GSA to unveil plans for hosting Caribbean Junior C/ships today
The Guyana Squash Association (GSA) will unveil its plans to host the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships today at the Georgetown Club Courts from 16:00h.
Guyana are seeking to win their 13th consecutive title, given that the team comprise some of the most talented and outstanding youth players of the Region.
Last year, Guyana retained the overall Team Title for the 12th consecutive time with a hard-fought three matches to two victory in the Boys Team segment, while earlier in the day, the girls had narrowly lost to Barbados by three matches to two, to finish second.
Given their familiarity with the courts here and the usually massive home support, the Guyanese are firm favourites to repeat as Team champions.
However, it will by no means be an easy task for the host nation, as the other countries will no doubt be looking to up their game, especially the Barbados, who gave the Guyanese a run in 2016.
GSA President Robin Lowe, in a recent interview with Guyana Times Sport, contended that although the team have been dominant for over a decade, the championships would be no walk-over on home turf.
“It is not going to be a walk-over; it is always going to be a fight. Guyana has dominated over the past 12 years, which in itself is a feat; we have the advantage this year playing home, but the other teams are playing hard as well,” Lowe expressed.
The locals will have the likes of Junior Champion Shomari Wiltshire; Taylor Fernandes (who is playing in her final season as a junior); Alex Cheeks; Makeda Harding and Abosaide Cadogan among other talented players to carry the fight to the opposing teams.
With respect to the facilities, the Georgetown Club Courts, along with the National Racquet Centre, will undergo rehabilitation works.
“Both venues are going to be upgraded; at the Racquet Centre… we are putting in new floors and that is possibly three-quarter way finished; there will also be seats for at least 70 people; both venues will be up to scratch ahead of the event.”