J’can juniors impress at regional squash Champs
Jamaica copped one silver and two bronze medals in the individual, age group competition at the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships currently under way in Trinidad and Tobago.
In the under-13 girls’ competition, the young players stormed the courts with Team Jamaica fielding three of the four semi-finalists. The solid run ended with Mehar Trehan taking the silver medal, after losing 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 to Eboni Atherley of Barbados; while Elle Wilson got the bronze after beating her teammate, Sanjana Nallipati 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3.
Jamaica’s under-15 Girls’ champion, Savannah Thomson, rebounded from a semi-final loss to win the bronze medal in her age category. The hard hitter pressured Sigourney Williams of Trinidad and Tobago to post an 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 victory and claim a spot on the podium.
The Jamaican boys fought hard but found the going rough in the ultra-competitive regional contest. Team captain Karan Dhiman finished fifth in the under -19 competition and All Jamaica under-13 boys champion Lukas Thomson also finished 5th in his age group.
In the under -15 Boys competition, All Jamaica champion Tobias Levy finished 6th and his teammate Rhys Greenland was 7th.
“We have seen particularly strong performances from some of our youngest players at the Caribbean championship and we are extremely proud of Mehar, Elle and Savannah who all won medals,” said Chris Hind, president of the Jamaica Squash Association.
“We knew our players would be facing tough competition but overall they have been fighting hard and I know everyone will want to give their best as we move into the team competition,” he added.
The team segment started yesterday and will run until this Saturday.
First up, the Jamaican boys will take on the Cayman Islands in the morning before facing defending champions Barbados in the evening session. The girls will be up against the Cayman Islands in the afternoon round of matches.