The Senior Caribbean Squash Championship was held in Cayman 16th to 23rd August.
This year’s tournament saw a record turnout of full Vets, Women’s and Men’s team from 7 countries: Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, Bermuda, Guyana, OECS and host Cayman Islands. Over 100 players competed in Individual and team events.
Team OECS was represented by 13 players, 7 from SVG and 6 from the BVI.
In the women individual Daniella Schuman (BVI) took bronze medal defeating Ashley Khalil (Guyana) 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4. In the men’s individual event Kevin Hannaway (SVG) was ranked 9/16.
In the vets event Men’s over 40 James Bentick (SVG) defended his title winning a record of three years straight. He defeated Steve Smith (Cayman) 3-0, Mark Gilkes (Barbados) 3-1, John Fletcher (Bermuda) 3-0, Ramon Chan-A-Sue (Guyana) 3-0, Joey Levy (Jamaica) 3-0, and Paul DeVerteuil (Trinidad) 3-2.
Women’s over 50 Sherian Slater (SVG) took silver medal. Slater defeated Marion Goodall (Cayman) 3-0, Lyn DeCambra-McLeod (Barbados) 3-0, Rufaro Celestine (Trinidad) 3-0, won by default over Jamaica and Guyana. In the final match Slater lost 3-1 to World Masters player Denise Kyme (Bermuda). The gold medal was however decided on points won as both Slater and Kyme had now lost one match each and had same difference in games and points, won and lost. Kyme narrowly won the gold by having won the head to head with slater.
In the vets team event OECS placed 4th they beat Cayman 3-2, lost to Barbados 3-2,lost to Bermuda 3-2, beat Guyana 3-2, beat Jamaica 3-2, lost to Trinidad 3-2,
Men’s team of Jules Snagg, Kevin Hannaway, Othneil Bailey, Jason Doyle and Romario Constance all of SVG placed 6th. They won Cayman 3-2, lost to Trinidad 4-1, lost to Barbados 3-2 and Bermuda 3-2. While the ladies team represented by the BVI placed 7th. OECS team placed 6th overall with the Overall team Champion being Barbados.
SVG team was sponsored by Gold Sponsors, Scotia Bank and NOC, Silver Sponsors Bickles, Hadley’s Bloom, Quik Print and other personal donations. The next Championship in 2016 will be held in Jamaica and 2017 in St. Vincent.