Barbados Junior Squash Team has been declared the Overall Champions at the XVI Pan Am Junior Squash Championships 2018 in Brazil after gaining two golds and one silver at the prestigious major junior event where they seized the most gold medals of the 13 participating countries.
The Girls team of Meagan Best, Amanda Haywood and Jada Smith-Padmore sealed the deal in the Girls team event after they defeated Ecuador in the Girls Team Finals.
The Bajan girls proved a force to be reckoned with when they dismissed two high-ranked teams; Canada & USA while making their way to the finals against Ecuador.
This was the third medal and second Gold captured by the Bajan Gems.
Meagan Best seized Silver in the Girls Individuals category and the Girls duo of Best and Amanda Haywood claimed Gold in the Girls doubles category.
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 to 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 being short-handed but wasn’t enough to make the medal podium.
This team has definitely made their mark in Brazil and brought glory to Barbados on their first appearance at a major junior championship.
“This is indeed a historic moment for Junior Squash and it is clear that we are doing something right despite our challenges of facilities,” President Barbados Squash Association Alison Smith-Padmore said.
“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.”
The team returns home on Monday, June 25 at 2:48 p.m.