Squash royalty hailed at awards ceremony
Following intense action on the courts, the top teams and players in the just concluded 22nd Senior Caribbean Squash Championships received their medals and trophies on Saturday night during an awards ceremony at the Copacabana on Bay Street.
More than 100 players from eight countries participated in the week-long championships which featured the leading players in the region in men’s, women’s and veterans’ competition.
Awards were presented by Cammie Burke, a representative of the Barbados Olympic Association and Sharron Alleyne-Elcock, the Barbados Manager for Massy United Insurance – the major sponsor of the awards ceremony.
Host country Barbados took the overall team trophy, based on scores in all matches in all divisions, while Guyana took both titles in the women’s team tournament and the men’s team competition.
The Guyanese men grabbed the team title with a 4-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago, while the women defeated Barbados 3-2 in their final round-robin match.
Among the most prestigious awards handed out on the night were those for the 2014 Caribbean Squash Queen and the 2014 Caribbean Squash King, the champions of the women’s and men’s singles tournaments.
Forty-two year-old Barbadian, Karen Meakins, produced a dominant display of all-court squash to capture the women’s singles title with a 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 victory over 20-year-old Guyanese, Mary Fung-A-Fat, in the final.
The victory marked a return to the top of Caribbean squash for Meakins, who last won the regional women’s title in 2010.
In the men’s tournament, defending champion Chris Binnie of Jamaica defeated Cameron Stafford of the Cayman Islands 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 to secure his fifth senior Caribbean title.
Both the 25 year-old Binnie and Stafford came to the regional championships in Barbados, after appearances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and thrilled spectators in an exciting final.
During acceptance speeches on the night, the Barbados Squash Association received praise for a well-organised tournament, while visiting players also lauded the hospitality and service shown by the host country.