BIO #4 – Colin Ramasra (Trinidad & Tobago)
PSA Ranking #355
Colin Ramasra has become one of the Caribbean’s more experienced PSA players having joined in January 2007. He is a 6-time National champion for Trinidad & Tobago and has twice been a finalist at the Caribbean Championships (2007, 2009).
Colin began playing squash when he was 9 years old and has come a long way in the last 2 decades. In addition to his National titles, he has won the T & T Open (2008, 2010), Cayman Open (2010), and St. Lucia Open (2012); he would like to add the Barbados Open and a Caribbean title to that list.Although Colin’s current ranking appears to be low, this is merely due to less tournament participation over the last couple years.
He would normally gain points through our National closed championships, but the last 2 years it was not registered as a PSA. Colin climbed as high as #148 back in June 2009, and in August of that same year, the T & T Mens team won the Caribbean Championships for the first time….(I have a vivid memory of using rum for painkillers after almost tearing my calf muscle in the team final!)
With his home country, Trinidad and Tobago, hosting the CASA Champs this year, he will be keen to impress the home crowd and help the Mens Team to regain the title. He will be eyeing the Individuals title as well, most likely coming in as a #3/4 seed, but as is always the case with CASA, the players tend to come out strongest in the team event. Let’s see what comments Colin has to share with us.
INTERVIEW WITH COLIN
I wanted to give my best against the top squash players in the world and see how I compared. Also I wanted to put Trinidad and Tobago on the world squash map
How has your PSA experience been thus far?
It has been fantastic overall, the training has been tough but extremely beneficial, I have gotten a chance to meet the best players from all around the world and experience different cultures on almost every continent.
Do you have any specific highlights in your PSA career that you remember?
Participating at the World Open in Manchester in 2008 was a truly amazing experience. It was a combined Mens and Womens World Open and the atmosphere was electrifying for the entire event
Is there anything you would still like to accomplish in your squash career?
Yep there are still a few things I would like to achieve: A few more medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games as well as the Pan American Games and a Top 100 World Ranking
Based on your experiences, what advice would you have to give to the younger Caribbean players now on tour?
Just stay focused and determined and your time will come !
Who was your role model growing up?
What are your other sports or hobbies?
Football, sailing, swimming and movies
Three words to describe yourself
Determined, ambitious and funny
I am sure you will continue to inspire the youth in Trinidad as well as other parts of the Caribbean.
Looking forward to being teammates again after we missed last year’s event, so let’s get ready to bring the title back where it belongs.
The Individuals event begins tomorrow (Saturday), so this is likely the last you will hear from me. I’m passing on the torch to the next writer 🙂