Monday 23 September, 2019

Barbados wins Junior Pan Ams in Brazil

Barbados Team with overall Champions Trophy L-R: Coach Rhett Cumberbatch, Amanda Haywood, Jada Smith-Padmore, Meagan Best, Josiah Griffith, Khamal Cumberbatch, Team Manager Josephine Haywood.

Barbados Team with overall Champions Trophy L-R: Coach Rhett Cumberbatch, Amanda Haywood, Jada Smith-Padmore, Meagan Best, Josiah Griffith, Khamal Cumberbatch, Team Manager Josephine Haywood.

The Barbados Junior Squash Team has been declared the Overall Champions at the XVI Pan Am Junior Squash Championships 2018 in Brazil.

This after they gained two golds and one silver at the prestigious major junior event, where they seized the most gold medals of the thirteen participating countries.

The team of Meagan Best, Amanda Haywood and Jada Smith-Padmore sealed the deal in the Girls team event yesterday, after defeating Ecuador in the final. Those two Bajan girls proved to be a force to reckon with when they dismissed two high-ranked teams - Canada and the USA - while making their way to the finals against Ecuador.

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This was the third medal and second Gold captured by the Bajan Gems - Meagan Best seized Silver in the Girls Individuals category, in addition to the Gold seized by the Girls duo. To top it off, the trio team of Best, Haywood and Jada Smith-Padmore displayed sensational team-work and strength, to gain the final Gold in the Girls team category and be adjudged the overall winners of the Pan Am Junior Championships 2018.

The Boys team of Khamal Cumberbatch and Josiah Griffith also put up a strong fight, but it wasn’t enough to make the medal podium.

It was Barbados's first appearance at a major junior championship and this team definitely made their mark in Brazil, bringing glory to the island. 

The support of the National Sports Council and the Barbados Olympic Association played a major role in the team’s achievements and the Barbados Squash Association publicly thanked them for their continued support.

Girls Doubles Team of Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood receiving their Gold medals in the Girls Doubles Category. Second place was Mexico and Third/Fourth – Ecuador and USA. 

 

President Barbados Squash Association, Alison Smith-Padmore, spoke to their performance:

“This is indeed a historic moment for Junior Squash and it is clear that we are doing something right despite our challenges of facilities. I believe that it has a lot to do with the Association putting our Athletes at the forefront and having faith in their abilities even at major events such the Pan Am Championships, as well as the dedicated group of parents. 

"Our athletes are very talented, and they will need all the support they can get to continue to grow and be competitive at high levels. We have an emerging crop of junior athletes who are in dire need of more court time and access to greater resources to develop their skills, and the Association is committed to meeting these needs with the assistance of willing donors and sponsors.”

Girls Team of Jada Smith-Padmore, Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood receiving their Gold Medal. From left, Team Ecuador, Team Barbados, Team USA and Team Canada.

 

The Association also extended special thanks to the President of the Barbados Netball Association, Nisha Craigwell, who came to their assistance in lending them their national tracksuits attire at short notice, for the parade and on the medal podium.

The team is scheduled to return tomorrow afternoon.

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