Jamaica Badminton Association selects strong Team to represent Jamaica in the CAC Games in Mexico

by / Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Published in JBA News

The Jamaica Badminton Association has selected a strong 6 member team to participate in the CAC Games to be held in Veracruz, Mexico November 23 to 28, 2014.

Selection was based on your current overall JBA Player ranking (combined performance in both singles and doubles) which is as follows:

Men:

#1 Gareth Henry

#2 Samuel Ricketts

#3 Garron Palmer

Women:

#1 Katherine Wynter

#2 Geordine Henry

#4 Mikaylia Haldane

The Team Manager is Miss Chereese Ricketts (sister to Samuel Ricketts) and Team Coach will be the National Senior coach, Dr. Kingsley Ford.

The Technical Director for the Badminton section of the Games is Jamaica’s Vishu Tolan (BWF & JOA Vice President), who has been overseeing preparations for the venue and other aspects relating to Badminton.

The team has been in training since a week’s break from the Caribbean Badminton Championships in the beginning of August and are battling the effects of the Chick-V virus, but should all be ready for the games in November.

Some of our players have just returned from the Pan- American Badminton Championships where Geordine Henry had the best performance getting to the 2nd round of her women’s singles and to the quarter finals of the Mixed Doubles with her brother Gareth. Samuel Ricketts currently has an ankle injury, but should be ready for the games. This seemed to have hampered his performance in Canada, but with some rest and proper physiotherapy he should be back to his playing standard by the end of November.

Jamaican players had to qualify to participate in these games, as the sport has grown so much in the region. Players had to play qualifying PAN-AM circuit tournaments last year and early this year to be ranked in a position to make the cut off list of the games. Jamaica got six places after the qualifications. There will be no Team event this time so the competition will only be in the individual events. Singles (Men & Women), doubles (Men & Women) & Mixed Doubles.

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