Amanda Haywood broke a three-year drought of sorts, when she won gold at the 30th annual Caribbean Junior Squash Championships at the Liguanea Club in Kingston, Jamaica, over the weekend.
Haywood defeated all opposition in Under-13 action, including her team-mate Meagan Best in straight games to become the first Barbadian gold medal winner since Cheri-Ann Parris took the Under-19 title for the second time in her final year of junior CASA eligibility.
Barbados also took two silver medals, which added up to being their best team performance since 2006 when they won two gold medals in the Under-17 (Parris) and Under-19 categories (Nadia McCarthy).
Barbadian players finished first and second in the Girls’ Under-13 category and occupied three out of the top five places in the Boys’ Under-13. Both of Barbados’ silver medallists are 10 years old.
Attention has now turned to the team events which started yesterday and continued this morning. These match-ups conclude on Thursday.
The girls’ competition is a straight round-robin involving six teams, namely Guyana, Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Barbados. The boys’ competition involves eight teams separated into two pools of four: Pool A (Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago) and Pool B (Guyana, OECS, Barbados, Cayman Islands.