The CGI Insurance/Platinum Motors Barbados Women’s squash team is looking to make its mark as regional level squash returns to Barbados tomorrow after a more than ten-year break.
Team captain Karen Meakins told Barbados TODAY that the team, which is also made up of Alex Jordan, Muffin Stollmeyer, Nadia McCarthy, Amanda Haywood and 12-year-old Meagan Best, was looking to come out on top at the 22nd Annual Senior Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Squash Championships being held at the Barbados Squash Club.
Members of the Barbados team were at Platinum Motors this morning where they met with sponsors, received words of encouragement and also got the chance to show off their uniforms.
“We have a very good chance. We have won many other times in the past. Last year Guyana beat us. We played in Guyana and they actually beat us. It was the first time they ever won it but they will definitely be our main challenge again this year.
“ . . . But the girls have been training really hard for quite a few months now and we have a really good chance of winning the women’s team title back,” she said.
The event, which started in 1977 as a biennial but changed in 2009 to an annual event, will this year see over 100 players from Bermuda, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St Vincent, St Lucia and the British Virgin Islands, competing.
Meakins, the 14-time and currently reigning national champion, has been tipped to take the individual title.
“Usually there’s a player from Guyana called Nicolette Fernandes. She is actually ranked number 19 in the world. She wins it most years. Unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you look at it, she actually is playing in a professional tournament in Hong Kong, so she can’t make it this year.
Meakins said though it was a shame Fernandes would not be at the championships, the Guyanese’s absence gave her a realistic chance of winning the Caribbean title which she had only done once. She noted that winning the title at home would make it even more fabulous.