 and Under-19) will take place during the last week in November while the Senior (Open ) division will be held in the first week in December.