Preview from Ramon Chan-a-Sue
The 2013 Digicel Senior Caribbean Championships powered by Powerade and Smalta are being hosted in Guyana at the Georgetown Club, August 10-17.
With the decision on squash’s inclusion in the Olympics only four weeks away, another great example of squash’s worldwide appeal, the annual event for Caribbean bragging rights will see athletes from five countries will vie for the individual, team and veterans titles.
The Individual events gets underway on Sunday morning, with both defending champions, Chris Binnie of Jamaica and Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana aiming to defend their men’s and women’s titles respectively, they won last year in Trinidad.
Binnie, who is currently the assistant coach at his alma mater Trinity College, and part time touring professional will be challenged by last year’s finalist Cameron Stafford of Cayman Islands, Guyana’s ageless wonder and 2010 champion Richard Chin. Sunil Seth, a Guyanese living in Australia and competing for Guyana for the first time at the Caribbean level will be the unknown quantity, but is expected to challenge the top three as well. In addition to those four players , there are a number of younger players who will be looking to make their mark at this tournament so don’t be surprised to see a few upsets along the way.
On the women’s side, defending Champion Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana will be looking for her third straight title, but will have to fight off the challenge of Barbados’s Karen Meakins. Between them they have won the last five Caribbean titles. As on the men’s side, there are a number of young players who have graduated from the junior level and will be seeking to make a name for themselves at this tournament.
The team event which begins on Wednesday, will see Guyana and Barbados starting out as favorites to take home the Overall title ( Combined points accumulated from the men’s, women’s and veteran team events).
The Men’s team title should provide an interesting battle, with anyone of Trinidad, Jamaica, Cayman , OECS or Guyana being able to provide an upset and taking the title. It will also mark the return of Mark Chaloner, the former world number 5, who will be representing Cayman Islands for the second time this year.
The Women’s title should be a straight battle between Guyana and Barbados with each team depending on their veteran stars to show the young players the way.
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