Family affair - Henry siblings rule All-Jamaica Championships

Published: Wednesday | December 11, 2013 Comments 0
Gareth Henry (right) and sister Geordine celebrate their mixed doubles success at the All-Jamaica Badminton Championships at the Constant Spring Golf Club Rackets Centre on Monday night. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Gareth Henry (right) and sister Geordine celebrate their mixed doubles success at the All-Jamaica Badminton Championships at the Constant Spring Golf Club Rackets Centre on Monday night. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

 Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

It all seemed so natural for the Henry siblings, Gareth and Geordine, to be winning the Open Mixed Doubles title at the All-Jamaica Badminton Championships on Monday night at the Constant Spring Golf Club Rackets Centre.

"It's a brother-and-sister thing. It's natural, as we don't normally practice together," the 25 year-old Geordine told The Gleaner after winning the mixed doubles with her younger brother.

The Henrys defeated Jamari Rose and Katherine Wynter 21-17 and 21-10 in the mixed doubles final at a tournament they both dominated.

Geordine said it was great to end the year as champion, as she was nominated for the RJR Sportswoman of the Year, for badminton.

She also took the women's singles title over Katherine Wynter 13-21, 21-17 and 21-12.

Gareth, who repeated as triple champion, also walked away with the men's singles and men's doubles titles.

He was pleased to have achieved his goal.

"I had set a target, wanted the triple to end the year on a high. It is a great accomplishment," the five-time men's singles champion told The Gleaner.

"Although I was involved in all finals tonight, I played all games hard. It was not easy, but I know I am fit and playing well," Gareth added.

Now, he is looking beyond Jamaica's shoreline.

"Next year in February, I will be playing in the Cuba International, and I am looking forward to that and other tournaments," he disclosed.

TITLE RETAINED

The 22-year-old defeated Samuel Ricketts 21-14, 21-11 to retain his singles title. Then an hour later, he teamed with Garron Palmer and they defeated Ricketts and Sean Wilson 21-15, 24-22 in a tough battle in the men's doubles final.

Afterwards, he returned to the court and teamed with older sister Geordine to win the mixed doubles final against Rose and Wynter.

Robert Richards, who was elected Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president in October, said the tournament was a huge success.

"Well, it has been a huge success so far. We will end with the juniors this weekend, thanks to the sponsors, the committee members and all who were committed to the championships," Richards said.

"It has been excellent since our term in office in October. We have some international tournaments next year, so we will have to make preparations for them. It will be a great challenge," he added.

The main sponsor of the All Jamaica Badminton Championships is Sports Development Foundation (SDF), while the associate sponsors are The Gleaner, LAN Integrators, National Outdoor Advertising, Wealth Magazine, Zip Technologies, Wata and Tru-Juice.

 

 

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